Hebburn Sports & Social Ground – Ebac Northern League Division 1.
Attendance – 158.
Hebburn Town suffered derby day despair as South Shields blew them away in the first South Tyneside derby of the season at the Hebburn Sports & Social Ground thanks to a magnificent Peter Kane hat-trick and a superb all-round team performance where they never looked like relinquishing control of the game.
After only three minutes, Shields served Hebburn with a warning when Jonathan Wightman dispossessed Carl Paterson and after exchanging passes with Kane, the Shields winger fires just wide of Dan Regan’s goal.
With Hebburn’s defence under pressure, Kane then struck a superb 30-yard shot on the turn than struck the upright before Anthony Burnell wasted a good chance to fire the visitors into the lead, only to snatch at his shot and pull it wide. Chris Jewels had a good chance from a Jonny Davis corner but the captain was unable to get his header on target; that was a rare chance for the Hornets.
The opening goal was on the cards with the Hebburn defence creaking and Kane headed Shields ahead after 22 minutes. Barrie Smith rampaged down the right-side of the pitch and delivered a back post cross that Kane nodded in.
Hebburn were denied a penalty on the half hour mark when Lee Bell punched the ball clear when under pressure from Tony Stephenson. The referee, on the wrong side of the South Shields captain, was unable to see the offence and play continued on.
The lead was extended on 32 minutes when a Paul Talbort corner was headed in by Glenn Ford with the centre-back rushing in at the back post to finish.
With four minutes of the half remaining, the match was over as a contest when Kane notched his second of the game his team’s third of the afternoon. Chris Feasley collected the ball on the left and drilled in a low cross that Kane dispatched at the back post, clipping the ball high past Regan.
Hebburn kept trying to get forward, and with Stuart Nicholson introduced at half-time to join Tony Stephenson in the forward line, there was hope for Hebburn. But that all disappeared after 54 minutes when Kane struck his hat-trick goal.
Wightman’s wing play, threatening to Hebburn all afternoon, started the move and when the ball was crossed over, Kane allowed it drop past him before unleashing a left-footed volley back across Regan with the Hornets ‘keeper having no chance of making a save.
With Hebburn demoralised, Shields coasted through the remainder of the match to secure their first league away win of the season and climb out of the relegation places. The victory also serves as timely boost to their confidence ahead of Wednesday’s trip to Guisborough.
The Honets will look to get the loss out of their system when they entertain Ashington on Tuesday evening in a match with both sides looking to keep in touch with the pack of clubs at the top of the table.
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|1. Dan Regan|
|5. Dan Kirkup|
|6. Jeff Forsyth||Yellow Card|
|6. Chris Jewels|
|7. Stephen Forster|
|8. Paul Gardiner|
|8. Scott Robson|
|9. Tony Stephenson|
|11. James Luccock|
|5. Paul Wardle|
|9. Stuart Nicholson|
|10. Aaron Croft|