Railwaymen back on track

After two disappointing defeats, the Railwaymen were anxious to get back on track on Saturday 14th March when they entertained local rivals Bishop Auckland.

Shildon started off in lively form with Paul Connor twice going close and Jamie Harwood trying his luck from long range on 12 minutes.

Billy Greulich-Smith then forced Bishop’s keeper Scott Pocklington into a full stretch save.

However, against the run of play, it was the Two Blues who broke the deadlock on 20 minutes when Andy Johnson broke down the left to find the net with a low angled shot past keeper Kyle Hayes for a shock opener for Bishops.

A minute later Shildon’s problems were doubled when, after dodgy defending, a goalmouth scramble resulted in John Butler making it 2–0 to the visitors.

Shildon pulled a goal back on 39 minutes when Bishop’s defence failed to clear a Chris Emms corner with the ball falling to Daniel Moore, who crashed a low drive into the net through a crowd of players.

Half Time: Shildon AFC 1 Bishop Auckland 2.

After the break the rejuvenated Railwaymen were quickly on the offensive with Greulich-Smith causing problems and Paul Connor just failing with two goal attempts.

On 51 minutes, fine football from Lee Scroggins and Ben Wood set up Chris Emms to fire home from the edge of the box for the equaliser.

On 55 minutes Ben Wood lost his man down the left to cross to Paul Connor who volleyed home, only to be denied by the linesman’s offside flag.

Shildon’s forwards were now running the Bishop defence ragged and on 57 minutes Paul Connor, from the left, crossed for Chris Emms to put the Railwaymen in front 3–2.

Just after the hour Chris Emms, this time from the right, missed a glorious opportunity for his hat-trick. Minutes later the same player missed yet another chance.

On 67 minutes Ben Wood picked up a clumsy clearance, beat his man and coolly slot low past Pockington to make it 4 – 2.

Shildon were now in total control with Bishop quickly collecting three yellow cards and Kyle Hayes, in the Shildon goal, not having a save to make as the home side were encamped in the Bishop’s half.

In the closing minutes, substitute Micky Rae headed wide from a perfect position, Mark Doninger lobbed the ball over from 18 yards, then Rae, Doninger and Greulich-Smith all bombarded the bamboozled Bishops.

Final Score: Shildon AFC 4 Bishop Auckland 2.

Goalscorers: Moore 39, Emms 51, 57, Wood 67.

Subs: Doninger for Wood 78, Rae for Connor 70, Ellison for Greulich-Smith 87.

Bookings: Scroggins, 35.

Man-of-the-Match: Billy Greulich-Smith.

All the team showed character to come back from two down to win 4–2.

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