Match Preview: South Shields vs Lancaster City, The Pitching In Northern Premier League
South Shields welcome Lancaster City to 1st Cloud Arena on Tuesday – with manager Graham Fenton saying they head into the game with a “spring in their step”.
The Mariners have won eight and drawn two of their 10 league games so far to establish a two-point lead at the top of the Pitching In Northern Premier League.
Saturday’s 3-2 victory over Warrington Town was another impressive one against notoriously difficult opponents, despite the Yellows clawing two goals back from a 3-0 deficit in the second half.
The late nerves Shields experienced in that match were a reminder of the improvements Fenton is seeking from his side, but the positives undoubtedly far outweigh the negatives as they prepare for another home fixture on Tuesday.
The manager said: “It was a really pleasing performance for the most part on Saturday.
“There were a couple of little bits of sloppiness to let them in and they were clinical with their chances, whereas we were a little wasteful with ours.
“On the whole, though, it was a very pleasing performance and we head into the Lancaster game with a real spring in our step.”
Lancaster started the season in excellent form and were among the early pace-setters before a run of four league games without a win.
They ended that sequence with a 3-2 victory over Ashton United on Saturday but then suffered a blow when the league’s top goalscorer, Sam Fishburn, was recalled from his loan spell by Carlisle United.
Despite the Dolly Blues now being without the marksman, Fenton knows the kind of task which awaits his side.
He added: “Lancaster are always difficult to play against and have some decent players, particularly at the top end of the pitch.
“We know they’ve lost Fishburn but they’ll undoubtedly continue to be a real threat, so we’ll have to be on good form again.
“We’ve put a plan together to try to get another three points and hope to entertain the fans with an ultimately winning performance.”
Shields will continue to be without captain Blair Adams, right-back Jordan Hunter and midfielder Joao Gomes in Tuesday’s match.
Kick-off at 1st Cloud Arena is at 7.45pm and admission prices are £10 for adults, £8 for students, over-65s and disabled supporters, and £3 for under-16s.
Tickets will be available until 3pm by clicking here but cash turnstiles will also be in operation on matchday. Supporters are advised, though, that it will be cash payments only at the turnstiles, which open at 5.30pm.