Match Preview: South Shields vs Grantham Town, BetVictor Northern Premier Division
South Shields are aiming to get back to winning ways on Saturday when they take on Grantham Town at Mariners Park (3pm kick-off).
The Mariners take a seven-point lead at the top of the BetVictor Northern Premier Division into the fixture, but lost 3-1 at Witton Albion last time out as their eight-match winning run in the league was brought to an end.
Joint manager Graham Fenton is expecting a strong response from his players in front of what is expected to be a big crowd.
He knows, though, that the 12th-placed visitors will pose a significant threat.
He said: “We’re looking for a reaction to last Saturday’s match and whenever we’ve asked for a reaction in the past, the lads have generally obliged with a strong performance.
“As this league constantly proves, once you drop your standards for a moment any team can beat you, and Witton were clinical against us.
“Just looking on paper at Grantham’s season so far, their home form has definitely been much stronger than their away form.
“In saying that, there will be absolutely no complacency at our end and we foresee another tough Northern Premier League game as always.
“Grantham have scored plenty of goals so far, which we have to give them credit for and be wary of their offensive threats.
“They have also conceded quite a few goals and we will be looking to exploit any weaknesses they have.”
One player who will not be available, though, is forward Millenic Alli after he joined Workington on a month-long loan.
Shields are hoping captain Jon Shaw and forward Lee Mason will be in contention for starts tomorrow after recovering from injury and illness respectively, although Josh Gillies (groin) and Luke Daly (knee) remain out.
Kick-off at Mariners Park is at 3pm and admission – which can be paid at the turnstiles – is £10 for adults, £8 for students and over-65s, and £3 for under-16s.
Discounted tickets can be bought until midnight on Friday by clicking here.
Supporters are encouraged to stay behind after the match to be entertained by singer Jon Page in the marquee. His performance will begin at 5pm.
Meanwhile, the usual Happy Hours will be in operation from 12.30pm until 1.30pm and from 5pm to 6pm.
Join us for what promises to be another great day at Mariners Park.