Match Preview: Marine vs South Shields, Buildbase FA Trophy

Match Preview: Marine vs South Shields, Buildbase FA Trophy

South Shields face a trip to Merseyside on Saturday as they aim to make progress in the Buildbase FA Trophy. 

The Mariners are heading to cup specialists Marine, who made it all the way to the third round of the FA Cup last season before being beaten by Tottenham Hotspur in front of the BBC cameras.

Marine also progressed to the final qualifying round of the FA Cup this term before an agonising defeat to Wrexham, and are third in the Northern Premier League West Division – one tier below Shields – with two games in hand on leaders Mossley.

Shields manager Graham Fenton knows the sternest of tests awaits his side at the Marine Travel Arena, but says the Mariners are relishing the challenge.

He said: “It’s probably a really good game for us because Marine have got a little bit of everything.

“They’ve got some physicality, they’ve got some pace and they’ve got some technical players.

“They’ve also got some deficiencies, as any team does, and we have to nullify their strengths and expose their weaknesses, which is what the game is all about.

“We’ve prepared the lads for the challenge ahead and we’ll be giving it everything we’ve got to get into the hat for the next round.”

Shields were beaten 5-2 by Sunderland’s Under-23s in the Durham Challenge Cup on Wednesday, despite taking an early 2-0 lead thanks to two goals inside the first six minutes by Sam Hodgson.

Another cup test now awaits Shields in the battle of the Mariners.

Fenton said: “Both teams will be up for it.

“We have to be better out of possession than we were on Wednesday, and we have to keep being brave in possession and show some of the football we’ve played through the thirds in the last two games.

“We have to keep doing that and really tighten up on the defensive side of the game.

“We’ve worked on it and now it’s full steam ahead for Saturday.”

If Saturday’s game finishes level after 90 minutes, it will go straight to a penalty shootout.

Shields remain without Jordan Hunter (arm), Will Jenkins (leg) and Joao Gomes (knee) for the 3pm kick-off at the Marine Travel Arena, which has a post code of L23 3AS.

Admission prices are £10 for adults and £6 for concessions, with tickets available in advance from Marine’s website by clicking here. No cash turnstiles will be in operation but supporters will be able to purchase tickets from Marine’s ticket office on the day of the game.