Match Preview: South Shields vs Glossop North End, Evo-Stik North
South Shields go into Tuesday’s game against Glossop North End at Mariners Park knowing just a point would be enough to secure their promotion to the Evo-Stik Premier Division.
The Mariners are hoping a bumper crowd will be in attendance to cheer the team on as they attempt to tick off their primary target for the season.
The situation surrounding promotion – and why Shields are just a point away from securing it – can be read by clicking here.
They are certainly not taking anything for granted against Glossop, though, having been given a tough test by the Lancashire side in the reverse fixture in March. The Mariners went on to win that game 3-1.
Ahead of the match, Shields joint manager Graham Fenton has praised his players for the commitment they have shown this season.
He said: “The players put so much time and effort in for the football club in terms of travelling all around the north of England, leaving their jobs early when they need to, jumping off a bus and then hearing everyone presuming that they’re guaranteed three points.
“It’s not like that.
“Football is a tough game and you have to be on top of things physically and mentally all the time.
“Over the course of the season, you have dips physically and mentally, and at the moment our lads have shown that they’re probably physically and mentally tougher and stronger than anyone else in the league.”
Glossop go into Tuesday’s match sitting 10th in the table and with a chance of making the play-offs.
On the test they will present at Mariners Park, Fenton added: “They like to play out from the back, and their big centre-back is a good player who is tidy on the ball and takes chances.
“It’s not long since we played against them in really difficult conditions at their place.
“If the weather forecast is right, I think it will be really different this time.
“It will be a nice evening at Mariners Park and hopefully we can achieve a positive result.”
After a superb atmosphere was generated at the ground during Saturday’s win over Colwyn Bay, Fenton is hoping for more of the same.
He said: “It’s always nice if you can gain promotion at home instead of away.
“Hopefully we can put on a really good performance in front of the supporters again.
“I’d like to thank them for Saturday, too, because they were magnificent.
“They supported us really well and seemed to really enjoy watching the football in the first half, and then they stayed with us in the second half when perhaps we weren’t on top of our game and just managing it to see it through.”
Shields will be without Barrie Smith and Anthony Callaghan for the 7.45pm kick-off, and there is a doubt over Matty Pattison.
Admission – to be paid at the turnstiles – is £8 for adults, £6 for students and over-65s, and £2 for under-16s.
WORDS: Daniel Prince. IMAGE: Kev Wilson.