Tickets are selling fast for Saturday’s derby between South Shields and North Shields at Mariners Park – with availability becoming increasingly limited.
Supporters who wish to receive tickets by post have until Tuesday at 4pm to order by calling 0191 454 7800.
After that, all ticket collections will have to be made in person at Mariners Park.
Tickets cost £6 for adults, £4 for students and over-65s, and £2 for under-16s.
Meanwhile, the club is also selling wristbands for supporters to be able to use the balcony at Saturday’s game.
It has been decided that, due to an expected high demand for places on it on Saturday and with safety in mind, there will be a restricted number of people allowed on it.
Wristbands cost £3 per person, and season ticket holders and those in the SSFC Members’ Club have until close of play on Tuesday to buy one before the wristbands are opened up to all other supporters on Wednesday on a first-come, first-served basis.
To buy a ticket or a balcony wristband, call 0191 454 7800 or visit Mariners Park.
We very much look forward to your attendance on Saturday at what is such an eagerly-awaited game.
A polished away performance saw South Shields claim an eighth win in a row on Saturday as they got the better of Bishop Auckland at Heritage Park.
First half goals from Andrew Stephenson and Wayne Phillips were enough for the Mariners, who always had control of the game as they showed great patience on the ball.
The result kept Shields second in Northern League Division One ahead of Saturday’s table-topping clash with leaders North Shields at Mariners Park.
The Mariners quickly got on top of a Bishops side playing catch-up in the league, having reached the fourth qualifying round of the FA Cup earlier this season.
Julio Arca sent an early free-kick wide, and then played in important part in the opening goal on five minutes.
He stepped in on a loose pass from the hosts at the back and found Robert Briggs, who threaded a pass through for Stephenson. He took it past the goalkeeper and kept his composure to finish low into the net.
As they had done at Morpeth Town two weeks previously, the Mariners threatened to run riot in the first half, and they could have gone 2-0 up soon after the opener when a quick break led to an opportunity for Phillips, but home goalkeeper Edward Wilczynski kept his effort out.
Wilczynski also did well to keep out a low shot from David Carson after the Shields midfielder gained possession in the centre before firing from outside the area.
At the other end, there were few chances for Bishops, but one of their few first half openings came when Shields gave it away at the back, and Liam Connell saved from Priestley Griffiths.
Phillips scored the goal of the game in the 27th minute as he kept up his fine form.
He stepped in on a loose ball after running in from the right, and dribbled across the pitch before beating Wilczynski with a delightful chip from outside the box.
The hosts almost pulled a goal back eight minutes before half-time when the ball broke to Adam Nicholls, but he could only hammer a shot not far wide.
Shields started the better of the two teams in the second half, and after a number of bright moves, Stephenson went close as Wilczynski was forced into a good save.
Substitute David Foley had a great chance to put the game out of sight when Carson dribbled into space in the box before cutting the ball back to him, but he was unable to hit the target as the ball cleared the crossbar.
Connell had to be alert at the other end as Bishops tried to put him under pressure, but he was up to the task as he palmed behind a powerful low effort from James Fairley.
Danger man Andrew Johnson hit one over for the home side, while debutant Leon Carling headed over from a corner as they aimed to find a way back into the game.
Shields, for their part, tried to wrap the points up, and Briggs curled a free-kick over before Foley turned his man on the edge of the box and hit a low shot which deflected into the hands of Wilczynski.
Bishops should have pulled a goal back with 11 minutes left when the ball was played across the box to substitute Chris Winn, but he miscued in front of goal and the Mariners were able to clear.
Michael Hoganson and Fairley were also off target late on as Shields preserved their clean sheet and were rewarded for another fine performance.
Next up is the derby with North Shields on Saturday at Mariners Park, for which tickets remain available by visiting the ground or calling 0191 454 7800.
SOUTH SHIELDS: Connell, Danny Carson, Callaghan, Arca (c), Morse, Shaw, Phillips (Ramsey 72), Briggs, Finnigan (Foley 43), David Carson, Stephenson. Subs not used: Baxter, Smith, Scroggins.
Goals: Stephenson (5), Phillips (27).
WORDS: Daniel Prince. IMAGE: Peter Talbot.
South Shields face a tough trip to Bishop Auckland on Saturday as they aim to maintain their excellent form.
The Mariners have won their last seven games in all competitions, which has seen them make progress in the FA Vase and Durham Challenge Cup, as well as the league.
It is Northern League Division One which will be back to the forefront of the minds on Saturday against a Bishops side playing catch-up.
Their exploits in the FA Cup, which saw them reach the fourth qualifying round before being beaten by Stockport County, mean they have played six less league games than Shields.
That leaves them 19 points behind, in ninth, so they will be determined to turn the tables on the Mariners and start to reduce that deficit.
Shields, meanwhile, continue to chase neighbours North Shields, with five points separating the sides ahead of next Saturday’s derby at Mariners Park. The Robins have played a game more.
Mariners joint manager Lee Picton is expecting a difficult match at Heritage Park on Saturday.
He said: “Myself and Martin Scott went to watch Bishop Auckland last week, so we’ve identified a few things that hopefully we can use tactically against them on Saturday.
“They’ve got a few games in hand, but have picked up some decent points already and it will be a tough test for us.”
The fixture comes almost a year to the day since Shields won 2-1 at Bishops in the FA Vase, with Ben Riding and Warren Byrne on the scoresheet.
Defender Dillon Morse feels the Mariners are ready for the challenge ahead on Saturday.
He said: “It’s a big game. They’ve been doing well so far, and they did well in the FA Cup.
“A few of my pals play for them, so it’s a big game and hopefully we can get the three points.”
Shields will be without the injured Gavin Cogdon, Louis Storey and Joss Carmichael for the 3pm kick-off at Heritage Park, which has a post code of DL14 9AE.
Ahead of the game, Bishop Auckland have released some important parking information for supporters, which can be read here.