Match Preview: Heaton Stannington vs South Shields

Match Preview: Heaton Stannington vs South Shields

South Shields require three more wins to guarantee promotion ahead of Wednesday’s visit to Heaton Stannington (7.30pm).

The Mariners have won their last nine games in Ebac Northern League Division Two, and will be taking on a side which sits eighth.

Shields will be boosted by the return of influential midfielder Julio Arca, who has missed the last four matches through suspension.

HOW TO GET THERE

Heaton Stannington play their home games at Grounsell Park, which is on Newton Road, High Heaton, Newcastle, and has a postcode of NE7 7HP.

Supporters looking to make their own way to the ground face a journey of about 10 miles, which should take in the region of 20 minutes.

The quickest route from South Shields is to make your way to the Tyne Tunnel and pass through that. Then continue on the A19 until you turn left onto Coast Road (A1058). Take the A188 exit from Coast Road, and then follow that and Cragside to Newton Road, where you will find the ground on the right.

Places are also available on a supporters’ coach to the game, which will depart Mariners Park at 6pm and costs £7 per person. To book, call into the ground or call 0191 454 7800.

The Metro stations at South Gosforth, Longbenton and Four Lane Ends are also within a 15 to 25 minute walk of the ground, while the number 38 bus, from Newcastle city centre, drops off outside the entrance of Grounsell Park.

Supporters are advised that on-site parking is limited.

Admission prices are £5 for adults and £2 for concessions, while it is free for children.

LAST MEETING

August 18, 2015 – Ebac Northern League Division Two, Mariners Park

South Shields 2 (Phillips 26, Byrne 45) Heaton Stannington 1 (Dodsworth 50).

SOUTH SHIELDS: Beal, Smith, Turner, Hall, Galpin, McMahon (Chapim 66), Sakr (Melvin 74), Scroggins (c), Byrne, Wightman, Foley (Phillips 21). Subs not used: Young, Riding.

FORM GUIDE

Last six games (in all competitions)

Heaton Stannington: LWWLWW (Overall league position: 8th, 53 points from 32 games)

South Shields: WWWLWW (Overall league position: 1st, 83 points from 33 games)

THOUGHTS AHEAD OF THE GAME

Jon King, South Shields manager: “Heaton Stannington are a good side. We watched them last week, and it’ll be a difficult game. They’re well-organised, scrap for each other, and will be a real test for us.”

WORDS: Daniel Prince. IMAGE: Peter Talbot.