Tickets for the Boxing Day match between South Shields and Hebburn Town at Mariners Park will be available from Saturday.

With a potentially large crowd anticipated, the club has decided to print tickets for the fixture.

Season ticket holders will be able to show their ticket as usual to gain entry to the match, while for all other supporters, the ticket prices will be £5 for adults, £3 for students and over-65s, and £1 for under-16s.

The tickets can be collected and paid for from Saturday onwards at Mariners Park, or over the phone by calling 0191 454 7800. The tickets can be paid for via card, and supporters can then either pick them up from Mariners Park or have them delivered for a postage and packaging cost of £1.

Depending on ticket sales, there may still be cash turnstiles in operation on the day of the game. The match will kick-off at 3pm.

Places on a supporters’ coach to Tuesday’s match at Darlington RA will be on sale from tomorrow (Saturday).

The coach will depart Mariners Park at 6pm ahead of the 7.30pm kick-off at Brinkburn Road.

A seat will cost £7 per person, which must be paid for in advance.

To book a place, call in to Mariners Park on Saturday or Sunday, or call 0191 454 7800. Payments can also be made via card over the phone or by visiting Mariners Park.

All those who book a place will receive a ticket for the bus, which will remain valid in the case of the game being rearranged.

Crook Town will be the latest team to try to stop the South Shields run when they visit Mariners Park on Saturday.

Shields have won their last 18 games, a sequence which started with a 5-0 thrashing of Crook in the Durham Challenge Cup in September.

Since then, Crook have had a change of manager, with Tony Boakes replacing Gary Anderson.

They sit 18th in Ebac Northern League Division Two, but will be eager to make their mark at Mariners Park.

Shields go into the game on the back of Tuesday’s dramatic 1-0 victory at Consett in the FA Vase, and despite the euphoria which followed that, assistant manager Gary Middleton insists the players will be “back down to earth” for Saturday’s match.

He said: “Don’t worry, we’ll have them back down to earth for Saturday.

“The league is the bread and butter. We want to get promoted this season, and that’s our main aim.

“There are another three points up for grabs, and we’ll have to be at it again on Saturday.”

Defender Daryll Hall, meanwhile, is confident that if the Mariners stay in the right frame of mind, the winning run can continue for some time yet.

He said: “I want this run to continue for as long as possible. We knew it was going to be a tough game on Tuesday because Consett are a good side, especially at home because the pitch suits them.

“We showed exactly what we are about. We rolled our sleeves up, came to their ground and won again.

“Let’s keep the run going. Let’s get to 20, and then go again. Let’s just keep winning.

“It would be nice to get to 20, 30, 40 or all season, but if we get to 20 that would be a massive achievement, and then we could look to see where we go from there.”

Shields remain without the suspended Lewis Teasdale for the 3pm kick-off at Mariners Park. Admission prices are £5 for adults, £3 for concessions and over-65s, and £1 for under-16s.

WORDS: Daniel Prince. IMAGE: Peter Talbot.