Tickets for the Durham Challenge Cup final between South Shields and Billingham Synthonia are now on sale.

The final is taking place at Hartlepool United’s Victoria Park on Wednesday, May 3, with kick-off at 7.30pm.

Season ticket holders and sponsors are able to secure tickets between 9am and 5pm on Monday and Tuesday, by calling 0191 454 7800 or visiting Mariners Park. Season ticket holders will be limited to two tickets per person.

Members will get the chance to snap up tickets on Wednesday between the same times, before they go on general sale on Thursday.

Tickets cost £5 for adults, and £2 for under-16s and over-65s.

Tickets for the Mariners’ Northern League Division One match at North Shields have again sold out.

The Mariners’ initial allocation of 250 tickets was quickly snapped up, and supporters who missed out were given another chance to see the game on Saturday, April 8 at Daren Persson Stadium when more went on sale on Saturday.

They were sold at the ticket office at Mariners Park ahead of the game with Bishop Auckland, but the 150 tickets quickly went.

Thank you for the fantastic support.


South Shields ended with nine men as they pulled off an incredible 2-1 win at Sunderland RCA on Thursday for their 28th victory in a row.

The Mariners showed remarkable character in a thrilling game after going in at half-time a goal and a man down.

They came out for the second half like a a team possessed, and turned the match around with goals from Julio Arca and Gavin Cogdon.

Shields are now eight points adrift of leaders North Shields in Northern League Division One, with three games in hand, and saw the result out despite being forced down to nine men in stoppage time when Stephen Ramsey was stretchered off with what was later confirmed as a broken tibia.

It was a breathless game at Meadow Park as Shields took to the field for the second time in three days.

They fell behind after just eight minutes when John Butler’s cross from the left was headed in by Ross Preston at the back post.

The Mariners struggled to create any opportunities of note in the first half, and their chances looked to have been given a body blow two minutes before the break when Alex Nicholson was sent off for an off the ball incident.

Arca was introduced at half-time, and was one of a number of players to put in an incredible performance to grab the three points.

Michael Richardson was also brought on early in the second half and was another to make a big impact.

On 57 minutes, Shields looked sure to be awarded a penalty when Cogdon was fouled seemingly two yards inside the area by substitute goalkeeper Neal Bussey, but the referee awarded a free-kick on the edge of the box.

That mattered not, as Arca curled in a majestic effort from the set play to spark euphoric celebrations as the Mariners pulled level.

They now had the momentum, and went agonisingly close to taking the lead when Richardson broke through the middle and saw his effort hit both posts before bouncing to safety.

Less than a minute later, though, the vital moment arrived.

Wayne Phillips’ corner from the right was dropped by Bussey, and Cogdon was on hand to turn the ball home.

Pete Jameson in the Shields goal made a good save from Preston before Ramsey went down injured as the game ticked beyond 90 minutes.

When it resumed, Shields had just nine players after using all three substitutes, and 10 minutes of stoppage time were played.

Despite some nervy moments, Shields held on, with Jameson making two terrific saves.

The Mariners won amid euphoric scenes as their run went on, and now they host Bishop Auckland on Saturday as they aim for victory number 29.

SOUTH SHIELDS: Jameson, Baxter, Lough, Storey, Morse, Shaw (c), Nicholson, Phillips, Cogdon (Ramsey 76), Stephenson (Richardson 55), Finnigan (Arca 46). Subs not used: Petrache, Holden.

Goals: Arca (60), Cogdon (68).

Sent off: Nicholson (43).

WORDS: Daniel Prince. IMAGE: Peter Talbot.