North Shields completed a dramatic late comeback as four goals in the last 20 minutes saw the Robins come from behind to beat Jarrow Roofing 6-5 in the Ebac Northern League First Division on Saturday in Marc Nash’s first game as manager.
Shields got off to a great start with Dean Holmes opening the scoring but were quickly pegged back by a Dennis Knight strike.
Nash’s side responded well, taking the lead through an own goal, but Roofing were level again shortly after through Liam Anderson.
Knight then added to his earlier goal, scoring two penalties to complete his hat-trick and added his fourth on the stroke of half time.
Sub Gareth Bainbridge pulled a goal back for Shields with 20 minutes to go and then added a second minutes later.
Shields pulled the game level in the last minute with Holmes finding the net and the Robins weren’t done yet as Holmes smashed in a late volley to complete his hat-trick and see Shields take all three points.
There was a lot of intrigue going in to the game with Brian Smith and his coaching team having all left the club in the last week being replaced by Nash and the coaching team from Whitley Bay.
Nash brought former North Shields boss Anthony Woodhouse with him as his assistant and Chris Moore as coach.
The trio have been in charge of Whitley Bay since November 2016, with Nash catching the eye as a very successful manager of their reserves team before earning promotion to first-team manager.
He won half of his sixty-six games in charge, an excellent 50% win ratio, with sixteen draws during his tenure.
Woodhouse was manager of North Shields from 2009 to 2012 before re-joining the Seahorses, whilst Moore was an FA Vase winner with Whitley Bay in 2009.
Chairman Alan Matthews said: “We’re delighted to make these appointments.
“All three have a wealth of experience and are aware of our hopes for the future of the club. I’d like to personally extend a warm welcome to all of them.”
Nash replaced Brian Smith, who resigned from his position last week. Gary Ormston has also stepped down from his role as assistant but will continue in a playing role for the Robins.
Andy Gowans, Wilf Keilty and Bob Scott also left their positions.