Match Preview: Gainsborough Trinity vs South Shields, The Pitching In Northern Premier League

Match Preview: Gainsborough Trinity vs South Shields, The Pitching In Northern Premier League

South Shields travel to Gainsborough Trinity on Saturday for another important game in the Pitching In Northern Premier League.

Last weekend’s 2-0 win over Stafford Rangers left Shields second in the table with five matches remaining, trailing leaders Buxton by two points.

Kevin Phillips’ side are six points ahead of third-placed Matlock Town but with just one automatic promotion spot up for grabs, every fixture is so crucial.

Gainsborough are battling against relegation and sit 18th in the table following a 1-0 defeat at Hyde United last weekend. Shields won the reverse fixture 3-1 in November.

Manager’s view

Shields manager Phillips is hoping to use last Saturday’s performance as a springboard to improve the Mariners’ results on their travels.

He said: “We were absolutely delighted with the result last week against a Stafford team which had the best away record in the league.

“We’ve had plenty of rest and now it’s another away game.

“I don’t need to highlight the importance of it.

“Our away record hasn’t been particularly great of late, but we’re going into the game full of confidence and looking to pick up three points.”

Phillips is expecting to come up against a team fighting for their lives in Lincolnshire on Saturday.

He added: “No team gives you an easy game, but especially one that is battling to avoid relegation.

“They’ll be hugely determined to get a positive result but so are we, so it makes for an entertaining afternoon.

“Thankfully we’ve got a strong squad to choose from, but I’m going to have to utilise the subs at this stage of the season because players are picking up knocks.

“It’s a squad game and nothing is personal when I take a player off or leave a player out.

“I have to make tough decisions and it’s going to upset some people, but that’s part of my job.”

Team news

Shields are without Callum Ross, who will miss the rest of the season after undergoing knee surgery.

Mitch Rose is a doubt, but Sam Hodgson is expected to be available after missing the Stafford match.

Matchday information

Kick-off at The Martin & Co Arena – which has a postcode of DN21 2QW – is at 3pm and admission prices are £12 for adults, £8 for students and over-65s, and free for under-16s.

Tickets can be purchased in advance by clicking here.

Supporters planning to travel to the game by car have been issued with advice by the home club.

Trinity recently lost access to all parking provision at The Martin and Co Arena which had previously been available on matchdays.

Roadside parking is available around the ground on a first-come, first-served basis, with fans recommended to otherwise use the Roseway and Tower Street car parks which are located within a two-minute walk of the ground.

Supporters are asked not to park on pavements around The Martin and Co Arena following complaints made to the authorities over recent months.

Live commentary will be provided by Ronnie Peet and Michael Manuel on the Mariners Live Mixlr account, which can be accessed by clicking here. Live updates will also be posted on the club’s Twitter account.