Match Preview: Colne vs South Shields, Emirates FA Cup
A home second qualifying round tie against Thornaby or Ossett United awaits the winners of the Emirates FA Cup replay between Colne and South Shields on Tuesday.
The sides will go into battle again three days on from their 0-0 draw at Mariners Park.
Shields are expecting another difficult encounter with the BetVictor Northern Premier League North West Division side after the Reds produced a resilient display to earn a replay.
Defender Gary Brown says the Mariners will go into the match in confident mood, though, after taking the positives from Saturday’s stalemate, which saw Shields record their fourth clean sheet in six games.
Brown said: “We tried not to be too negative after the game on Saturday because we played some good football.
“Credit to Colne, because they had a gameplan, sat in and tried to catch us on the counter-attack, which nearly worked for them a few times.
“It was a fair result.
“We had a couple of water breaks and injury breaks, and just kept saying ‘don’t lose the game’.
“We didn’t lose so we’ve got another chance on Tuesday and hopefully we can get the job done.”
Shields had been due to face Lancaster City at home on Tuesday in the league, but that match has been postponed because of their involvement in the replay.
They will again look to build from the back and maintain their strong defensive record, for which Brown claims the whole team deserves credit.
He added: “Compared to where we were this time last year defensively, we’re more organised from the front all the way back.
“It’s not just about the back five, it’s down to the lads from front to back working hard.
“If the forward players don’t do their jobs defensively, it’s more difficult for us at the back.
“It has been a full team effort to get these clean sheets and hopefully it continues.”
Brown has earned much praise for his performances so far this season, and won the Bowland Brewery Player of the Month award for August, as voted by the fans.
He said: “I’m doing all right.
“The more games I play, the better I seem to be getting.
“I’ve been here for a year but I’m still getting used to the way we play.
“Every minute for me on the pitch is brilliant, and I can keep learning and learning.”
Shields will remain without the injured Luke Daly and cup-tied Jordan Annear in Tuesday’s 7.45pm kick-off at Colne’s Holt House ground (BB8 9SL).
Admission prices are £8 for adults, £5 for concessions and students, and £1 for under-16s.