Match Preview: South Shields vs Scarborough Athletic, The Pitching In Northern Premier League

Match Preview: South Shields vs Scarborough Athletic, The Pitching In Northern Premier League

South Shields begin 2022 with an exciting-looking clash against Scarborough Athletic at 1st Cloud Arena on New Year’s Day (3pm kick-off).

The match will see Shields enter the second half of their league campaign as they look to build on the positives from Monday’s 2-2 draw at Whitby Town.

That result left Graham Fenton’s side fourth in the Pitching In Northern Premier League, five points behind leaders Buxton and with at least a game in hand on all of those sides above them.

Manager’s view

Fenton was encouraged by his side’s showing at Whitby, when two equalisers denied them maximum points after JJ Hooper had twice put Shields in front.

He has now called on the Mariners to build on the positives from that display and start the new year as they mean to go on.

Fenton said: “There were lots of positives on Monday, and it was streets ahead of the performance in our previous game against Hyde so we showed a good progression.

“I couldn’t have asked for any more from the lads. They fought, scrapped, used their bodies well, tackled when needed and really dug in.

“We were in control but we made a mistake and they punished us with some very good interplay and a very good goal from their point of view for the second equaliser.

“We’ve worked on making further improvements this week and we’re aiming to demonstrate those in what we know will be a difficult game against Scarborough.”

Tough opposition

Scarborough are eighth in the table, seven points behind Shields having played a game more.

They are unbeaten in their last three, with impressive 2-0 victories away to promotion hopefuls Bamber Bridge and Warrington Town among that sequence, and Fenton is well aware of the size of the task which awaits his team.

He said: “It’s always tasty against Scarborough and we don’t expect anything different.

“We just want to put on a performance at home which the fans can go away talking about.

“We want it to be enjoyable for them and hopefully we can turn the point from Monday into three points on Saturday.”

Scarborough and Shields were promoted together to this division in 2017-18 and have met eight times since the beginning of that season. Shields have won six of those meetings, with one draw and one victory for Scarborough.

Team news

Mitch Rose could make his home debut for Shields in the 3pm kick-off, while Darius Osei returns from his suspension.

Jordan Hunter remains out with a broken arm.

Tickets and matchday information

Kick-off at 1st Cloud Arena is at 3pm and the turnstiles will open at 12.30pm.

Admission is £10 for adults, £8 for students, over-65s and disabled supporters, and £3 for under-16s. Tickets can be purchased in advance – including seats in either of our seated stands – until 12pm on matchday by clicking here. Cash turnstiles will also be in operation.

Happy Hour pricing will operate in each of our bars from 12.30pm to 2pm and 6pm to 7pm, while there will be karaoke and a DJ in the marquee after the game.

Programmes are priced at £2 and feature an in-depth interview with cover star Will Jenkins, columns from Graham Fenton and Blair Adams, an in-depth look at Scarborough Athletic, a catch-up with former Shields star Paul Thompson, all the latest from our Foundation, Academy and Ladies team, and so much more.

Supporters are reminded that no public transport is operating in South Tyneside on New Year’s Day. Please plan your journey in advance. Club sponsor Richmond Taxis offer one option for fans unable to travel by car or foot.

If you are unable to attend the game, follow live updates on the club’s Twitter channel,