By Daniel Prince
South Shields get their Durham Challenge Cup bid underway tomorrow (Tuesday) when they take on Easington Colliery at Peterlee.
The first round clash is set to kick-off at 7.30pm, with Shields facing opposition who are flying high in the Wearside League.
Easington are second in the table after an excellent start to the season, and Mariners boss Jon King is expecting a tough match, despite the one-division gap between the sides.
He said: “It won’t be an easy game by any stretch of the imagination.
“They will be seen as the underdogs and are flying in their league.
“It’s going to be tough, as they have got some good players.
“It’s a massive cup. Easington are doing really well and have got some really good players.
“They’ve got some good Northern League players, so we won’t be taking them lightly.
“It’s a competition we want to do well in, and we won’t be taking the game lightly at all.
“We are expecting a tough game from them.”
Shields will welcome back Chris Locke from suspension, but are without Craig Roberts, who is cup-tied.
David Molloy and Steven Hubery are unavailable due to injury, while James Pickering is also unavailable and David Conroy has been allowed to join Jarrow on a temporary basis to get some regular game-time.