Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Fa Vase / Ebac Northern League

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Fa Vase / Ebac Northern League

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Byline: malcolm pratt

IT'S 45 years since North Shields enjoyed the most memorable game in their history when they defeated Sutton United 2-1 before a crowd of 47,500 to lift the coveted FA Amateur Cup at Wembley.

And lifetime supporter David Thompson remembers the day as if it were yesterday.

The FA Carlsberg Vase superseded the Amateur Cup and ahead of this afternoon's Fourth Round tie against Consett at the Daren Persson stadium he recalled the visit to the capital, saying: "I was just a boy and went with my father who was also a big supporter of the Robins.

"It's a day I'll never forget and I would love to go back in May for the Vase Final."

Assistant manager Andy Bowman reckons the Shieldsmen are in with a chance of taking another step along the road.

"We go into this afternoon's game leading the Ebac Northern League First Division and although Consett have been able to pull results out of the bag, we are in top form," said Bowman.

A boost to Shields' chances is the return of prolific scorer Gareth Bainbridge who in total has missed 14 games this season because of injuries.

But in just 21 starts he has racked up no fewer than 30 goals to add to the 55 he scored last season. "Obviously, having Gareth back is tremendous news. He has been out recently for several weeks but is now fully fit and so also is John Parker," enthused Bowman.

If only Consett boss Kenny Lindoe was in a similar position he would be a lot happier.

Once again, his side is severely depleted with Chris Elliott, Ryan Bell and David Brown injured and Mattie Slocombe and Carl Pieca banned.

"It's unfortunate but one of those things. We had an excellent result last week to take into today's game. The lads who came in did very well and I know they'll all give it their best shot," said Lindoe.

Dunston UTS are the only other ENL side still in the Vase and they set off yesterday for their tie with Heanor Town in Derbyshire. …

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