As the year comes to a close, Christmas signals the halfway point for most English football leagues, the Ebac Northern League included. Here we take a look at the season so far for the Robins as they perch fifth in the league.

The Robins’ season started off slow, with the side only picking up four points from a possible 18 in their first six games through August.

North Shields turned their fortunes around however in early September, kicking off an electric vein of form and managing an impressive six wins out of eight, drawing one of the remainders.

The run was teeming with goals. The Robins bagging 20 over this spell, including a 7-0 rout at home to Penrith in the Northern League Challenge Cup.

North Shields hit patchy form come mid-October, a loss to West Auckland Town at home and stinging knockout in the Challenge Cup away at rivals Whitley Bay saw a rough conclusion to the month.

Wounds were quickly healed over however as days later in November at the Daren Persson Stadium, North Shields convincingly avenged their midweek misery to El Coastico rivals Whitley Bay with a 2-0 victory in front of over 400 spectators.

Shields have been going steady in their most recent fixtures, a great 2-2 result at an unbeaten Dunston UTS side mid-November and a convincing 4-1 victory at home to Hebburn Town on Saturday see the Robins in a respectable 5th place in the Ebac Premier Division.

Consistency was the on the mind of Marc Nash following the win against Hebburn: “It’s frustrating when you see we go to Dunston and be the first team to beat them nearly, we were close. We’re beating RCA, we’re beating Shil(don) we’re beating big teams! But then Consett and Bishop (Auckland) were a little reminder that we’re doing okay but we’re not as it should be to be at the top which is consistent”

Nash’s forwards Gary Day and Ryan Carr at least have managed consistency this year, scoring 14 league goals between them so far, and 16 including cup competitions.

North Shields next game is the season’s second El Coastico fixture, at the Hillheads in Whitley Bay. Saturday 15th December 3pm.