Match Preview: South Shields vs Sunderland Under-23s, Durham Challenge Cup

Match Preview: South Shields vs Sunderland Under-23s, Durham Challenge Cup

Cedric Main is set to make his first start for South Shields as the Mariners entertain Sunderland’s Under-23s in the second preliminary round of the Durham Challenge Cup.

Main made his debut for the club as a substitute in Saturday’s league fixture against Buxton, but is set for a starting role in Wednesday’s match at 1st Cloud Arena.

The match will kick-off at 7.30pm, with admission costing £6 for adults, £4 for students, over-65s and disabled supporters, and £2 for under-16s.

Main is part of a strong squad, with midfielders Robert Briggs and Callum Ross among the others in contention to start for the Mariners after missing Saturday’s league defeat to Buxton with COVID-19.

South Shields squad to face Sunderland Under-23s (from): Myles Boney, Aaron Steavens, Blair Adams, Dom Agnew, Jack Bodenham, Dan Martin, Dillon Morse, Harvey Neary, Robert Briggs, Nathan Lowe, Will McGowan, Callum Ross, Blair Rossiter, Sam Hodgson, Alex Kempster, Cedric Main, Ntumba Massanka

Manager Graham Fenton is expecting an entertaining encounter.

He said: “Myself and Jon (Shaw) have seen Sunderland’s Under-23s play on numerous occasions this season and we look forward to seeing what sort of team they’re able to put out after the first-team’s game on Tuesday.

“I’m sure that whichever team they field will provide us with healthy competition and we’re expecting another tough challenge.”

Shields remain without Jordan Hunter (arm), Joao Gomes (knee) and Will Jenkins (leg).

The winners of Wednesday’s game will travel to Crook Town in the first round of the competition.

Kick-off at 1st Cloud Arena is at 7.30pm and admission prices are £6 for adults, £4 for students, over-65s and disabled supporters, and £2 for under-16s. The turnstiles will open at 5.30pm and tickets can be bought in advance by clicking here before 3pm on Wednesday. Cash payments will be accepted at the gates.

Season tickets are not valid for this fixture, but those season ticket holders with a seat in the stand will have their seat reserved for them until 10 minutes after the game begins. Those supporters will simply have to pay their entry price and then take their seat. Any seats which are not taken by 10 minutes into the match will be made available for other fans.

Those who have a season ticket on the balcony will also have a place on the balcony reserved for them, so are asked to bring their season ticket with them to show to security staff at the doors of the balcony.

Meanwhile, Happy Hour prices will apply between 5.30pm and 7pm, when pints of Birra Moretti will be reduced to £3, John Smith’s to £2, Foster’s to £2.50, Strongbow and Dark Fruits to £2.50, and IPA to £2.50, while a small bottle of wine will cost £3 and a house vodka double with gun mixer is £2.50.