Mariners could face FA Vase final repeat in Integro Cup
South Shields could come up against last season’s Buildbase FA Vase final opponents, Cleethorpes Town, in the next round of the Integro Cup.
The draw for the third round of the competition was held on Thursday, when the Mariners discovered they faced a trip to Cleethorpes or Tadcaster Albion.
The two teams will face each other in the second round of the competition on January 17, when they will battle it out for the chance to host Shields.
The Mariners beat Cleethorpes 4-0 in the final of the Vase in May to seal the first national trophy in the club’s history.
Many friendships were formed on that day at Wembley, but we will have to wait and see whether the friendly rivalry can be resumed in the new year.
Shields reached the third round with a 2-1 victory over Stocksbridge Park Steels last month, having beaten Farsley Celtic on penalties in the first round.