By Daniel Prince
Alnwick Town are the visitors to Peterlee tomorrow (Saturday) as South Shields look to return to winning ways.
Shields have lost their last two games, to Seaham Red Star and Norton & Stockton Ancients respectively, but played well in spells of both matches against the promotion contenders.
Tomorrow, they face a side which is a point and a place below them in the Ebac Northern League Division Two, and Mariners manager Jon King is determined to ensure Alnwick do not overtake his team.
However, he is expecting a difficult test against an outfit which beat Shields 2-1 earlier in the season, and also won at Peterlee last season.
King said: “Alnwick came to us last season and gave us a thrashing, 3-0.
“They won again last week, and always seem to pick up some great results.
“They’re comfortable, are not going to get relegated and are only one point behind us, so we really want to increase that gap.
“It’s a big game for us and we need to win.
“We’ve got to work hard, play well and be clinical in front of goal. If we do that, I’m confident we’ll get the three points.”
King is relieved to have three players back for tomorrow’s game.
He added: “It will be another tough game, but it will be good to get a few of the lads back.
“Aron Burn trained this week and has had no reaction, and both Ben Riding and Chris Feasey will be back.
“Those are three big players to come back into the squad.”
Kick-off at Eden Lane is at 3pm, with Shields set to be without suspended trio Chris Locke, Stephen Ramsey and Lee Maitland.