Month: September 2014

FA Cup 3rd Qualifying Draw

Shildon will play Stourbridge in the 3rd Qualifying Round of the FA Cup at Home.

Ties to be played 11th October

Third Round Qualifying draw

1 North Ferriby United v Grantham Town
2 Tamworth v Coalville Town or Lowestoft Town
3 Leamington v Worcester City
4 Guiseley v Halesowen Town
5 Runcorn Town v Norton United
6 Shildon v Stourbridge
7 Bradford (Park Avenue) or AFC Fylde v Buxton
8 Bedworth United or Mickleover Sports v Blyth Spartans
9 Stockport County v Ilkeston
10 Barwell or Norwich United v Curzon Ashton
11 Colwyn Bay v Warrington Town or Sheffield
12 Tividale or Leek Town v Boston United
13 Bamber Bridge v Chorley
14 King’s Lynn Town v Lancaster City
15 Gainsborough Trinity v Marine
16 Spennymoor Town v Ashton United or Salford City
17 Grays Athletic v Bromley
18 Dorchester Town v Hendon
19 Barton Rovers v Canvey Island
20 Folland Sports or Frome Town v Boreham Wood
21 Dorking Wanderers v Maidstone United
or Biggleswade Town
22 Histon or Evesham United v Chalfont St Peter
23 Staines Town v Paulton Rovers or Gloucester City
24 Chippenham Town v Hemel Hempstead Town
25 Wealdstone or Concord Rangers v Winchester City or Newport (IW)
26 Blackfield & Langley v Aveley
or Willand Rovers
27 East Thurrock United v Bishop’s Stortford or Tooting & Mitcham United
28 Billericay Town v Weymouth
29 Wingate & Finchley v Havant & Waterlooville
30 Maidenhead United v Larkhall Athletic or Gosport Borough
31 Needham Market v Witham Town
32 Romford or Kingstonian v Eastbourne Borough or Enfield Town
33 Flackwell Heath v Weston Super Mare
34 Greenwich Borough v Redhill
35 Bath City or Poole Town v Shortwood United
36 Ebbsfleet United v Basingstoke Town
37 Harrow Borough v Waltham Abbey
38 St Albans City v Brackley Town or Farnborough
39 Sutton United v Burgess Hill Town
40 Whitehawk v Chelmsford City

Shildon 1 Stalybridge 0

Shildon AFC Worthy Winners

In front of a large home crowd Shildon AFC went through to the 3rd Qualifying Round of the F.A. Cup after an excellent 1 – 0 home win against Stalybridge Celtic FC from Manchester, who play in the Conference North League.

After reading Celtic’s match report written by Debbie Taylor, I think she cannot have been at the same match as everyone else. She starts her report by saying “One defensive lapse midway through the 2nd half was enough to send Celtic back home out of the F.A. Cup. Shildon seemed to have set out a plan of being dangerous from set pieces”.  Let me tell you what really happened. Shildon were the better side for the whole of the game, and despite the score being 0 – 0 at half time, the Railwaymen could easily have been at least 4 – 1 up at the break.

On 6  minutes Billy Greulich-Smith’s shot was well saved, then Darren Craddock headed downwards and over from 6 yards. Next Ben Wood headed over from a corner and Daniel Moore headed over the bar. They were not set pieces, but two corners. On 36 minutes Micky Rae was put through but keeper Lewis King blocked his shot. On 40 minutes Lee Scroggins fired into the bottom corner but again the keeper made another good stop.

Celtic, on the other hand rarely troubled Shildon’s defence. On 28 minutes No 11 Liam Dickinson’s shot was well blocked by Daniel Moore, then just before the interval an isolated attack saw Anthony Malbon hit the post and No 11 Liam Dickinson fired in the rebound into the empty net, only to be ruled off side.

Half Time:  Shildon AFC 0  Stalybridge Celtic FC  0

There were fewer chances in the 2nd half, but Shildon were still the better side and on 59 minutes Billy Gruelich-Smith sprinted between two defenders and fires a left footer into the top corner for  a deserved lead.

After the goal, Celtic came more into the game especially down the right hand side, but not really troubling Shildon’s defence. In fact their only chance of the half was a Nathan Heath header on 82 minutes which went wide.

For Shildon, Micky Rae went close, and Billy, on the back post shot wide. Near the end Ben Wood’s effort was saved by the keeper with his feet.

Final Score:  Shildon AFC  1  Stalybridge Celtic FC  0

Goalscorer:  Greulich-Smith 59.

Subs:  Harwood for Rae 80, Rundle for Wood 87

Bookings:  (Y)  Craddock 49, Scroggins 65.

Man-of-the-Match:  Billy Gruelich-Smith

After the match manager Gary Forrest said “We were superb today. We were better in every department and thoroughly deserved to win”.

Everyone in the ground including all the Celtic supporters and directors agreed Shildon were worthy winners. Celtic manager was gracious in defeat saying “I have to question the desire and commitment of some of my players. You couldn’t tell which was the full time side and which was the part time side”.


Pictures Courtesy of  Tom Clegg

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League Cup 1st Round

A Comfortable Win

Shildon AFC progressed to the next round after a comfortable 4 – 1 win at home on Wednesday 24th September against 2nd Division side Whickham in the 1st Round of the Brook Milestone Northern League Cup.

The Railwaymen scored after 18 minutes when a good move between Emms and Wood was finished off by Micky Rae.

It was all Shildon but they were unable to add to their score before the break.

Half Time:  Shildon AFC  1  Whickham  0

Early Shildon pressure saw Lee Scroggins head just over, before he hit the post twice.

Two minutes later on 62 minutes Whickham scored with their one and only chance of the game when a left hand cross was headed in by No 6 Chad Collins.

A minute later Shildon’s Ben Wood was brought down in the area for a penalty. He picked himself up and took the kick, but it was easily saved by keeper John Mordey.

After constant Shildon pressure they finally took the lead on 80 minutes when a cross was headed home by Lee Scroggins after a tangle with the keeper. The two players were on the ground when Mordey was given a red card for kicking out at Scroggins.

Shildon streamed forward and another goal quickly followed when a close range headed by Jamie Harwood was headed over the line by Billy Greulich-Smith.

On 87 minutes Ben Wood had an open goal but he hit the bar.

Just before the whistle Billy Greulich-Smith got his 2nd goal of the night with a low left foot shot into the bottom corner.

Final Score:  Shildon  4  Whickham  1

Goalscorers:  Rae 18, Scroggins 80, Greulich-Smith 82, 90.

Subs:  Rundle for Emms 73, Harwood for Rae 82, Hudson for Scroggins 84.

Man-of-the-Match:  Lee Scroggins

A comfortable win. Should have won by a much bigger margin.


Shildon will be away to Tow Law in the 2nd Round.

Date to be arranged.



Durham Challenge Cup Draw

Shildon have been drawn away to Sunderland Ashbrooke Belford House of the Wearside league.

First Round to be played by Saturday 1st November 2014

Full Draw as follows
14 Sunderland RCA v Stockton Town
15 South Shields FC v Easington Colliery AFC
16 Jarrow Roofing BCA v Tow Law Town
17 Hartlepool FC (Wearside) v Sunderland Silksworth CW
18 Sunderland Ryhope CW v Consett AFC
19 Norton & Stockton Ancients v Wolviston FC
20 Durham City v Annfield Plain
21 Dunston UTS v Washington FC
22 Whickham FC v Bishop Aucland FC
22 Seaton Carew (WEAR) v Billingham Synthonia
23 Willington FC v Billingham Town
24 Hebburn Town v Seaham Red Star
25 West Auckland Town v Hartlepool United
26 Spennymoor Town v Darlington 1883
27 S’land Ashbrooke Belford House v Shildon AFC
28 Gateshead FC v Sunderland West End


Photograph by Tom Clegg







West Auckland V Shildon

A Poor Performance

Shildon AFC drop to 8th in the league after a below par performance away at West Auckland on Saturday 20th September 2014 going down 3 – 2.

Shildon started badly falling behind on just 8 minutes when Darren Richardson brought down West’s Steve Richardson for a penalty which Robbie Briggs converted.

It was 1 – 1 on 20 minutes when a Ben Wood free kick was headed in by Darren Craddock.

Just after the half hour West were ahead again when Shildon keeper Lewis Graham came out for a cross but failed to contact, finding himself in no man’s land for Steve Richardson to overhead kick the ball into an empty net.

Shortly afterwards West should have had another penalty when man-of-the-match Steve Richardson was brought down by Darren Craddock.

West looked dangerous and Speedy Richardson could easily added 2 more goals before the break, with Shildon’s defence wide open.

Half Time:  West Auckland  2  Shildon AFC  1

West increased their lead on the hour when Speedy Richardson used his pace down the right and squared to Robbie Briggs to side-foot into the net for 3 – 1.

Shildon pulled a goal back on 70 minutes when a Ben Wood shot was parried by West keeper Daniel Lowson to Billy Greulich-Smith who was on hand to turn the ball home for 3 – 2.

Final Score:  West Auckland  3  Shildon AFC  2

Goalscorers:  Craddock 20, Greulich-Smith 70.

Subs:  Rundle for Emms 57, Hodgson for Hudson 60, Ruddy for Rae 62.

After the match manager Gary Forrest said “Our defending today was poor. We lacked energy and seemed to be flat. We were nothing like the team that played Whitby last week. The whole team must improve if we wish to progress on Saturday in the F.A. Cup”

West were the better team and deserved to win the game..

Pictures courtesy of Tom Clegg and are available to view on Flickr

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Whitby V Shildon

An Excellent Win

Shildon AFC progressed to the 2nd Qualifying Round of the F.A. Cup after an excellent 2 – 1 away win against Whitby Town on Wednesday 17th September. The teams had played a 1 – 1 draw at Dean Street on Saturday 13th September.

Shildon were well on top in the 1st half and missed a penalty on 20 minutes when Micky Rae was brought down in the box. With star penalty taken Mark Hudson not playing, Micky Rae took the kick himself, but his shot was weak and the keeper saved comfortably.

The Railwaymen deservedly took the lead when Ben Wood crossed for Billy Greulich-Smith to score from close range.

With only a minute remaining of the 1st half Whitby were level when a defensive error let David McTiernan free and he beat keeper Lewis Grahm.

Half Time:  Whitby Town  1  Shildon AFC  1

Early in the 2nd half Whiltby’s Lee Mason hit the bar and Shildon had a couple of chances, but just after the hour Ben Wood broke down the right and crossed for Micky Rae to score the winner with an overhead kick.

Shildon could have added further goals before the end but man-of-the-match keeper Shane Bland pulled off some good saves.

Final Score:  Whitby Town  1  Shildon AFC  2

Goalscorers:  Greulich-Smith 29, Rae 63.

Subs:  Rae for Connor 5, Rundle for Emms 75, Richmond for Greulich-Smith 87.

Man-of-the-Match:  Daniel Moore

After the match manager Gary Forrest said “A good all-round team performance. We were very rarely threatened and we controlled the play. Their man-of-the-match for both games was their keeper Shane Bland, that should tell you something”.


Pictures courtesy of Tom Clegg and are available to view on Flickr

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