Match Preview: South Shields vs Morpeth Town, The Pitching In Northern Premier League
Morpeth Town are the visitors to 1st Cloud Arena on Tuesday for what is an eagerly-awaited derby clash in the Pitching In Northern Premier League.
The Mariners go into it looking to end a run of three games without a win and know they face a difficult task against a Morpeth side unbeaten in seven in all competitions since Craig Lynch took over as caretaker manager in September.
Shields, sitting second in the table, still enjoy an 18-point advantage over their neighbours heading into Tuesday’s match, with a big crowd expected to cheer them on.
Tickets for the game are available by clicking here and supporters will also be able to pay for entry at the turnstiles, where it will be cash admission only.
Manager Graham Fenton is expecting a “feisty” encounter, and has told his Mariners players that composure will be key.
He said: “We know it’s going to be tough against a Morpeth side which have been doing well recently.
“They will have frustration from how they started the season, but they seem to have turned a corner in terms of results and we know how difficult a task we have on our hands.
“Derby games are usually competitive and feisty affairs, and I don’t see why this one will be any different.
“It will come down to the team that can compete the best and ultimately show the quality and composure needed at the right times to get the right side of the line. We’ll be trying our best to make sure that it’s us. ”
Although disappointed by Shields’ 1-0 defeat to Basford United on Saturday, Fenton took positives from the performance of his players and feels they are in good shape to find some form.
He added: “Hopefully the supporters who came on Saturday saw that the lads put a shift in and put a lot of energy into that game.
“There were some real improvements from the previous two performances, but ultimately we fell short in terms of a lack of quality at the top end.
“We’ll be giving it everything on Tuesday to find that bit of extra quality.”
Shields remain without Joao Gomes (knee), Will Jenkins (leg) and Jordan Hunter (arm), with Ntumba Massanka also unavailable as he serves the second match of a three-game suspension.
Kick-off at 1st Cloud Arena on Tuesday is at 7.45pm and admission prices are £10 for adults, £8 for students, over-65s and disabled supporters, and £3 for under-16s. Cash turnstiles will be in operation but tickets can be bought in advance by clicking here.