Match Preview: South Shields vs Esh Winning

Match Preview: South Shields vs Esh Winning

South Shields host relegation-threatened Esh Winning on Saturday as they look to make it six league victories in a row (3pm kick-off).

The Mariners had a free midweek following a hectic run of games, with their last outing being their 4-0 win at Ryton & Crawcrook Albion last Saturday.

Esh Winning are second-bottom of Ebac Northern League Division Two, but their form has picked up since the appointment of Keith Brown as manager, and they are now in touch with the teams directly above them.

Shields’ lead at the top has been cut to six points by Billingham Synthonia, but the Mariners have two games in hand.

Ryhope are third, eight points behind Shields with one match in hand.

ADMISSION

The club would be delighted to see yet another strong support at Mariners Park for what is an important game. Admission prices are £5 for adults, £3 for students and over-65s, and £1 for under-16s. Admission is paid for at the turnstiles on the day of the game.

LAST MEETING

October 17, 2015 – Ebac Northern League Division Two, West Terrace

Esh Winning 0 South Shields 4 (Teasdale 1, 19, Riding 13, Arca 79). Attendance: 203.

SOUTH SHIELDS: Pocklington, Smith, Curry, Hall, Riding, Arca, Sakr (Foley 46), Scroggins (c) (Wightman 77), Bulford (Byrne 70), Teasdale, Phillips. Subs not used: Young, Turner.

FORM GUIDE

Last six games (in all competitions)

South Shields: WDWLWW (Overall league position: 1st, 71 points from 29 games)

Esh Winning: LLDDLW (Overall league position: 21st, 17 points from 29 games)

HOSPITALITY

Hospitality packages are available for this game, with among the benefits a delicious three-course meal, a free drink at the bar, a complimentary programme and a man of the match presentation. For all of the details, click here.

THOUGHTS AHEAD OF THE GAME

Jon King, South Shields manager: “I got to know (Esh Winning manager) Keith Brown over the last couple of years while we were in Peterlee, because he was heavily involved in the facilities at Eden Lane, and he’s a good lad. I’ve helped him with a few players over the last few weeks, and they seem to have turned the corner. They lost Ryan Noble recently, but they have some good players in their ranks and will be tough to beat. Keith has done a good job since taking over and they’ve had some decent results. We will need to be mentally right, but if we do play to our potential, it’s a game that we should win. It will be good to see Chris Locke, because he is now with Esh Winning. He’s a really good lad who did very well for us in the two years he had at the club. He was our captain last season and his contribution hasn’t been forgotten. He was a really good signing for us.”

Leepaul Scroggins, South Shields captain: “It doesn’t matter whether a team is at the top or the bottom of the league, they always make it difficult. Sometimes it’s actually easier to play against the teams at the top, because they look for the result more. They come out and allow us to play more, whereas teams at the bottom and looking to survive sit back more and try to frustrate us. We’ve fallen into a couple of traps this season, against the likes of Billingham Synthonia. When it’s 0-0, it does become edgy sometimes. You have to break them down, but you need to be patient in doing that. We’ll be aiming to come out of the blocks quickly and get an early goal, because that would force them to change their gameplan. If it doesn’t go our way early on, we’ll have to bide our time.”

PROGRAMME

Below is the front cover of the programme for the game, featuring Mariners chairman Geoff Thompson, who is interviewed inside. The programme can be bought just inside the turnstiles on matchday.

The Mariner 32 Esh Winning COVER