Match Preview: South Shields vs FC United, The Pitching In Northern Premier League

Match Preview: South Shields vs FC United, The Pitching In Northern Premier League

South Shields face FC United of Manchester on Tuesday as they bid to maintain their 100% start in the Pitching In Northern Premier League.

The Mariners have won their opening three league fixtures heading into the 7.45pm kick-off at 1st Cloud Arena.

Their latest victory came at Witton Albion on Saturday, with Blair Adams continuing his excellent scoring streak by notching the only goal of the game. It was his third goal in as many matches.

Tuesday’s match will see Shields come up against an FC United side which has begun the campaign with a win, a draw and a defeat in a difficult set of fixtures.

The last meeting between the sides was in October 2020, with Josh Gillies scoring the Mariners’ winner in a 1-0 victory just weeks before the season was curtailed.

They also faced each other in a memorable encounter in March 2020 which Shields won 5-3 in front of a crowd of more than 3,200 at 1st Cloud Arena. It proved to be the final game of the 2019-20 season before the first lockdown forced football to be halted.

Another big attendance is expected on Tuesday as two of the best-supported clubs in the Pitching In Northern Premier League go head-to-head.

Shields manager Graham Fenton feels the fans could play a major part in what is expected to be a closely-fought match.

He said: “Seeing crowds back in such big numbers has been one of the highlights of the start to the season.

“The fans make such a huge impact at all levels of the game and it has been fantastic to welcome ours back because they are always so supportive of the team.

“I’m sure the players will need our supporters’ help on occasions during the game to spur them on to what we hope will be a fourth consecutive victory.”

Fenton is expecting Neil Reynolds’ FC United to provide a stern test for Shields.

However the game goes, though, he is sure it will be an entertaining watch.

He added: “To have three wins out of three is great but we know we’re going to have a very tough game against FC United.

“It will be a different game and we might not dominate the ball as much as we did on Saturday at Witton Albion, but we’re looking to go for another win.

“I’m sure it will be an entertaining spectacle as both teams play football in the right manner.

“We’re fully expecting FC United to play expansive and attractive football.

“They will provide a test that is different to what we’ve faced so far this season and it will be really interesting to see how we deal with their brand of football, and also impose our style and steel to cause issues for their players to deal with.”

Shields are expected to be without defender Jon Shaw after he sustained a groin injury in Saturday’s 1-0 win at Witton Albion.

Cash turnstiles will be in operation, with admission priced at £10 for adults, £8 for students and over-65s, and £3 for under-16s. Tickets will be available to purchase in advance until 4pm on Tuesday by clicking here.

Supporters are encouraged to make use of turnstiles 3, 4, 5 and 6 to ease queuing at the first turnstiles.

The match will kick-off at 7.45pm and the turnstiles open at 5.30pm.