Match Preview: Grantham Town vs South Shields, BetVictor Northern Premier Division
South Shields travel to Grantham Town on Saturday as they bid to end a run of four league games without a win.
The Mariners remain top of the BetVictor Northern Premier Division heading into the trip to Lincolnshire but know the importance of picking up maximum points against a side sitting second-bottom, having lost their last five in the league.
They know better than to take Grantham lightly, though.
The Gingerbreads claimed a 1-1 draw in the reverse fixture at Mariners Park and last season, when Shields travelled to South Kesteven Sports Stadium in similar circumstances, Grantham took a 2-1 victory.
Shields joint manager Graham Fenton is well aware of Grantham’s threat as both sides look to bounce back to winning ways, with the Mariners having been beaten 5-2 by Morpeth Town on Wednesday in the Integro Cup.
Fenton said: “It’s not going to be the same type of pitch as Wednesday and we’ll have to adapt.
“We’ll have to get back to what we did really well in the second half at Lancaster last month.
“We’ve come up with a gameplan to be effective away from home and it probably won’t be anywhere near as open and expansive as it was on Wednesday.
“We’re all disappointed about how that game panned out but we’re going to stick together and all want to get the next performance and result right.
“Once we get one right, we feel it can snowball from there.”
Fenton admitted Wednesday’s second half performance wasn’t good enough after Shields let a 2-1 lead slip.
However, he insists now is not the time to be negative as the Mariners look to kickstart a good run of form.
He added: “We’re in a tough spot at the moment but there’s no point in us blasting the lads and being negative about it.
“It’s about looking at what we did well on Wednesday and the reasons we did them well, and what we did poorly and the reasons behind them.
“It’s now time for us to get it right on Saturday and for the lads who are playing to roll their sleeves up.”