WALLINGTON won an enthralling five-goal encounter at home to North Shields Athletic.

The 3-2 victory over the North Tynesiders kept them in seventh place in the Northern Alliance Premier Division.

But they had to work hard for the three points after a poor first half performance.

A Kyle Reardon own goal gave North Shields the lead, and they doubled their advantage before half time, from a set piece.

The hosts improved after the restart, and Jake Walton scored after 58 minutes to compete a superb passing move.

They continued to pile on the pressure, and after a cross from a free kick was headed across goal, John Paxton nodded home from close range.

Reardon had to leave the field after suffering a knee injury, which led to a booking for a North Shields player.

Wallington striker Aidan Armstrong thought his opponent should have been sent off, but received a red card himself after contesting the referee’s decision.

From the resulting free-kick, John Laverick headed home the winner and secure three memorable points for 10-man Wallington, who will travel to Ponteland in the league on Saturday.