By Daniel Prince

South Shields are in action yet again tomorrow (Tuesday) as they play another of their games in hand.

After a disappointing few days, the Mariners take on Brandon United at Peterlee.

Shields lost 4-0 to Whitehaven last Thursday and 3-0 to Alnwick Town on Saturday, dropping to 17th in Northern League Division Two.

Heading into those games, both of those teams were behind the Mariners in the league table, and tonight’s opponents are also lower, currently sitting 20th.

Shields have won just once in their last 12 games, and desperately need to return to winning ways soon if they are to reignite their top-half hopes.

Brandon are sure to provide another tough test tonight, as despite their league position they have lost just one of their last four, including a 9-0 win over Birtley Town.

They are 10 points behind the Mariners, who have played three less games, and are looking to secure their safety in Division Two for next season.

When the sides met in August, they drew 1-1.


South Shields. HOME.

P16. W5. D7. L4. G24. A29. Total GD -17. Pts 38. League table position: 17th.

Form. Last six games five points, form table placing 18th.

Brandon United. AWAY.

P16. W3. D3. L10. G28. A37. Total GD -35. Pts 28. League table position: 20th.

Form. Last six games seven points, form table placing 13th.


South Shields’ next game is at Stokesley Sports Club, on Saturday, April 5.

By Philip Reay

South Shields suffered a second defeat in three days as they went down 3-0 at home to Alnwick Town on Saturday.

Shields started the game on the front foot, and inside the first two minutes were awarded a free-kick 25 yards from goal.

New signing Alex Berhan curled the ball round the defensive wall and beyond the reach of Daniel Mullen in the Alnwick goal, but the ball struck the post and the danger was cleared.

Shields continued to press forward, and on five minutes a long ball over the Alnwick defence just eluded Stephen Ramsey and again the danger was cleared.

A minute later, Adam Burnicle fired a shot at goal that Mullen managed to collect at the second attempt.

From Mullen’s clearance, the ball fell to Thomas Vickers, and his shot was cleared off the line by Ben Clarey.

Shields maintained the pressure on the Alnwick defence, and from a corner on the right the ball fell to Burnicle, but his shot was blocked and Colin White then fired the ball over bar.

With 25 minutes on the clock, Alnwick twice went close through Lee Waugh.

First he fired a shot over the bar, followed by a header that again flew just over the bar.

Shields again began to dominate, but were unable to convert their chances.

Berhan floated a corner into the box, but Tito Davidson fired his shot tamely into the keeper’s hands.

A minute later, Berhan again provided a cross into the box towards Luke Richardson, but he headed the ball just wide of the upright.

Then, against the run of play, Alnwick went a goal to the good.

The Mariners defence were caught out as a throw from Waugh found Vickers in space, and he lofted the ball over the head of Shields keeper Jak Wells.

In the closing stages of the half, a cross come shot from Davidson grazed the outside of the post, and the sides went into the break with the visitors holding a slender advantage.

Within a minute of the restart, Alnwick were awarded a penalty that was dispatched by Keith Douglas to give the visitors a two-goal advantage.

Shields thought they had reduced the arrears as Burnicle fired the ball past Mullen, but the celebrations were cut short as the assistant referee had his flag up for offside.

On the hour, Shields were awarded a free-kick 25 yards from goal that was fired in by Richardson, but Mullen gathered the ball without difficulty.

At the midpoint of the second half, Alnwick had a series of corners, and eventually their pressure bore fruit as Kieran Hogg fired in from the angle of the box for 3-0.

Shields pressed forward in the closing stages of the game but were unable to trouble Mullen, and the game ended 3-0 to Alnwick.

The Mariners are next in action on Tuesday when they host Brandon United at Eden Lane.

By Daniel Prince

South Shields play for the second time in less than 48 hours tomorrow (Saturday) when they host Alnwick Town in Northern League Division Two.

The Mariners were thrashed 4-0 at Whitehaven on Thursday after the longest trip of the season.

After the team was stuck in delays on the way to the match, the game did not kick-off until 8.30pm, meaning they did not arrive home until around 2am on Friday.

However, they are back in action at 3pm tomorrow as they go in search of league points in their quest to finish in the top half.

Thursday’s defeat means Shields remain in 16th position, although a top-half finish is still possible due to the number of games they have in hand.

To do that, though, they will need to get points on the board soon, with the Mariners having won just once in eight matches since the turn of the year.

The lack of games due to the weather has played its part in that, but Jon King and his side will be looking for an improvement over the final weeks of the campaign.

The match against Alnwick sees Shields come up against another side currently below them in the table, with tomorrow’s visitors to Peterlee’s Eden Lane sitting 19th.

They are six points behind the Mariners but have played five more games, and will see this as an opportunity to close the gap.

Shields, though, have their sights set on the sides immediately above them, with a clutch of teams enjoying points tallies in the high 40s, and Shields currently on 38, having played five less games than most of those above.

With such a quick turnaround from Thursday, the Mariners will be hoping tiredness does not play a part in the 3pm kick-off.

When the sides met in November, they played out a 1-1 draw in a match which was affected by gale force winds.


South Shields. HOME.

P15. W5. D7. L3. G24. A26. Total GD -14. Pts 38. League table position: 16th.

Form. Last six games five points, form table placing 18th.

Alnwick Town. AWAY.

P18. W4. D3. L11. G28. A49. Total GD -34. Pts 32. League table position: 19th.

Form. Last six games three points, form table placing 20th.


South Shields’ next game is at home to Brandon United, on Tuesday, April 1.