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By Daniel Prince

Jon King says South Shields need to “regroup” as they look to get their first win of 2015 on the board at Darlington RA tomorrow (Saturday).

The Mariners have been boosted ahead of the Ebac Northern League Division Two fixture by the signings of Ben Riding and Chris Renshaw.

Shields have lost their last three games, including a 3-2 defeat to Willington last week, when a last-minute winner was conceded.

King is confident, though, that the signings of Riding and Renshaw will significantly improve the Mariners as they look to become harder to break down.

The Shields manager said: “We’ve had a couple of disappointing results, particularly last Saturday, when we conceded a goal in the last minute, which is always a sickener.

“We’ve got to regroup, and go again. We’ve got a tough game tomorrow against Darlington RA.

“I think we would have won the game earlier in the season against them, but we had our goalkeeper, Brett Wilson, sent off with the score at 0-0 and went on to lose the match.

“They’ve been on a good run and are up in sixth in the table. They’ve got some good players, so it will be a hard game for us.

“If we go there with a better mentality and more compact, we’ll have more of a chance of winning the game, and the signings of Ben and Chris will help with that.”

Stephen Ramsey is expected to be available for the 3pm kick-off at Brinkburn Road after coming through a training session on Thursday.

David Molloy, though, is doubtful for the game because of illness, while Craig Roberts will again miss out with a hamstring injury.

King added: “Young Craig Roberts has been a big miss for us recently.

“The physio has told him he is going to need at least another two or three weeks rest with his hamstring.

“We play our quarter-final in the Ernest Armstrong Memorial Cup on January 28, so hopefully his recovery will be in the next two weeks.

“The physio has given him some stretches and exercises to do, so hopefully we’ll have Craig back in a couple of weeks.”