Ashton United vs South Shields
South Shields make the first of two trips in four days to Ashton United on Tuesday for a Pitching In Northern Premier League fixture.
The Mariners will be looking to continue their positive start to the season which has featured a win and a draw in the league, as well as progression in the Emirates FA Cup.
Lee Picton and Graham Fenton’s side have yet to concede a goal across their three competitive matches, although they know they will be tested by an Ashton side which won 1-0 at Stafford Rangers on the opening day, and followed that up with a victory at Scarborough Athletic in the FA Cup.
Shields defeated Ashton 3-0 and 2-0 last season, but are expecting to come up against a much-improved team under the management of former Atherton Collieries boss Michael Clegg.
While the Mariners will be looking to emulate their defensive efforts of the first three games, improved creativity is a priority as they head to Greater Manchester.
Joint manager Fenton said: “You get a tough game against Ashton every time.
“We’ll be looking to do the same defensively and work as hard as we have done in the first three matches.
“The great thing about what we’re doing at the moment keeping clean sheets is that the lads are working exceptionally hard for each other.
“We now just need to get the other side of the game a little bit better to go and score goals.”
The match will kick-off at 7.45pm at Hurst Cross (OL6 8DY) and those planning to attend are strongly advised to buy tickets in advance to avoid disappointment. Tickets can be purchased by clicking here and admission prices are £10 for adults and £6 for concessions.
The club will provide updates throughout the match on Twitter, while Ashton’s live stream of the game is available at a cost of £6 by clicking here. Supporters can also watch the match at 1st Cloud Arena at an entry price of £2 per person, with the TGS Bar to be open between 7pm and 10pm.
The sides’ two meetings last season produced five goals for Shields and none in return from Ashton.
Robert Briggs and Gary Brown netted in a 3-0 win for the Mariners at 1st Cloud Arena last August, with Jason Gilchrist completing the scoring with his first competitive goal for the club on a night which also saw Jordan Hunter make his debut.
Gilchrist did the damage again in the return fixture, scoring both goals in a 2-0 victory as Wouter Verstraaten made his debut for Shields.
Shields will be without four players for the match, with Luke Daly, Josh Gillies, Phil Turnbull and Sam Hodgson all unavailable through injury.
Alex Kempster could make his competitive debut for the club after recovering from a foot injury, though, while Blair Adams is also available after shrugging off the dead leg he picked up in Saturday’s goalless draw at Hyde United.