Anthony Patterson: 6/10
Looked composed at the back but had very little to do other than picking the ball out of the back of his net twice.
Lynden Gooch (C): 7/10
A typically hardworking display by Gooch. Got up and down the line, put in a cross for Jack Clarke for the second goal and supported Isaac Lihadji well.
Ben Crompton: 7/10
Looked comfortable and used his body to turn attackers when he was under pressure.
Luke O’Nien: 6/10
Looked quite rusty. He played a pass across his six-yard box that cut out Patterson for the first goal and got turned a little too easily for the second.
Ellis Taylor: 6/10
Showed a lot of energy to get up and down the line but doesn’t look particularly comfortable at left back.
Jay Matete: 6/10
Fitted straight back into the side, dropping deep to pick the ball up off the defenders and finding teammates further forward.
Pierre Ekwah: 6/10
Played a bit further forward than Matete but did a similar job, keeping it simple and finding his more attack-minded teammates.
Isaac Lihadji: 7/10
Got an assist with a good cross to Hemir for our opener but looked lively throughout and caused South Shields’ defence all sorts of problems.
Abdoullah Ba: 7/10
He was a little casual at times in the first half but still almost scored with a curling effort and then set up Clarke for his second.
Jack Clarke: 8/10
Easily the best player on the pitch. Scored two, hit the woodwork twice, and the home side couldn’t get near him.
Scored a good header at the beginning of the second half. No other chances of note but showed good feet on occasion.
Adam Richardson: 6/10
Made a good save but couldn’t keep hold of it for the home side’s third, and he otherwise looked comfortable.
Ben Kindon: 6/10
Fitted into the side well and didn’t look overawed when playing a more experienced side.
Connor Pye: 6/10
Promising display at left back. Had a couple of drives forward and gave the team balance.
Marshall Burke: 6/10
Came on, gave us some drive in the middle of the park and looked very keen to get involved.
Tom Lavery: 6/10
Slotted into central defence and handled everything that came his way.
Kailem Beattie: 6/10
Another who looked quite comfortable at the back after coming on.
Trey Ogunsuyi: 7/10
Made an immediate impact when he won the ball high up the pitch, drove forward and rattled the crossbar. Looked dangerous whenever he had the ball.
Chris Rigg: 7/10
Scored the winner late on with a well-taken strike and looked good on the ball.
Michael Spellman: 7/10
He was unlucky not to score and he came close to adding a fifth late on but did set up Rigg for the winner.
Cuba Mitchell: 6/10
Covered a lot of ground and hassled the back four from an advanced position.
Timur Tutierov: 6/10
Showed good feet to skip past some challenges but saw a shot go comfortably wide.
Man of the Match: Jack Clarke
Far and way the best player on the pitch today. He went past players at will, scored two goals and could easily have had a couple more. Even when he gave the ball away cheaply in the first half, he tracked back and won it back to make up for his mistake.