Hebburn Town Preview
By Daniel Prince
South Shields manager Jon King feels the club’s travelling supporters could make a big difference in Monday’s derby at Hebburn Town.
Shields – who saw Saturday’s game against Ryhope CW at Mariners Park abandoned after four minutes because of a serious injury sustained by Adam Sakr – will make the short trip to the Hebburn Sports & Social Ground for an 11am kick-off.
The match will see two of the sides who will be aiming for promotion from Ebac Northern League Division Two this season go head-to-head.
In last season’s fixture between the teams at Hebburn, the Mariners snatched a point with two Stephen Ramsey goals in the final 16 minutes.
Manager King – who previews the game in the video above – felt Shields’ fans made a big difference on that day, and believes that can again be the case on Monday.
He said: “It’s a big derby game. Hebburn are one of the favourites for the league, and did very well last season. They were unfortunate to miss out.
“It will be a good game, and I’m sure we’ll have a good attendance. To get three points there would be great.
“Speaking to people who were there on Saturday, and a lot of my friends, I think there’s going to be a good attendance from the South Shields public.
“It’s great for the lads to get backing, and I’m sure we’ll have that. Hopefully they’ll be there in their numbers and hopefully cheer us onto a victory.”
Shields are expected to welcome back Jonny Wightman and Warren Byrne for Monday’s game, but Sakr and David Foley will miss out.
The fixture could see the Mariners come up against two of last season’s most prominent performers, with Chris Feasey and James Talbot both having joined Hebburn from Shields in the summer.
Chris Locke also made the same switch, but is expected to miss out on Monday with a dislocated shoulder.
Talbot, though, who was Shields’ top appearance maker last season, and Feasey, who made 270 appearances for the club, could line up against the Mariners.
King added: “Chris Feasey was a good servant for the club and James Talbot did well for us last season, so it will be good to see those lads.
“Chris Locke dislocated his shoulder, so he’ll probably be out, but I’m sure he’ll be in attendance.
“It will be good to see the lads, but let’s get one thing straight – we’re there to win three points.
“It’s a game that we want to do really well in, and I’m sure Scott Oliver will want the same for his team.”
The club would greatly appreciate all support at the game.
To find the Hebburn Sports and Social Ground, drive on Western Approach (A194), and continue to follow the A194 through Newcastle Road and Leam Lane. When prompted at a roundabout, take the third exit onto Mill Lane (B1306), and turn right onto Victoria Road West (A185). Hebburn Sports and Social Ground is half a mile along, on the left.
The nearest Metro station to the ground is Hebburn. When you exit the station, walk up Station Road past Hebburn Shopping Centre and then turn right onto Victoria Road West. Hebburn Sports and Social Ground is a five-minute walk and is on the right. Turnstile access is available on North Drive, just past the back of the Main Stand.