Mariners confirm two more games in pre-season schedule

Mariners confirm two more games in pre-season schedule

South Shields will take on Consett and Tadcaster Albion as part of their preparations for the 2018-19 Evo-Stik Premier Division season.

Friendlies against Blyth Spartans and Cleethorpes Town, as well as the club’s participation in the South Shields FC International Tournament with Celtic, Marseille and Southampton’s Under-23 sides, were announced earlier this month.

The club can now confirm that its pre-season schedule will begin with a home fixture against Northern League outfit Consett on Friday, July 13.

The clubs struck up a friendship over many years of competition in the Northern League, and last met in April 2017, when Shields won 1-0 at Mariners Park on their way to winning the league title.

A trip to Tadcaster Albion, who the Mariners came up against in the 2017-18 Evo-Stik North Division campaign, has also been added to the pre-season programme.

Shields will visit the i2i Stadium on Saturday, August 4 in what is due to be their penultimate friendly of the summer.

An additional pre-season game is expected to be announced soon, and it is due to take place on Tuesday, July 24 at Mariners Park.

Here is the club’s pre-season schedule so far:

Friday, July 13: Consett (H)

Saturday, July 21: Blyth Spartans (H)

Tuesday, July 24: TBC (H)

Saturday, July 28: Southampton Under-23s (H) – South Shields FC International Tournament (PURCHASE TICKETS BY CLICKING HERE)

Sunday, July 29: Celtic Under-23s or Marseille Under-23s (H) – South Shields FC International Tournament (PURCHASE TICKETS BY CLICKING HERE)

Saturday, August 4: Tadcaster Albion (A)

Saturday, August 11: Cleethorpes Town (A)