King’s selection dilemma
By Daniel Prince
South Shields manager Jon King has admitted he has some tough decisions to make heading into the Ebac Northern League Division Two trip to Washington tomorrow (Saturday).
A number of players were given their chance to stake a claim for a regular starting place in the League Cup tie at Penrith on Wednesday.
Some of them flourished, particularly Adam Sharp, who scored one and had another harshly ruled out in the 4-2 defeat after extra-time.
Sharp was given a forward role in the game, and King says he has given him a lot to think about ahead of the Washington fixture.
He said: “Adam was one of a few players who had to stake their claim for a regular starting place against Penrith, and he certainly did that.
“He has given me a very, very hard decision to make on Saturday.
“We know Stephen Ramsey is going to be suspended for the FA Vase game against Whitley Bay next week, along with Chris Feasey, and that’s something to think about.
“Sharp played fantastically well up front, so I’ve got a welcome selection dilemma.
“He has been suffering with injuries and missed all of pre-season.
“He grabbed his chance with both hands on Wednesday, and he was one of a number of players who impressed me.
“Steven Hubery was also fantastic in goal, and we had some good performances from the likes of Colin White and Aron Burn.”
Competition for places is set to be strong tomorrow, despite the unavailability of Graham Stephenson – who is on holiday – and the possible absence of Lee Maitland.
Andy Renton, David Halliday, Chris Feasey, Paul Kane and Kyle Houshby should all return to contention.
Shields will be looking to bounce back from two straight losses against strong opposition, and King says it is “onwards and upwards” heading into what is sure to be another huge test in tomorrow’s 3pm kick-off.
He said: “It was disappointing to lose on Wednesday after being 2-0 up, but we have to give credit to the lads.
“They went right to the end and we ended up creating the best chances at the end of extra-time.
“It’s onwards and upwards, and we move on from that now.
“If we could have seen that game out, it would have been a great result for us, but it wasn’t to be.”