Hebburn Town vs South Shields Preview
By Daniel Prince
South Shields make the short trip to Hebburn Town tomorrow (Monday) for an Ebac Northern League Division Two fixture.
The Mariners will be looking to bounce back from Saturday’s 5-3 loss to Darlington RA in the 11am kick-off at Hebburn Sports and Social Ground.
They are facing a side in good form, with Hebburn having responded well to last season’s relegation.
They have won all three league games so far this term, scoring 12 goals in the process, so are sure to provide Shields with a stern test.
Mariners manager Jon King, though, is hopeful Shields fans will be there in force at the early bank holiday kick-off, and has backed his side to bounce back from Saturday’s defeat.
He said: “We have got a lot of potential here.
“We missed some key players today on Saturday, like Aron Burn and Lee Maitland, but if we can go there with a fit side, then we have got a good chance.
“We can play football and we’ve got a good side, and it was just unfortunate on Saturday with the early sending off.
“I’m sure the Shields public will come out to support us on Monday, and I said to the lads I’m sure the Shields lot will bring a good number and it will be a good atmosphere.
“I want them to be up for the game and take their frustrations out from Saturday on our derby opponents.
“Hopefully we can get something, but of course it will be tough.”
King has been impressed with the job done by Hebburn manager Scott Oliver under at times testing circumstances.
He added: “I think Scott Oliver has done a really good job there.
“I know Scott well, and he was struggling big time as when he found a good player, they were taken off him.
“It must have been really hard for him last season, but he has kept going, kept his belief and kept wanting to be there.
“I am over the moon for him – he has had a good start – and it will be tough, because they had a really good finish to last season as well.”
Burn, Maitland and Colin White are doubts for Shields, while David Halliday is expected to miss out due to work commitments and David Conroy is still injured.