Match Preview: Mickleover Sports vs South Shields, Evo-Stik Premier Division

Match Preview: Mickleover Sports vs South Shields, Evo-Stik Premier Division

South Shields travel to Mickleover Sports on Saturday as they bid to strengthen their hopes of winning promotion from the Evo-Stik Premier Division.

A pitch inspection will be held at 9am on the day of the game to decide if it can go ahead.

A 1-1 draw against Buxton last Saturday saw the Mariners fall eight points behind leaders Warrington Town, although they have a game in hand.

It is therefore imperative they return to winning ways in Derbyshire against a Mickleover side which pushed them all the way in November at Mariners Park before succumbing to a 3-2 defeat.

Mickleover are 20th in the table and battling against relegation, but Shields know all about their capabilities.

Joint manager Graham Fenton has reminded his team that they are in for a challenging afternoon.

He said: “Mickleover are a good team.

“Some people who don’t know the league very well will look at the table and think Mickleover aren’t very good, but that’s not the case.

“They caused us problems at Mariners Park and are one of the teams in the league that try to play football and split at the back and play out.

“If you don’t get your organisation right they’ll cause you problems, so we’ll have to be right at it.

“I’m sure we’ll strive to put on a performance similar to the last couple of away games, which were really impressive.”

Shields go into the game without Gary Brown, Carl Finnigan and Barrie Smith, who are all injured.

Kick-off at the Don Amott Arena – which has a post code of DE3 9FB – is at 3pm.

Admission prices are £10 for adults, £7 for concessions and free for children.