Match Preview: South Shields vs Ashton United, Pitching In Northern Premier League
South Shields return to league action on Tuesday as they welcome Ashton United to 1st Cloud Arena.
The Mariners lead the Pitching In Northern Premier League on goal difference after picking up five wins and a draw in their opening six games. They continued their impressive run of results with a 3-1 victory at Shildon in the Emirates FA Cup on Saturday.
Tuesday’s game will see Shields come up against an Ashton team which has endured a difficult start to the campaign after winning just one of their first six league matches and suffering FA Cup elimination at the hands of Hebburn Town on Saturday.
The Robins will be looking for a reaction after their 1-0 defeat to a side in the division below, but Shields manager Graham Fenton says he is expecting similar emotions from his own players after what he felt was a mixed performance against Shildon.
He said: “It’s going to be a difficult game against Ashton.
“They beat us the last time we played them and they’ll be smarting after their defeat on Saturday.
“They’ll be disappointed and want to come back fighting, but our mentality is that we were so disappointed with our performance on Saturday and we want to come back fighting ourselves.
“Yes we got through in the competition but we have to up our levels and show our disappointment in a positive way, which is by putting on a much better performance.”
The Mariners go into Tuesday’s game without Nathan Lowe (knee), Callum Ross (ankle) and Joao Gomes (knee).
Kick-off at 1st Cloud Arena is at 7.45pm and admission prices are £10 for adults, £8 for students, over-65s and disabled supporters, and £3 for under-16s.
Cash turnstiles will be in operation and the ground will open at 5.30pm.
Tickets can be bought in advance until 3pm on Tuesday by clicking here.
Supporters are advised that there is no facility to pay by card at the turnstiles, so those not planning to carry cash should buy a ticket in advance.
Meanwhile, new stock for the club shop has arrived in time for the game. Visit the shop – located by the players’ tunnel – to check out new caps, Nike polo shirts, and home and away replica strips in new sizes.