Ashton United vs South Shields – Emirates FA Cup
South Shields complete their double-header with Ashton United on Saturday when they travel to Hurst Cross in the second qualifying round of the Emirates FA Cup.
The two sides played out a thrilling 3-3 draw in the Pitching In Northern Premier League on Tuesday, with Jason Gilchrist notching twice and Robert Briggs curling in a sublime free-kick as Shields came from two goals behind to earn a share of the spoils.
They will be hoping for considerably less drama on Saturday and will be looking for an improved first half display in particular.
Joint manager Lee Picton said: “We’re always left with a high level of frustration when we look across our group and see how much quality there is and we don’t evidence that in our performances.
“In every department in the first half on Tuesday we were so lacking, and it really hurt Graham (Fenton) and I.
“We obviously demanded more in the second half and that’s what we got.
“Credit to the lads for turning the situation around, which is not the easiest thing to do part way through a game.
“It was pretty much one-way traffic throughout the second half.
“We go back there on Saturday and will hopefully give a better account of ourselves from the off.”
Shields could go into Saturday’s tie without Nathan Lowe, who suffered a knee injury within moments of being introduced as a half-time substitute on Tuesday.
They will be hoping to progress into the third qualifying round, having made it to this stage with a win on penalties over Warrington Town a week-and-a-half ago.
Picton added: “We’re looking for evidence that we can learn lessons and that certain things will not be allowed to happen to us.
“We have to show we won’t allow certain standards to happen on the pitch.
“If we get many more first half performances like the one in midweek we’re going to be in trouble.
“The first half on Tuesday was a real low for us but hats off to the lads for getting something out of the game and now we need to show an improved performance across the 90 minutes on Saturday.”
Kick-off at Hurst Cross is at 3pm and a live stream of the match is available from Ashton for £6 by clicking here.