Shildon over 40s got back to winning ways after a 2-0 win over The Doxy Lad in the league on their first home game of the season to be played at the Rec.
There were major changes to the team due to holidays but the squad’s strength in depth this season made sure it did not impact on the team.
After a shaky start at the back due to some wayward passing, they soon took control of the game with some fluid one touch football.
After an early injury to Costello, Bowtell made his debut in defence alongside Scott and Bannister and soon was at home defending rather than causing havoc in the opponents’ half.
After 30 minutes Shildon’s pressure paid off and from a corner, Garry Scott headed the ball into the net to give the home side a 1-0 lead.
But Scott was not finished there. He popped up again in the box after a beautifully weighted free kick by Bannister caused confusion in the Doxy defence an slotted home to make it 2-0 at half time.
The second half continued as the first with Shildon in complete control of the game with the away side not troubling McMahon in the home team’s goal.
Shildon had a chance to extend their lead, but with some wayward shooting the scores remained level.
However, they had the perfect opportunity to put the game to bed when Davis won a penalty after being tripped in the box.
Bannister must have had Wheldon’s boots on from last week as he tamely hit the ball back to the Doxy goalkeeper.
This Saturday, Shildon are at home again at the Rec with kick off at 10.30am.