Match Preview: Matlock Town vs South Shields, Evo-Stik Premier Division

Match Preview: Matlock Town vs South Shields, Evo-Stik Premier Division

South Shields are looking to retain top spot in the Evo-Stik Premier Division on Saturday when they travel to Matlock Town.

The Mariners are chasing a fifth successive win in all competitions and if they do so, it will be their 100th victory under the leadership of Lee Picton and Graham Fenton.

Fenton believes there is more to come from Shields following Tuesday’s 2-0 win over Lancaster City.

He said: “Especially after the little blips we had at Farsley Celtic and North Ferriby in the opening few weeks of the season, we’re pleased to be top of the league.

“We had a poor week and we’ve bounced back exceptionally well from that.

“You want to be top of the league at any point of the season.

“Some people say that you don’t want to peak too early but of course you do.

“You want to be top of the league and for everyone else to be chasing you, so we’re delighted to be there.

“We’re just going to try to keep on improving over the next few weeks and months to make sure we stay there.”

Matlock manager Dave Hoole resigned on Monday following a 6-0 defeat at Basford United, and he was yesterday replaced by former Gainsborough Trinity boss Dave Frecklington.

Lancaster had also changed managers in the days leading up to Tuesday’s game, so Fenton is expecting a similar sort of test tomorrow against second-bottom Matlock.

He added: “It’s a similar situation to Lancaster and we’ll have to deal with whatever is thrown at us.

“We’ve got a long journey ahead of us as well, so we’ll hopefully get the atmosphere right on the bus, and get the warm-up and the start of the game right and hopefully we can bring three more points home.

“We know that we have to treat every single game on its own merits.

“We have to be adaptable and play against different formations and styles of play, teams pressing us and teams dropping off.

“We have to find a way, and I thought the lads did that on Tuesday.

“They adapted really well to what was put in front of them and thoroughly deserved the win.”

Shields are hoping to welcome Lee Mason back from injury, with the forward having not played yet this season.

They remain without Anthony Callaghan and Barrie Smith, though, heading into the 3pm kick-off at Causeway Lane, which has a post code of DE4 3AR.

Admission prices are £10 for adults, £6.50 for concessions, £5 for students, £3 for children aged 10 to 18, and free for children under 10.