Match Preview: South Shields vs Chester-le-Street Town
South Shields are looking to make it 18 wins in a row when they host Chester-le-Street Town in Northern League Division One on Saturday.
The match at Mariners Park kicks off at 3pm, with the home side aiming to cut North Shields’ lead at the top of the table to eight points. This is one of the Mariners’ three games in hand.
Shields and Chester-le-Street were promoted together from Division Two last season, but have had contrasting campaigns this time out.
While the Mariners sit second in the table, the Cestrians are bottom on 15 points.
Chester-le-Street have shown their ability over recent weeks, pulling off a shock 2-1 win over Shildon and forcing North Shields to a penalty shoot-out in a League Cup tie.
The two teams last met in August, with the Mariners running out 6-0 winners at Chester Moor.
The club would be delighted to see yet another strong support at Mariners Park for what is a very important game. Admission prices are £6 for adults, £4 for students and over-65s, and £2 for under-16s. Admission is paid for at the turnstiles on the day of the game.
August 27, 2016 – Northern League Division One, Chester Moor
Chester-le-Street Town 0 South Shields 6 (Shaw 17, 36, Finnigan 37, Palmer 41, Danny Carson 71, Briggs 79).
SOUTH SHIELDS: Carmichael, Smith, Arca (Byrne 62), Storey, Clark, Danny Carson, David Carson (Briggs 51), Scroggins (c), Shaw, Palmer, Foley (Finnigan 8). Subs not used: Elliott, Baxter.
Last six games (in all competitions)
South Shields: WWWWWW (Overall league position: 2nd, 71 points from 29 games)
Chester-le-Street: LLLLDW (Overall league position: 22nd, 15 points from 30 games)
THOUGHTS AHEAD OF THE GAME
Graham Fenton, South Shields joint manager: “I spoke to the North Shields lads after they played Chester-le-Street in the cup game last month, where they were fortunate to go through on penalties. They said they caused them a few problems on that night, so we’ll have to be at it. We’re looking forward to being back at Mariners Park on a pitch that hopefully won’t be as boggy or as difficult to play on as Wednesday’s at Newcastle Benfield. We just have to go into it with the same mentality we’ve had recently, and hopefully we’ll pick the three points up.”
South Shields will remain without captain Leepaul Scroggins as he continues his recovery from a broken leg. Barrie Smith will also miss out with a hamstring injury picked up in Wednesday’s League Cup win at Newcastle Benfield. Gavin Cogdon is available again, but Iulian Petrache remains suspended for the Mariners.
Below is the front cover of the programme for the game, featuring David Foley. The programme can be bought just inside the turnstiles on matchday.