Match Preview: Scarborough Athletic vs South Shields, The Pitching In Northern Premier League
South Shields are preparing for a Bank Holiday trip to the seaside as they take on Scarborough Athletic in an eagerly-awaited Pitching In Northern Premier League fixture.
Both teams are unbeaten in their opening five games heading into Monday’s meeting at the Flamingo Land Stadium.
The Mariners have won four and drawn one while the Seadogs have one less victory to their name but have looked impressive under new manager Jonathan Greening.
Scarborough have won their last three matches without conceding a goal, with Shields manager Graham Fenton well aware of the task which awaits his side in North Yorkshire.
He said: “I watched Scarborough in pre-season and we’ve had them watched since then too.
“We know they’ve got quality and they’ve got off to a good start so they’ll be confident.
“It’s not an easy place to go and it’s generally quite hot when we go there, but hopefully it’s a bit overcast this time to give the lads a bit of respite.
“We’re looking forward to a really competitive game.”
The last time Shields travelled to Scarborough was for an August Bank Holiday fixture two years ago which ended 0-0 in the baking sunshine. The Mariners won the reverse fixture 2-1 on New Year’s Day.
They go into the game having beaten Grantham Town 4-1 on Saturday to stay level on points with Buxton at the top of the table.
Despite having picked up 13 points from their opening five matches, Fenton insists there is plenty more to come from the Mariners.
He added: “The really pleasing thing about our points haul is that we know we’re not the finished article and have got lots of learning to do.
“We’ve got to remember that this squad is not an experienced one. We’ve got a couple of older heads but there are a lot of younger bodies in there.
“It isn’t an experienced bunch but they are a great group of lads and they’re willing to listen and learn.
“I’m really confident that we’ll improve as we go.”
Shields are expected to be backed by a strong contingent of travelling supporters at the Flamingo Land Stadium, with several coaches having been fully-booked well in advance of the fixture.
Fenton said: “Bank Holiday Monday is always a great occasion for away supporters, wherever it might be.
“We’re looking forward to seeing them down there and hopefully they can cheer us on to another three points.”
Shields are hoping defender Jon Shaw will be available for the 3pm kick-off, but they remain without teenage prospect Joao Gomes as he continues his recovery from a knee injury.
Supporters are advised that the turnstiles at the Flamingo Land Stadium will open at 1.30pm. Fans are advised to arrive as early as possible to avoid queues.
Those who wish to be seated during the game are strongly advised to book a ticket in advance by clicking here.
Admission prices are £12 for adults, £7 concessions (those aged 65+, students and members of the armed forces), £5 for those aged 12 to 17 and £2 for children aged 11 and under. Supporters can pay at the turnstiles.
There are 200 free car parking spaces located at Scarborough Sports Village (YO11 2JW), which is adjacent to the ground.
The club would like to thank all supporters who are making the journey for their tremendous support. We can’t wait to see (and hear!) you there.