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Mariners to travel to Blyth Spartans and Boldon as part of pre-season programme

Friendlies with Blyth Spartans and Boldon CA have been added to South Shields’ pre-season friendly programme.

Both matches will be played away from home, starting with the trip to the Boldon CA Sports Ground on Thursday, July 20.

Kick-off is at 7.30pm and silverware will be up for grabs, with the teams competing for the Sam Bartram Memorial Trophy.

The match at Blyth Spartans, meanwhile, will take place on Saturday, July 29 at 3pm.

The game will see former Spartans Michael Richardson, Alex Nicholson, Matty Pattison, Dillon Morse and Robert Briggs return to Croft Park, as well as joint managers Lee Picton and Graham Fenton, who have had spells within the club’s backroom team.

The list of confirmed friendlies for the Mariners so far is:

Saturday, July 15: Gateshead (home, 3pm)

Thursday, July 20: Boldon CA (away, 7.30pm)

Saturday, July 22: FC United of Manchester (home, 3pm)

Saturday, July 29: Blyth Spartans (away, 3pm)

Wednesday, August 2: Sunderland XI – Stephen Ramsey testimonial (home, 7.30pm)

Saturday, August 5: Whitby Town (away, 1pm)

Picture by Graham Burrell.