Match Preview: South Shields vs Coleshill Town – second leg
South Shields and Coleshill Town lock horns again on Saturday as they do battle for a place at Wembley in the Buildbase FA Vase final.
The Mariners hold a 2-1 lead from the first leg, thanks to goals from David Foley and Andrew Stephenson last Saturday.
They will be backed by a Mariners Park record attendance as they aim to reach Wembley for the first time in the club’s history. Kick-off is at 3pm.
Despite the one-goal advantage, joint manager Lee Picton insists there is no danger of complacency from Shields.
He said: “I don’t think there will be any complacency going into the second leg.
“There shouldn’t be, because Coleshill caused us problems last week.
“If we had come away with a two or three-goal lead, there might have been a bit of complacency, but there shouldn’t be any whatsoever in this situation.”
Among those desperate to make it to Wembley for the first time in their career is Julio Arca.
Despite many years spent in the Premier League with Sunderland and Middlesbrough, the Argentinean has never been fortunate enough to make it onto the hallowed turf at the national stadium.
He said: “It’s massive for me and massive for the club.
“We’re so close to making history for the club, and everyone knows that.
“You could tell that we were under pressure a little bit last weekend.
“We showed some nerves at the beginning, but it’s normal.
“At this stage of a competition like this you will feel the nerves.
“This week, we’re playing at home and are going to have a lot of fans coming to support us.
“We need to start the game a lot better and I’m sure if we do that we’ll be all right.”
The Mariners will be without the cup-tied Anthony Callaghan, but Darren Holden is available again after recovering from a hamstring injury.
Tickets for the game are sold out.
The turnstiles will open at 11am, while the ground will remain open until midnight.
Drinks deals will be in operation between 11am and 1pm, and 5pm and 7pm. During those times, pints of Birra Moretti will be £2.80, while Foster’s and John Smith’s will be £2.40 and £2.20 respectively. Two bottles of Old Mout will be available for £5.50.
Mariners Park will be open long after the final whistle, with entertainment to be provided by former X Factor contestant Stevie Tennet pictured from 8pm.