Bamber Bridge vs South Shields

South Shields travel to Bamber Bridge on Saturday as they aim to get back to winning ways in the Pitching In Northern Premier League.

The match will kick-off at 3pm at the Sir Tom Finney Stadium and supporters are strongly advised not to travel without a ticket. To secure a ticket, call Bamber Bridge on 01772 909695.

Supporters will be able to watch all the action from the comfort of their own home via a live stream. It is available to buy for £5, with the finances to help both clubs. You can pay for the stream and watch it by clicking here, with the pre-match coverage to start at 2.30pm, featuring an interview with joint manager Lee Picton.

Picton has called for greater ruthlessness from his players following Tuesday’s 3-1 home defeat to Radcliffe.

He said: “When you look at the game on Tuesday in the cold light of day, yes we were way below our normal standards in a number of areas but we still should have won the game in terms of chances created.

“Jason Gilchrist hit the bar twice and hit the post in the second half, we had a couple of one-on-one situations, we went really close from a number of set-pieces and we had five or six balls that we flashed across the six yard box that just needed someone to get their toe-end on.

“We could have been talking about a different story, although there would have still been a lot of things we’d need to vastly improve on.

“Moving forwards, we’ve got to be more clinical in the final third and that’s not just the forward players.

“When we get into good crossing areas our delivery has generally got to be better, as does our decision-making sometimes when we find ourselves three-v-three or four-v-four.

“We need to show a bit more composure with our final pass in and around the box, because generally speaking we have been really wasteful once we get into the higher areas of the pitch.”

Picton knows that bouncing back to winning ways will not be an easy task for the Mariners against an impressive and motivated Bamber Bridge side who are returning from a two-week lay-off after a positive Covid test.

Brig had started the season with a win and a draw in the Pitching In Premier League before their enforced break.

Picton has high expectations of his players, though, and wants them to show improved characteristics in Saturday’s game.

He added: “We fully believe in the group that we’ve got and love working with our players.

“We think we have a fantastic dressing room but we have to be tougher.

“If we’re honest, we’re too nice to play against at times and we’ve got to develop some strategies to try to change that.

“Myself and Graham have to look at ourselves first and foremost whenever things are not going right.

“We’ve got to find a way of developing characteristics within our squad that are going to ultimately make us successful over the whole season.

“No matter what stage you’re at it’s a work in progress, but we’ve got plenty to go on.”

Shields will remain without Nathan Lowe and Luke Daly for Saturday’s 3pm kick-off at the Sir Tom Finney Stadium, but could welcome back Phil Turnbull.