A STRIKE from Vicky Foster earned Tynedale Ladies a memorable victory over a strong North Shields side in the Northumberland A League.

But the 2-1 scoreline masked a determined performance, during which the hosts resolutely withstood relentless pressure in the first half.

The Tyne rearguard endured wave after wave of North Shields attacks, and conceded several penalty corners during the opening period, which ended 1-0 to the visitors.

Goalkeeper Nicky Baguley made a host of outstanding saves during her player of the match performance, while Tynedale’s outfield players struggled to cope with the visitors’ high press.

After the break, however, Tynedale were more settled, and the game began to open up. The hosts saw more of the ball, and began to threaten the North Shields defence.

Tynedale were awarded a number of short corners, and it was from one of them which led to Sarah Martindale’s equaliser, as her direct strike flew into the top corner.

Then from another well-executed penalty corner, a slipped pass enabled Vicky Foster to sweep the ball into the goal to secure a 2-1 victory.

The second half goals were the perfect reward for a superb defensive display by Tynedale.

The result marked a positive start to the second half of the season for Tynedale Ladies.

It was their first league game since a 3-1 victory over Jesmond Parish Church in December.

Tynedale are now up to fifth place in the 18-team league, with five wins and two draws from their opening 10 games.

They have upcoming fixtures against Newcastle Ladies II and Whitley Bay & Tynemouth Ladies III.