Match Preview: South Shields vs Whitley Bay – Non-League Day
South Shields take on Whitley Bay on Saturday as Non-League Day is celebrated at Mariners Park.
The Northern League Division One encounter is a rematch of last month’s reverse fixture at Hillheads, which resulted in a 3-3 draw.
The Mariners will be aiming for a fourth consecutive win, which would have the potential to send them top of the table.
Whitley Bay, though, are one of just three unbeaten sides in the league, and have taken points from Shildon and North Shields as well as the Mariners so far.
With Premier League and Championship clubs off-duty because of the international break, it is hoped that there will be a healthy crowd at Mariners Park for the visit of the North Tynesiders.
Fans have been encouraged to wear fancy dress – there will be a prize for the best costume – while there will be a dizzy penalties competition at half-time.
Funds will also be raised for Prostate Cancer UK, which is the official charity of Non-League Day.
For Shields manager Jon King, though, the main focus is on the pitch, where he is expecting a difficult game.
Bay struck a stoppage time equaliser to snatch a point against the Mariners a fortnight ago.
King said: “That was two points dropped, because they scored in the 92nd minute.
“It’s going to be another tough game, but if we had the personnel then that we do now, I don’t think we’d have dropped those points.
“Whitley Bay are a good team who are up there in the table and have had some excellent results so far.
“They’ve got four good forward players who we’ll have to be on our guard against.”
Carl Finnigan and Ben Clark are in contention to make their home debuts for Shields, while David Foley (groin) and Gavin Cogdon (hamstring) are doubtful.
Kick-off at Mariners Park is at 3pm, and the club would very much appreciate your support at the game.
Admission prices – to be paid at the turnstiles – are £6 for adults, £4 for over-65s and £2 for under-16s.