Tickets for both legs of the Buildbase FA Vase semi-final between South Shields and Coleshill Town are set to go on sale.
The first leg of the semi-final will be held at Coleshill’s Pack Meadow on Saturday, March 11, with the return match exactly a week later at Mariners Park.
Ticket prices for both games – which have to be mutually agreed by both clubs and the same for each leg – have been set at £8 for adults, £6 for students and over-65s and £4 for under-16s.
Coleshill have allocated the club 300 tickets – the minimum 15% requirement for the FA Vase – for the away leg.
Away tickets will go on sale to season ticket holders and sponsors on Monday, and will be limited to one per person.
From Tuesday, those in the SSFC Members’ Club can purchase tickets, again limited to one each and on a first-come, first-served basis.
Sales on Monday and Tuesday can only be made between 9am and 5pm, in person at Mariners Park or by calling 0191 454 7800. Phone lines are expected to be extremely busy.
For the home leg, tickets will go on sale to season ticket holders and sponsors on Monday. Season ticket holders will be limited to two tickets per person during the priority period.
Members can buy one ticket each for the home match from Tuesday.
From Wednesday, remaining tickets for both legs of the semi-final will go on general sale.
Applications to join the SSFC Members’ Club have also been suspended until Wednesday.
Supporters are reminded that during the priority tickets period on Monday and Tuesday, they can only be purchased between 9am and 5pm, over the phone or in person.
From Wednesday, tickets remaining can be sold outside of those hours.
Thank you for your support.
South Shields secured a vital 2-0 win over title rivals Shildon at Mariners Park on Saturday – setting a club record of 21 consecutive victories in the process.
In a hard-fought encounter, Shields battled their way to three important points as they completed a league double over the reigning champions.
Gavin Cogdon fired them into the lead on the half-hour mark before substitute Carl Finnigan wrapped up the win with a cool finish in second half stoppage time.
The Mariners are now 12 points ahead of third-placed Shildon in second, having played one game more.
As had been expected, though, they were pushed all the way by the Railwaymen.
If it wasn’t for an excellent save from Liam Connell, Shields would have found themselves behind on seven minutes.
A ball from the right was only half-cleared by the Mariners to Lewis Wing, whose powerful effort was heading for the bottom corner before Connell beat it away one-handed.
Former Shields striker Adam Burnicle also had a half-chance for the visitors, but his header was deflected onto the roof of the net.
The Mariners were controlling most of the possession, and started to convert that into chances the longer the first half went on.
A David Foley strike took two deflections before being gathered by Shildon goalkeeper Nick Liversedge, while Wayne Phillips fired over from distance.
The breakthrough arrived in the 30th minute. Robert Briggs’ free-kick from deep on the right went beyond the back-line and found Jon Shaw, who had peeled off. He played the ball perfectly into the feet of Cogdon, who produced a superb finish into the top corner from 10 yards.
Shields motored on after that, and almost had a second when Michael Richardson cut in from the left before seeing a goal-bound effort blocked.
Richardson also went close a minute before half-time when he got a touch on another Briggs free-kick, but it didn’t have much on it and Liversedge was able to claw it away.
After the break, the Mariners came out of the blocks superbly and Foley got in down the right, but his menacing delivery just had too much on it for the onrushing Richardson.
At the other end, Shildon’s Daniel Moore saw a speculative strike from distance held by Connell.
The game could have gone either way the longer it progressed, but a golden opportunity arrived in the 57th minute for the hosts.
Cogdon got on the end of a ball between the defence and goalkeeper and tricked his way into a shooting position before sending it narrowly wide.
Wing, who always appeared Shildon’s biggest threat, went agonisingly close to drawing the visitors level when he curled a free-kick off the post from 25 yards.
Another two chances came and went for the Railwaymen when Connell kept out a header from Billy Greulich-Smith, and a shot from Wing was deflected not far past the post.
Andrew Stephenson made an excellent impact from the bench for Shields, and his fine through ball looked set to wrap up the points when it played Cogdon in on goal. However, he could only chip wide and the points remained there to be claimed.
Stephenson himself had a shot blocked soon after, while Foley fired past the upright after getting in on the inside-left of the box.
Shildon put some pressure on in the closing stages without creating any clear-cut opportunities, and the closest they came was when Connell bravely punched the ball clear and it dropped to Burnicle on the edge of the area, who could only hook it wide.
As the game progressed into stoppage time, Shildon committed men forward in a bid to find an equaliser, and Shields capitalised on the space that created.
Stephenson chipped a great ball down the left to Foley, who gathered it and beat a defender before sliding it across the box to Finnigan. He tucked it into the bottom corner with a calm finish to wrap up the victory and spark home celebrations.
It had been a tough afternoon for the Mariners, but a solid defensive display – particularly by the excellent Shaw – saw them across the line to break the club record.
Shields are next in action on Tuesday when they travel to Consett in the semi-final of the Durham Challenge Cup.
SOUTH SHIELDS: Connell, Baxter, Callaghan, Shaw, Lough, Arca (c), Briggs, Phillips (Nicholson 75), Cogdon (Finnigan 84), Richardson (Stephenson 56), Foley. Subs not used: Holden, Storey.
Goals: Cogdon (30), Finnigan (90+2).
WORDS: Daniel Prince. IMAGE: Peter Talbot.
A huge game lies in store at Mariners Park on Saturday as South Shields take on Shildon in a clash of two Northern League Division One title contenders (3pm kick-off)
Shields go into the game second in the table, eight points behind leaders North Shields with two games in hand.
Defending champions Shildon, meanwhile, are nine points behind the Mariners, but have played one match less.
A win for Shields would make it a club-record 21 in a row.
As this is a league match, season tickets, junior and corporate senior passes are valid.
No tickets have otherwise been sold, so this is a game at which supporters can simply pay their entrance fee at the turnstiles.
Admission prices are £6 for adults, £4 for over-65s and students, and £2 for under-16s.
October 12, 2016 – Northern League Division One, Dean Street
Shildon 0 South Shields 1 (Cogdon 69). Attendance: 453.
SOUTH SHIELDS: Connell, Baxter, Arca, David Carson, Morse, Shaw, Hannant (Phillips 85), Scroggins (c) (Stephenson, 59), Cogdon (Finnigan 71), Briggs, Foley. Subs not used: Riding, Smith.
Last six games (in all competitions)
South Shields: WWWWWW (Overall league position: 2nd, 77 points from 31 games)
Shildon: DWWDWW (Overall league position: 3rd, 68 points from 30 games)
TOP SCORER (LEAGUE GAMES ONLY)
South Shields: David Foley (18).
Shildon: Lewis Wing (15).
THOUGHTS AHEAD OF THE GAME
Lee Picton, South Shields joint manager: “It’s a fantastic achievement to win 20 games in a row, and I think over those 20 games, the lads deserve a huge amount of credit. They’ve not only had 20 wins in a row, which speaks for itself, but the quality of the vast majority of those performances have been outstanding. We’ve just got to try and make it 21 now on Saturday. It’s obviously a massive game against Shildon. Three points on Saturday would put us in a really good position moving forwards. We’re looking forward to having another great crowd at Mariners Park on Saturday and the fans can give us an extra lift.”
The club has been given an allocation of away tickets by Sunderland RCA for the league game there on Saturday, March 4. The tickets are priced at £5 for adults and £3 for concessions, and are being sold in a bid to ease congestion at the turnstiles on the day. Admission can still be paid at the gate, but to ensure quick entry, the club has asked if we can sell tickets to supporters. The tickets will be available at the ticket office at Saturday’s game.
In addition, seats on a supporters’ coach to Tuesday’s Durham Challenge Cup semi-final at Consett are also available at the ticket office. They’re priced at £5 for members and £6 for non-members, and can also be bought over the phone by calling 0191 454 7800.
A very limited number of programmes re-printed from last Saturday’s Buildbase FA Vase quarter-final against Newport Pagnell Town will also be available at the ticket office.
Below is the front cover of the programme for Saturday’s game. Included inside is an interview with Dillon Morse, a spread on last week’s Vase victory, an update from captain Leepaul Scroggins, a look on the impressive attendances at Mariners Park over the last two years, a special On The Spot feature with Barrie Smith, a historical feature on former South Shields player Bill Tabram and much more!