Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Young Guns Save Shanks

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Young Guns Save Shanks

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So far in this campaign ex-champions Shankhouse have had a lean time in the Premier Division ( disappointing when judged against performances in previous campaigns.

The departure of some senior players to Northern League clubs has landed team boss Gary Kirkup with a few headaches but bringing in some promising youngsters could now be starting to pay off.

Only beaten once in their last nine outings, Shankhouse are once again emerging as one of the stronger sides in the league's top flight. And although they are currently only in seventh place, games in hand mean that a top two finish may not be out of reach.

At Northburn last Saturday, Kirkup's reshaped side faced a stiff test against a Blyth Town outfit seeking a first away win of the campaign.

Shankhouse have been making a habit of snatching late winners and did it again to beat their visitors 2-1. Brian Cole opened the scoring just after half-time for Blyth but on the hour mark his Shankhouse namesake Graeme Cole levelled from the penalty spot.

Then, with only a minute to spare, Carl Moir settled the issue in the home side's favour.

Premier Division leaders Harraby Catholic Club added three more points to their championship pot by beating hosts Easington Colliery 2-0.

The Colliery had been proving difficult to beat on their own patch but were sunk by Harraby goals in each half supplied by Jordan Coulthard and Mark Shiel.

Despite being on county cup duty, Wallsend stayed put in second place and Walker Central are still occupying third spot. The Central, with only four games left to play, completed their home fixtures with a 1-0 victory over Northbank.

Unbeaten in their last 11 matches at Monkchester, Walker shaded this one with a winning strike in the first half by Ian Dunn.

While Ponteland United were otherwise occupied they were overtaken by Carlisle City, who hammered bottom-rung visitors Peterlee Town 7-0. …

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