South Shields are bidding to maintain their 100% home record in the Evo-Stik Premier Division on Saturday when they welcome Nantwich Town to Mariners Park.

The Mariners have beaten Witton Albion and Stafford Rangers on home soil so far, but have twice tasted defeat on the road.

They will be hoping that a return to home comforts will help to inspire them to maximum points against a Nantwich side which has started the season in impressive form.

The Dabbers have picked up seven points from their four matches, and sit third in the table.

Shields joint manager Graham Fenton is expecting a difficult encounter.

He said: “Nantwich have had a good start to the season and I’m sure that they’ll provide a big test for us.

“So far, one aspect of this league seems to be that anyone can beat anyone.

“We know how tough it is and certainly won’t be taking any game for granted.

“The main positive going into this match for us is that it’s at Mariners Park.

“We’re hoping there will be a big crowd and I’m sure the supporters will help to motivate the lads as they aim to get a positive result on the board.”

Shields have lost both of their away games so far by a three-goal margin.

They were beaten 4-1 at Farsley Celtic after being reduced to nine men, and also lost 3-0 at North Ferriby United on Monday.

Fenton is looking for his players to show more character.

He added: “We’ve been struggling a little bit with our away form recently, which stretches back to pre-season.

“The first five minutes of Monday’s game were really positive for us and we were looking sharp, but they scored and that knocked us back quite a bit.

“We have to make sure that when we have those setbacks, it doesn’t affect us as much psychologically as it is at the moment.

“We contributed to our own downfall with the goals we conceded, although we have to give North Ferriby a lot of respect and credit for what they did, because they worked exceptionally hard.

“They didn’t play great football, but they had two willing runners up top who never stopped working for them.

“They had lots of energy all over the pitch and unfortunately, we didn’t have enough on the day to match that.”

Shields are confident of welcoming captain Jon Shaw back from injury for the 3pm kick-off at Mariners Park.

They will be without suspended duo Carl Finnigan and Gary Brown, though, as well as the injured Barrie Smith and Anthony Callaghan. Lee Mason is a doubt.

Admission prices are £10 for adults, £8 for students and over-65s, and £3 for under-16s. Tickets can be bought at the turnstiles or in advance by clicking here.

Tickets for the Emirates FA Cup first qualifying round tie between South Shields and Garforth Town will go on sale on Friday.

The match is taking place on Saturday, September 8 at Mariners Park, and will kick-off at 3pm.

Supporters will be able to buy tickets online from 1pm on Friday, with in-person sales at Mariners Park to take place between 1pm and 5pm.

Those with seated season tickets will have until 5pm on Tuesday to secure their seat for the match.

They will be able to visit Mariners Park between 1pm and 5pm on Friday, Monday or Tuesday to do so.

After that time, those seats not secured will go on general sale.

NO ticket sales will take place in-person on Saturday or Sunday, although supporters will still be able to buy tickets online.

Those who purchase tickets in advance of this game will receive priority ticketing for any future home tie in this season’s FA Cup, should the Mariners progress.

In-person ticket sales will take place between 1pm and 5pm on weekdays at Mariners Park, but tickets will be available to buy online 24 hours a day.

Admission prices for this game are £10 for adults, £8 for students and over-65s, and £3 for under-16s. Seats are available at £12, £10 and £5 respectively.

South Shields booked their place in the first qualifying round of the FA Youth Cup on Tuesday with a terrific 4-3 win at Stockton Town.

The young Mariners came from 2-0 and 3-2 behind to get the better of Stockton in the seven-goal thriller at the Coverall Stadium.

A tie against Spennymoor Town at Mariners Park awaits Lee Picton and Graham Fenton’s youngsters after they showed tremendous character to win on Teesside.

They got off to the worst possible start as they fell behind in the first minute.

Jayden Gray was played in on goal for the hosts and finished coolly to put Shields on the back foot.

Stockton’s fast start continued when Michael Davis’ cross from the left found Joe Smith, but he could not get his effort on target.

The Mariners grew into the game and had a good chance to level when Dom Minchella was played into a shooting position, but Jack McCall kept out his shot.

Shields started to control possession and some fine patterns of play offered real hope that they would draw back on level terms.

Michael Colquhoun was at the heart of many of their best moves and he looked certain to score when he went one-on-one with McCall, before he appeared to be tripped by the goalkeeper. Referee Matthew Carroll waved away the appeals, though, and it looked like that decision could prove crucial.

Stockton countered and won a free-kick 25 yards from goal which Gray struck brilliantly to double their advantage.

At 2-0 behind, it was set to be a huge test of the young Mariners’ character. They passed it with flying colours.

If anything, the second Stockton goal seemed to spur Shields on even more, and they deservedly pulled a goal back in the 27th minute when Will McCamley was played in on goal before he rounded McCall and finished well.

The Mariners enjoyed a dominant spell and got their reward five minutes into the second half.

Despite being outnumbered, Colquhoun showed superb strength and composure to beat his man on the edge of the box before firing a low effort which McCall could not keep out.

Most observers would have predicted a victory for Shields at that stage, but the Anchors fought back and retook the lead soon after.

A free-kick from Brad Marron was headed in by Mitchell Wilson as the hosts showed impressive character of their own.

Again, though, Shields were not to be denied.

Jordan Patterson twice went close to equalising – heading one opportunity just wide and another against the crossbar – before Colquhoun netted again as he showed more good strength before finishing well.

Substitute Stephen Black almost put Shields into the lead for the first time with 20 minutes left when he arrowed a stunning effort from 25 yards which came back off the bar.

The pressure was building and Shields got their reward in the 79th minute when a Bailey Judson free-kick was parried by McCall to Sam Hodgson, who forced it into the net.

The Mariners saw out the victory well to claim their place in the next round, when they will host Spennymoor Town at Mariners Park on a date yet to be confirmed.

SOUTH SHIELDS: E Hodgson, Yembe, Scott, Carney, Patterson (c), Lockey, McCamley, Ridley (Black 55), M Colquhoun, Minchella (S Hodgson 46), Judson (Morris 82). Subs not used: Wade, Green.

Goals: McCamley (27), Colquhoun (50, 67), S Hodgson (79).