Match Preview: South Shields vs Jarrow Roofing
South Shields kick-off their efforts in 2017 with a South Tyneside derby against Jarrow Roofing at Mariners Park on Monday.
The Durham Challenge Cup second round tie will begin at 1pm.
Shields go into it aiming for a 10th consecutive win in all competitions, which would also be an 18th victory in their last 19 games.
Their most recent match was the Boxing Day clash with Penrith, which ended in a 4-1 victory for the Mariners.
Joint manager Lee Picton is hoping for more of the same on Monday.
He said: “We were really satisfied with how things went on Boxing Day.
“Everybody saw how testing the conditions were, and particularly in the second half we played some fantastic stuff. It was a great way to sign off 2016.”
Picton has also paid tribute to the club’s supporters ahead of the Roofing game, after more than 1,200 attended Mariners Park on Boxing Day.
He added: “2016 was a fantastic year for the club, and a large part of that success can be put down to the amazing support we were given from all the fans who came out in their droves, week-in and week-out.
“To get close to 1,250 on Boxing Day, with the conditions as they were, I thought spoke volumes for the support that we enjoy here.
“I hope everyone enjoyed a Merry Christmas and hopefully a Happy New Year.
“We’ll strive as hard as we possibly can to make 2017 as successful as 2016 was. Thanks again to everybody who has supported the club.”
Gavin Cogdon played the final half-hour on Boxing Day after more than two months out with a groin injury.
He is expected to again be available on Monday, while it remains to be seen whether Leepaul Scroggins or Barrie Smith will be well enough after missing out against Penrith with illness.
Kick-off at Mariners Park is at 1pm, with admission – to be paid at the turnstiles – costing £6 for adults, £4 for students and over-65s, and £2 for under-16s. Remember, as this is a cup game, season tickets, corporate and junior season passes are not valid.
Meanwhile, former Shields striker Warren Byrne will be presented to the crowd at the game. It will be an opportunity for supporters to show their appreciation for a player who played a key role in last season’s Northern League Division Two title win, scoring 31 goals. It was this week announced that he had left the club by mutual consent.
Below is the front cover of the programme for the Jarrow Roofing match: