Brandon United preview
By Daniel Prince
Jon King has warned his South Shields side to avoid complacency when they take on Ebac Northern League Division Two’s bottom side tomorrow (Wednesday).
The Mariners are travelling to Brandon United for a 7.30pm kick-off, and will be looking to complete a quickfire double over their opponents, having beaten them 4-0 in August.
King believes the second half performance in the first game against Brandon was the catalyst behind his side’s form in recent weeks, with Shields now on a run of three wins in a row in all competitions.
However, the manager insists his players will have to be on their guard tomorrow, as anything less than a polished performance could lead to defeat.
He said: “We played Brandon a few weeks ago, and I think that was the kick-start of our season.
“Davie Molloy closed the goalkeeper and got his tap-in for the first goal, and we just seem to have lifted the season from then.
“Brandon are bottom of the league, but it will still be a tough ask.
“If we go there expecting to win just because they’re bottom of the league, we’ll get beaten.
“We need to go there with the right attitude. You’ve got to give them respect, but if we play like we can do, we’ll definitely go there and get a result.”
King is hopeful of having midfield duo Adam Sharp and Lee Maitland back for the Brandon game, while James Pickering could also be available.
Striker Stephen Ramsey – who limped out of the weekend FA Vase victory over Willington with a groin injury – is also expected to be fit for the game, according to King.
The manager is hopeful of having a strong squad to pick from, and wants his team to maintain the high standards they have set recently.
He added: “Hopefully, we’ll have another squad of 20 to pick from, so we’ll have some unhappy players.
“I wouldn’t be happy if the players in that situation were happy – they’re going to be unhappy if they’re not playing.
“We used another three subs on Saturday, and there were another two quality lads on the bench that weren’t used.
“The attitude of every player has been fantastic so far this season, especially those who have found themselves out of the squad for some games.
“It’s a squad game, and every player has a big part to play.
“Now we just want to keep up the high standards and get another welcome win on the board.”