Match Preview: South Shields vs Marske United – FA Vase
South Shields welcome Marske United to Mariners Park on Saturday as the Northern League Division One clubs battle it out for a place in the third round of the Buildbase FA Vase.
The 3pm kick-off is a huge match for both teams, who met on the opening day of the season in the FA Cup.
Marske ran out 3-1 winners on that occasion, and also hosted the Mariners in the league a month later as the sides played out a 0-0 draw.
Shields go into Saturday’s game on the back of a frustrating 1-0 home loss to North Shields in the league last Saturday.
However, while they have 21 league fixtures left to put that right, they know there are no second chances in the FA Vase.
Marske are fifth in Division One, and were runners-up in the league last season, while they won the title the year before.
They are certain to provide the Mariners with a stern test on Saturday, something Shields joint manager Lee Picton acknowledges.
He said: “We’ve played Marske twice already this season, and know what they’re all about.
“In both games against them, particularly the second one, we were unlucky not to come out on top, but they are a good side and will be tough to beat again,
“My over-riding wish and desire is to give the home fans a real performance on Saturday and ensure we get through to the next round.
“The sign of any good team is that, after a setback, they react in a positive way. That’s exactly what we’re looking for this Saturday.”
Picton won the FA Vase as a player with Whitley Bay in 2009 and 2010, while fellow joint manager Graham Fenton was in charge of North Shields for their 2015 triumph in the competition.
Picton added: “The Vase is a special competition for me personally. It’s one that brought me some of my best memories in football as a player.
“I hope that come the end of the season, we can give not only the players in our dressing room, but also the fans, similar types of memories to look back on.
“We can’t look that far ahead, though, because it’s a long way away and we need to beat Marske first, which will be difficult.”
Shields go into Saturday’s game without the injured Louis Storey (leg), Gavin Cogdon (groin), Leepaul Scroggins (knee) and Anthony Callaghan (cup-tied).
Kick-off is at 3pm and admission prices – to be paid at the turnstiles – are £6 for adults, £4 for students and over-65s, and £2 for under-16s. Please note, season tickets, corporate and junior season passes are not valid for this FA competition fixture.
Below is the front cover of the programme for the game.