Erith & Belvedere’s FA Vase run ended at the quarter-final stage with a fair-and-square 2-0 defeat by a very good North Shields team, writes Brian Spurrell.

The attendance of 503 was the Deres’ biggest since moving to Park View Road and their biggest home crowd for 22 years. 

North Shields controlled the first period but only had a bad miss from right midfielder James Luccock on 25 minutes to show for their early dominance. 

Goal machine Gareth Bainbridge and left midfielder Dean Holmes spurned further chances before half-time. 

The Deres were stunned when Holmes opened the scoring four minutes into the second half, pouncing on a mistake 20 yards out on the left wing to beat keeper George Kamurasi.

Erith’s response was to bring on substitutes Isa Hussein and Taser Hassan but before they had the opportunity to settle into the game, the Robins sealed the tie with a decisive second after 58 minutes. 

In a mirror image of the first goal, Adam Forster pounced on a mistake on the right wing and buried his shot in the net from a similar distance.

As hard as Deres tried they created few clear cut opportunities, the closest coming on 76 minutes when Michael Robinson had to save from leading scorer Alfie May.

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