Match Preview: South Shields vs Hyde United
South Shields will bid to extend their 100% start to the season when Hyde United visit Mariners Park on Saturday.
The Mariners climbed to the top of the early BetVictor Northern Premier League Premier Division table on Tuesday with an impressive 3-0 win over Ashton United, which followed up their opening day victory at Radcliffe.
They are now set to come up against a Hyde side which has won one and lost one so far, with their most recent outing seeing them win 2-1 at FC United on Tuesday.
Shields are set to be without a number of key players on Saturday.
The club’s appeal against the red card picked up by Jason Gilchrist in the season opener at Radcliffe was unsuccessful and he will begin his three-match suspension against Hyde.
Also ruled out of the game are Blair Adams (groin), Craig Baxter (hernia), Jon Shaw (hamstring), Luke Daly (knee) and David Foley (groin), while Adam Thurston’s fitness will be assessed on the day of the match.
Shields will have to make full use of their squad as they look to build on the performance which saw them defeat Ashton on Tuesday.
Joint manager Graham Fenton said: “We were really happy with Tuesday.
“There was lots to pick from it and lots to learn.
“We said to the lads afterwards that we’re winning while we’re learning, which is a major positive.
“It was magnificent to be back at home and we got off to a positive start.
“We want to make this place a fortress now as we have over the last few years.”
Lee Connelly could make his debut for the Mariners after joining on a 28-day loan from Sunderland earlier in the week.
Shields are expecting a difficult battle against Hyde.
Fenton added: “It’s always tough against Hyde.
“They are well-organised and particularly dangerous from set-pieces.
“They have lots of different set-piece routines which we’ll have to be on our toes for.
“We’ve had some tight games against them in the past, but we’re looking forward to the challenge and have got ourselves as prepared as possible.”
Kick-off at Mariners Park on Saturday 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 are available from the club’s website until midnight on Friday.
The turnstiles will open at 12pm and there will be Happy Hours between 12.30pm and 1.30pm, and from 5pm to 6pm.