Match Preview: Marske United vs South Shields
South Shields make a return trip to Marske United on Tuesday as they aim to maintain their fine form and stay top of Northern League Division One.
The Mariners kicked off their season at the GER Stadium, where they lost 3-1 in an FA Cup extra preliminary round tie.
However, they go into Tuesday’s league clash with some momentum behind them, having won their last six games.
Marske, meanwhile, were Northern League champions two seasons ago, and followed that up by finishing in the runners-up spot last time out.
They are 11th in the early table, but have played at least two games less than many of those ahead of them, including Shields, who have played three more.
On Saturday, they scored a 94th-minute equaliser at North Shields to claim a 3-3 draw.
That was their second fixture of the season against the Robins, who won 2-1 at Marske in mid-August.
The North Shields manager that day was Graham Fenton, who is now in joint charge of the Mariners with Lee Picton.
Fenton is expecting a difficult game, but feels Shields are more than capable of extending their winning run.
He said: “Marske are always tough, especially at their place.
“I took the North Shields team there earlier this season and got a victory, though, and hopefully we can do the same thing.
“It’s definitely going to be a very tough game, but we’re looking forward to it.”
Right-back Craig Baxter added: “I got injured in the cup game at Marske, but we know exactly how they play.
“We know what to expect, and we’ve just got to try to take care of that and play our own game.
“We know that if we do that, we can beat anyone on our day.”
Carl Finnigan was not risked from the start in Saturday’s game with Ryhope CW at Mariners Park because of a slight injury, but is expected to be fully fit for Tuesday’s 7.30pm kick-off.
The post code of the ground is TS11 7BW.
Limited places are available on a supporters’ coach to the game, with seats on it costing £10 for those in the SSFC Members’ Club, and £13 for non-members. To book, call 0191 454 7800. Meanwhile, membership cards are now available to pick up from Mariners Park between 9am and 8pm on weekdays, and at the ticket office on home matchdays.
Meanwhile, supporters making their own way to Tuesday’s match are given the following information.
The distance between South Shields and the GER Stadium is roughly 50 miles, and will take in the region of an hour to travel by car.
The quickest route there is via the A19. Follow the A19 until the turn-off for Redcar and Cleveland, and continue onto the A174. Stay on the A174 until eventually turning right onto Meadow Road, and then left onto Southfield Road. The ground is on Mount Pleasant Avenue, which is on the right.
WORDS: Daniel Prince. IMAGE: Peter Talbot.