Match Preview: South Shields vs North Ferriby United, Buildbase FA Trophy
Graham Fenton says South Shields’ motivation will be higher than ever when they begin their Buildbase FA Trophy campaign on Saturday.
The Mariners are at home to North Ferriby United in the first qualifying round of the competition.
Shields lost in the second qualifying round a year ago, and their defeat at Stafford Rangers still leaves a sour taste among players and staff.
They are looking to put things right in this season’s competition.
Joint manager Fenton said: “It goes without saying that we want to go far in this competition, having been knocked out by Stafford Rangers a year ago.
“That defeat left a bitter taste for us because we knew we should have been so much better than we were on the day, and we don’t want to experience a similar feeling this time around.”
Shields and North Ferriby both play in the Evo-Stik Premier Division, and faced each other at Ferriby in August.
The home side handed out a 3-0 drubbing to the Mariners in what remains their only league victory of the campaign.
Ferriby recently sacked their management team and appointed club legend Paul Foot as manager.
Fenton is expecting them to come to Mariners Park with great determination, but insists Shields have their own point to prove.
He added: “Credit to North Ferriby for beating us that day, but our own performance is one we’ll be looking for a huge improvement on tomorrow.
“We brought it up in the changing room after Tuesday’s game against West Auckland Tunns, because we really want to right that wrong from a few weeks ago.
“We know how disappointing we were on the day and we can’t afford anything similar this afternoon.
“Ferriby now have a new manager in place and I’m sure they’ll come here with a lot of fight, spirit and determination to show him what they can do.
“It’s certainly not going to be an easy match, but we have to show much higher levels than we did at Ferriby in the league and if we do that, hopefully we’ll get a positive result.”
Carl Finnigan will miss out on Saturday as he starts his two-match suspension.
Shields remain without long-term injured trio Gavin Cogdon, Barrie Smith and Anthony Callaghan, while Gary Brown and Ethan Biwer could also be doubts after limping out of Tuesday’s 11-0 win over West Auckland Tunns.
Kick-off is at 3pm and admission prices – which can be paid at the turnstiles – are £10 for adults, £8 for students and over-65s, and £3 for under-16s.
WORDS: Daniel Prince. IMAGE: Kev Wilson.