Match Preview: Radcliffe vs South Shields, The Pitching In Northern Premier League
Radcliffe provide the Mariners’ latest test in the Pitching In Northern Premier League when the sides go head-to-head on Tuesday.
It will be a second trip to Greater Manchester in four days for Shields after Saturday’s 2-1 win at Hyde United.
That moved the Mariners two points clear at the top of the table, with Tuesday’s opponents Radcliffe sitting 16th, having averaged a point a game so far.
They defeated Nantwich Town 3-1 on Saturday to register their second league victory of the campaign, and Shields manager Graham Fenton is mindful of the threat which will be posed to his side at the Neuven Stadium.
He said: “Radcliffe never give you an easy game.
“They’ll provide us with another tough challenge and it’s back-to-back away games for us, so the lads have had to recuperate, refuel and get themselves ready.
“We did a light session on Monday with very minimal football to avoid any further accidents and mainly focussed on organisational stuff.
“The lads are in good spirits after Saturday’s game and have prepared well.”
Shields go into Tuesday’s match without right-back Jordan Hunter, who faces a spell on the sidelines after breaking his arm in training on Friday.
The game is also expected to come too soon for Nathan Lowe, but captain Robert Briggs should be in contention to return. Joao Gomes remains a long-term absentee.
Fenton is looking for his side to replicate their second half performance from Saturday, when they turned a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 win.
He added: “We had to work extremely hard for it on Saturday.
“Hyde scored a goal that we were really disappointed with to take the lead, but the players showed great character and tried to do the right things even in the first half when they weren’t at their best.
“They tried to keep playing and unlock the door, and in the second half it was a magnificent performance and we deserved the victory.
“We’ll be looking for similar levels from the start at Radcliffe.”
Kick-off at the Neuven Stadium – which has a post code of M26 3PE – is at 7.45pm and admission prices are £10 for adults, £7 for concessions and £3 for under-18s. Tickets can be bought in advance by clicking here, while cash and card payments will be accepted at the turnstiles.