Match Preview: South Shields vs Nantwich Town, BetVictor Northern Premier Division
Two of the BetVictor Northern Premier Division’s top five go head-to-head at Mariners Park on Saturday as South Shields take on Nantwich Town.
League leaders Shields go into the game nine points ahead of their opponents, who have played one match less.
A win would therefore be a huge boost for the Mariners as they aim to end a sequence of three league games without a win.
Joint manager Graham Fenton felt Shields were unfortunate not to come away from Tuesday’s derby trip to Morpeth Town with maximum points.
Jason Gilchrist deservedly put Shields ahead 10 minutes into the second half before Carl Finnigan equalised with 11 minutes remaining to earn the Highwaymen a share of the spoils.
The result may not have been what the Mariners desired but the performance certainly was, and Fenton says they take great confidence from it into Saturday’s match.
He said: “We know this game will be another tough test because Nantwich are in fine form.
“It’s always a competitive match against them and with their own free-flowing style of football I’m sure they will provide us with a few problems on the day.
“That said, we go into the game buoyant after the much-improved performance on Tuesday and are confident we will also provide them with lots of problems.”
After a run of three consecutive away fixtures, Fenton is pleased to be back on home soil on Saturday.
He is particularly looking forward to seeing his side play on a surface they are so accustomed to.
He added: “Some of the football played on a less than ideal pitch on Tuesday was fantastic to watch and hopefully that will give the players huge confidence, particularly back here at Mariners Park on a much better surface.
“Now we’re back at home, we need to get back to playing the style of football which we feel is and has been so productive and entertaining over the last few seasons.”
Shields remain without the injured Luke Daly, Ross Coombe, Blair Adams and Jon Shaw.
Kick-off at Mariners Park is at 3pm and admission – which can be paid at the turnstiles – is £10 for adults, £8 for students and over-65s, and £3 for under-16s.
Discounted tickets can be bought before midnight on Friday by clicking here.
The turnstiles will open at 12.30pm and the usual Happy Hours will be in operation between 12.30pm and 1.30pm, and from 5pm to 6pm.