Match Preview: Crook Town vs South Shields
Crook Town is the destination for South Shields on Saturday, with the Mariners knowing a win would secure the league title (3pm kick-off).
Shields go into the match with promotion to Ebac Northern League Division One secured.
However, their aim throughout the season has been to end it with silverware, and with three games left, the trophy is within their sights.
Shields and Crook have already played each other twice this season, with the Mariners winning 5-0 on both occasions.
However, Crook will be aiming to take the scalp of Jon King’s side on home soil, and are also aiming to finish the season on a high under former Consett boss Colin Myers.
The supporters’ coach to the game will depart Mariners Park at 1pm, but fans are asked to arrive at least 10 minutes in advance of that. The bar will be open from 12pm to 1pm, and again upon return after the match.
HOW TO GET THERE
The supporters’ coach to the game is now full.
Crook Town play their home games at The Sir Tom Cowie Millfield Ground, on West Road, Crook, County Durham, which has a postcode of DL15 9PW.
It is a journey of about 28 miles from South Shields, and should take in the region of 45 minutes by car.
The quickest route is to follow the A194(M), A1(M) and A167 to Neville’s Cross Bank/A690 in Durham. Continue on the A690 before taking Stockley Lane to West Road, in Crook, where you will find the ground.
March 22, 2016 – Ebac Northern League Division Two, Mariners Park
South Shields 5 (Byrne 39, Turner 68, Scroggins 81, Ramsey 88, Grey 90+1) Crook Town 0. Attendance: 532.
SOUTH SHIELDS: Richardson, Smith, Grey, Carson, Hassan (Riding 69), Briggs, Teasdale (Turner 57), Scroggins (c), Byrne, Coleman (Ramsey 73), Foley. Subs not used: Connor, Hall.
Last six games (in all competitions)
Crook Town: WDLDLL (Overall league position: 18th, 35 points from 38 games)
South Shields: WWWWWL (Overall league position: 1st, 98 points from 39 games)
THOUGHTS AHEAD OF THE GAME
Mark Scott, South Shields first-team coach: “It’s always tough at Crook. They always give you a game, and they’ll fight and scrap. I always think it’s a good ground to play at – a proper old Northern League ground. It will be a tough test for us, but we’ll be up for it. The two 5-0 wins against them earlier this season mean nothing at all. It’s a brand new game, and we’ve got to take the match that’s in front of us and stamp our authority on it.”
Julio Arca, midfielder: “We’re very confident, but for every team that plays against us, it’s like a final. We are the favourites to win the league, and most people think we probably have the best players in the league, so they want to get something from us. It’s hard, but as long as we do what we do best, we should be OK on Saturday.”
Barrie Smith, right-back: “We’re confident, but we’ve got to be on our game. We get told before every game that it’s the other team’s cup final and they want to spoil our party. There’s no way that Crook are going to lie down and let us win the league. We’ve got to be on our game, do things properly and be professional about what we do. I have no doubt that the lads will do that, because they know what’s at stake, and I think we’ll get a good show.”
WORDS: Daniel Prince. IMAGE: Peter Talbot.