Match Preview: Thornaby vs South Shields

Match Preview: Thornaby vs South Shields

The picture in the Ebac Northern League Division Two title race could become a whole lot clearer on Saturday.

Leaders South Shields are at Thornaby (3pm kick-off), and three points would maintain their lead at the top of the table.

Elsewhere, second-placed Billingham Synthonia and third-placed Ryhope CW go head-to-head in a crunch clash as they each look to keep pace with the Mariners.

Shields are three points ahead of Synthonia, with three games in hand, and eight ahead of Ryhope, who have played the same number of matches.

HOW TO GET THERE

Thornaby play their home games at Teesdale Park, on Acklam Road, Thornaby, Stockton-on-Tees, which has a post code of TS17 7JU.

Supporters looking to make their own way to the match by car face a journey of about 38 miles, which will take around 45 minutes to negotiate.

The quickest route is to follow the A19 to Middlesbrough, and then take the exit to the A1130 from that.

A journey of less than a mile on that road should lead you to the ground.

Alternatively, supporters can book up for a place on a coach to the game on a first-come, first-served basis. A seat on it costs £7 per person, and can be booked by calling 0191 454 7800 or enquiring at Mariners Park.

LAST MEETING

October 24, 2015 – Ebac Northern League Division Two, Mariners Park

South Shields 4 (Riding 30, Teasdale 55, 60, pen 78) Thornaby 3 (Steel pen 13, Phillips og 68, Lofts 81). Attendance: 1,115.

SOUTH SHIELDS: Pocklington, Smith, Turner, Hall, Riding, Wightman (Galpin 61), Sakr (Bulford 84), Scroggins (c), Byrne (Foley 59), Teasdale, Phillips. Subs not used: Young, Briggs.

FORM GUIDE

Last six games (in all competitions)

Thornaby: WWLLWW (Overall league position: 8th, 51 points from 30 games)

South Shields: LWWDWL (Overall league position: 1st, 74 points from 30 games)

TOP SCORER (LEAGUE GAMES ONLY)

Thornaby: Nathan Steel (13).

South Shields: Warren Byrne (21).

THOUGHTS AHEAD OF THE GAME

Jon King, South Shields manager: “The cups have gone now, and there’s nothing we can do about it. We were disappointed over the 24 hours after the game against North Shields on Tuesday, but we trained on Thursday and our remit at the beginning of the season was to get promoted. We want to go on and win the league, and we’ll be looking to bounce back against Thornaby on Saturday. They’re all tough games in the Second Division. We’ll have a few players back for the game who were missing on Tuesday, so that will be a big bonus for the squad to be rejuvenated, because we were stretched with personnel on Tuesday.”

WORDS: Daniel Prince. IMAGE: Peter Talbot.