Match Preview: Basford United vs South Shields, The Pitching In Northern Premier League

Match Preview: Basford United vs South Shields, The Pitching In Northern Premier League

South Shields travel to Basford United on Saturday (3pm kick-off) as they return to action in the Pitching In Northern Premier League.

The Mariners are second in the table after being out of action in midweek, with Buxton holding a two-point advantage at the top having played a game more.

Basford defeated Shields 1-0 in the reverse fixture at 1st Cloud Arena in October and are 15th heading into Saturday’s fixture, having won two of their nine games since the turn of the year.

Manager’s view

Shields manager Kevin Phillips was pleased to get some vital time on the training field with his players this week following last Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Stafford Rangers.

He said: “This week has given the lads some time to recover from a busy run of games.

“They had a couple of days of rest to completely recover and were back in on Tuesday.

“I told them to switch off from football for the couple of days they were away and enjoy their time with their families, because that’s important.

“We’ve been back to it since Tuesday preparing for Basford, which will be another tough match.

“We know it’ll be a decent pitch because it’s a 3G surface, so hopefully we’ll get the ball down and play the way we know we can.”

Phillips is hopeful that hard work on the training ground will reap dividends for Shields as they bid to return to winning ways.

He added: “We’ve been in a little place recently where we’ve not been getting the rub of the green.

“Every time there was a ricochet it tended to land at a Stafford player’s feet, and it was the same at Ashton.

“You have spells in football like that and the only way you can turn it around is by continuing to work hard and believing in what you’re doing.

“Eventually that luck will turn in our favour and hopefully we’ll capitalise on it.”

Team news

News is awaited on the availability of Jordan Hunter (head), but Shields will definitely be without midfielder Callum Ross after he underwent knee surgery which will rule him out for the rest of the season.

Cedric Main and Jon Shaw are hoping to return from injury for the game.

Matchday information

Kick-off at Greenwich Avenue, which has a post code of NG6 0LD, is at 3pm.

Admission prices are £9 for adults, £7 for concessions, £3 for under-16s and students, and £20 for a family ticket of four, which must include at least one child.

To snap up a ticket ahead of the game, click here.

Live updates will be posted on the club’s Twitter account and the Mariners Live team will also be on hand to provide live commentary. You can tune in by clicking here.