Captain’s Corner: Reflecting on a mixed opening week

Captain’s Corner: Reflecting on a mixed opening week

South Shields captain Jon Shaw gives supporters his thoughts as part of his latest website blog.

Hello everyone. What an eventful first week of the season it has been.

I’m sure after the way we ended pre-season there will have been an uncertainty around how we were going to start.

On Saturday against Witton Albion I thought we thoroughly deserved the win, and although it took us until late in the game, you fans that have been here over the last few years will remember many a match when we have worn our opponents down by having the lion’s share of possession and scored goals late on.

Credit to Witton, because they came with a game plan and worked extremely hard.

I’m sure it’s a plan we will see again this season, but we showed signs we are getting back to our best and it was a great start in front of a fantastic attendance!

Tuesday at Farsley Celtic was a different game altogether. We started the game quite brightly and then came the turning point.

Browny went in to a tackle and the referee deemed it a red card, and then within two minutes Finners was sent off for a lunge and although he didn’t catch the player, the referee sent him off too.

I just want to say that those two players are great lads and characters and are going to be so important in our season.

Against Witton last week when one of our players was in trouble, they were the first on the scene to battle for a team-mate.

They will no doubt hurt after the result, but they were out there in the stand in the second half supporting the lads, not sulking or feeling sorry for themselves.

With this I hope the fans that travelled saw something that may have answered questions about us, about our character, and about the fight and togetherness in the squad.

Those nine lads on the pitch and subs that came on were outstanding to a man, and we had some tired lads on the bus on the way home.

They gave everything and although we came out of the game with no points, the pride in the effort they gave will hopefully inspire whoever pulls the shirt on and bring us together for the hard season ahead.

From a personal point of view, I wasn’t ready for the first game of the season due a recurrence of the injury that kept me out of the Cleethorpes game.

It was so hard to be sat in the stand watching the lads go through that on Tuesday and not being able to help.

I did a bit of work before the game and am hoping the injury is behind me in time to try and get myself involved in this weekend’s games.

Read the rest of Jon’s column in Saturday’s matchday programme.