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Match preview: Ryton & Crawcrook Albion vs South Shields

South Shields travel to Ryton & Crawcrook Albion on Saturday aiming for a fifth successive victory in Ebac Northern League Division Two (3pm kick-off).

The Mariners have beaten promotion rivals Team Northumbria and Chester-le-Street Town in their last two league games to move five points clear at the top.

With the top three to win promotion, Shields stand 12 points clear of fourth-placed Chester-le-Street, with a game in hand.

They were defeated on penalties on Tuesday in the Durham Challenge Cup by Newton Aycliffe, but return to the priority of league action on Saturday.

HOW TO GET THERE

The Mariners have had outstanding travelling support all season, and it would be superb to see another big contingent of South Shields fans at Saturday’s game. Ryton play their home matches at Kingsley Park, which is on Stannerford Road, Crawcrook and has a postcode of NE40 3SN.

Those looking to travel there by car face a journey of about 18 miles, which should take in the region of 45 minutes.

First, take the A194 and A184 until you reach Skinnerburn Road, in Newcastle. Continue on Skinnerburn Road and then onto Scotswood Road (A695). At Blaydon roundabout, take the A695 Ryton bypass (second exit heading uphill) and continue past the Ryton turn-offs until you reach the small roundabout. Turn right just after the roundabout marked Greenside and Prudhoe and travel downhill for three-quarters of a mile until the traffic lights, before going straight over the junction, continuing downhill, and the ground is 200 yards on the right

LAST MEETING

October 10, 2015 – Ebac Northern League Division Two, Mariners Park

South Shields 4 (Teasdale 12, Byrne 67, Arca 90, Scroggins 90+2) Ryton & Crawcrook Albion 0. Attendance: 1,045.

SOUTH SHIELDS: Pocklington, Smith, Curry, Hall, Riding, Arca, Sakr (Ramsey 80), Scroggins (c), Bulford (Foley 59), Teasdale (Byrne 53), Phillips. Subs not used: Young, Wightman.

FORM GUIDE

Last six games (in all competitions)

South Shields: DWLWWW (Overall league position: 1st, 68 points from 28 games)

Ryton & Crawcrook Albion: LLDDWL (Overall league position: 15th, 37 points from 30 games)

TOP SCORER (LEAGUE GAMES ONLY)

South Shields: Warren Byrne (19).

Ryton & Crawcrook Albion: Sam Moore (17).

THOUGHTS AHEAD OF THE GAME

Mark Scott, South Shields first-team coach: “It hasn’t been a job to lift the players since Tuesday. Overall, that was still a good performance. The lads were obviously really disappointed to go out in the semi-final, because everyone wants to play in finals and that’s the way the club is going. The main goal has always been the league, though, and that’s still our main priority. The league performances have been first-class of late in some big games. The lads were disappointed on Tuesday, but can keep their heads held high after their performance, and we’ll go again strong on Saturday.”

WORDS: Daniel Prince. IMAGE: Peter Talbot.