The Mariners welcome near neighbours Dunston UTS to Filtrona Park in an Ebac Northern League fixture this Saturday, March 9th, kick off at 3.00pm, for what is hoped will be an entertaining game, with decent weather and goals for the fans to enjoy and also for the hosts something from the match. With now 15 games remaining in the season’s programme, the odds are lengthening without putting too fine a point on current matters on slim prospects of escaping the drop, and up to Monday week five matches are scheduled, three away in succession Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday to Consett, Spennymoor Town and Newcastle Benfield respectively, concluded with the home derby against Hebburn Town on Monday following. Shields one understands will see Lee Bell back in contention for selection, and free at last from a lengthy weekend work spell in northern Scotland, to assist the improving defence. Upfront problems are now apparent with a lack of goals, and with recent numerous missed chances in the last three home games to rue, that have seen the loss of potential points that would have helped the league table position considerably, and to put such matters into fine perspective, a finisher is now badly needed to convert such missed opportunities and to help the dire situation confronting us. It is also mentioned that other matters as are common knowledge and well known with another league club regrettably in a different kind of trouble are expected to be resolved soon, that may have a bearing on the relegation scenario, and no doubt several clubs are watching as certain events unfold, that may have serious repercussions for that unfortunate club.
Dunston UTS. AWAY. P15. W5. D6. L4. F20. A19. Total GD10. League table position 8th, with 47 points from 30 games.
Form table position 19th, with 6 points from the last 6 games.
South Shields. HOME. P16. W2. D2. L12. F17. A42. Total GD -56. League table position 23rd, with 17 points from the last 6 games.
Form table position 14th, with 7 points from the last 6 games.