Match Preview: South Shields vs Stourbridge, Buildbase FA Trophy
South Shields and Stourbridge will battle it out for the right to host Southport in the first round of the Buildbase FA Trophy when the sides go head-to-head at Mariners Park on Tuesday.
The third qualifying round tie went to a replay after a stoppage time equaliser from Stourbridge on home turf last Tuesday.
Shields had led thanks to a first half Jason Gilchrist strike and were dominant for the first half before the hosts hit back after the break.
Midfielder Nathan Lowe insists that if the Mariners can replicate last week’s first half performance for a longer period this time around, they should be confident about their chances of progressing.
He said: “There were a lot of disappointed lads in the dressing room last Tuesday because it felt like a loss.
“We grafted for 90 minutes and conceded from a long throw, but we have to look at the positives.
“We had a journey of more than five hours and would we have taken a replay beforehand? Probably.
“With the situation of the game, it felt like a loss but we’ve worked hard since then and go into this match in high spirits.”
Lowe wants Shields to be more clinical in front of goal when opportunities arrive on Tuesday.
He added: “We had three clear-cut chances in the first half and we’ve got to finish them.
“My mate (Jason Gilchrist) knows he missed a couple, but he’ll bounce back like we all will.
“We’ve all worked hard over the last week and go into this game with confidence.”
Shields’ superb first half performance at Stourbridge was not matched after the break.
Lowe admits they are searching for more consistency with their performances as they strive to reach the same levels across 90 minutes.
He said: “They were always going to come out and have a go in the second half last week.
“We passed them off the park in the first half, played some really good stuff and cut them open, so they were obviously going to get a bit of a rifle at half-time.
“We just had to continue to play football the way we had been but it was a poor second half performance and we’ve been working hard to put it right.
“We’ve got to put on a performance at Mariners and show everyone what we can do.”
Shields remain without injured duo Luke Daly and Josh Gillies heading into Tuesday’s 7.45pm kick-off at Mariners Park, with Adam Thurston also expected to miss out with an ankle injury.
Admission prices – which can be paid at the turnstiles – are £10 for adults, £8 for students and over-65s, and £3 for under-16s.