Match Preview: South Shields vs Marine, Evo-Stik Premier Division
Marine are the visitors to Mariners Park on Tuesday as South Shields aim to move within four points of Evo-Stik Premier Division leaders Farsley Celtic.
Shields are looking to take advantage of their game in hand on the top two but know they are in for a difficult night against a Marine side which has hit form since the turn of the year.
The Merseysiders won just one of their final 11 matches in 2018 before a dramatic upturn in 2019, winning six of their first eight games in the new year.
They are without a win in their last three, though, so will be eager to return from South Tyneside with a positive result.
Unusually for this time of the season, this is the first meeting between the two clubs, with Shields to make the return trip to Marine later this month.
Joint manager Lee Picton is expecting to come up against difficult opponents as the Mariners look to end a run of three home games without a win.
He said: “Marine have definitely picked up their form, particularly since Christmas.
“We’ve got to play them twice between now and the end of the season so hopefully we can lay a marker down on Tuesday and put in a really strong performance, which may give us a psychological edge when we go to their place.
“It’s an unusual situation for us heading into this game because we’re three without a win at home.
“We desperately want to put that right on Tuesday.”
Shields won 3-1 at Mickleover Sports on Saturday to close the gap on Farsley Celtic and Warrington Town to seven points and five points respectively.
They know the importance of taking advantage of their game in hand.
The Mariners will hope to welcome back Nathan Lowe and Connor Bell after they missed out on the trip to Mickleover.
They are expected to still be without Gary Brown, Carl Finnigan and Barrie Smith, though.
Kick-off at Mariners Park is at 7.45pm and the turnstiles will open at 6pm.
A Happy Hour will be in operation between 6pm and 7pm, with pints of Foster’s, John Smith’s and Strongbow available for £2, and Birra Moretti costing £2.50.
Admission prices – which can be paid at the turnstiles – are £10 for adults, £8 for students and over-65s, and £3 for under-16s.
Those who would like to purchase a 2019-20 season ticket at the match can do so at the former club shop (by the players’ tunnel) on the night. Standing order forms will also be available to collect.
Season ticket holders will also be able to take advantage of a 10% discount on selected items of merchandise at the club shop.