Match Preview: South Shields vs Workington, Evo-Stik Premier Division

South Shields will look to end 2018 on a high when they host Workington in their final game of the calendar year on Saturday.

The Mariners go into the match in confident mood after their excellent 3-1 win at Scarborough Athletic on Boxing Day.

The game gives fifth-placed Shields an opportunity to close the gap on some of those above them, with Nantwich Town and Scarborough Athletic not in action.

Joint manager Lee Picton is urging his side to make a quick start at Mariners Park as Shields prepare for a double-header, with a home game against North Ferriby United to follow on New Year’s Day.

He said: “We’ve got to take all the positives we possibly can from the Scarborough game psychologically and really use it as a springboard going into the next two games at home.

“We’ve got to come out of the traps really quickly and lay our marker down.

“If we can get to our usual levels at home there’s a really good chance we can win the game against Workington, and then we’ll move onto the North Ferriby game.”

Shields will come up against the Evo-Stik Premier Division’s bottom two teams in the next two games.

However, Picton insists that victories cannot be taken for granted as the Mariners look to continue their 100% home record in the league.

He added: “We’ve been in this league long enough to know that the second you start assuming things and basing your mindset on where your opponents lie in the table is the second that you’ll fall flat on your backside.

“There’s zero room for it because of the situation that we’re in.

“We’re not where we wanted to be at this stage of this season.

“We’re not too far off, but we’re not where we’re wanted to be and we’re still playing catch-up against the likes of Warrington, Farsley and Nantwich.

“We’ve got to keep our foot pushed to the floor as hard as possible and that starts with the game against Workington.”

Shields will be without long-term injured duo Barrie Smith and Anthony Callaghan for the 3pm kick-off at Mariners Park.

Admission – which can be paid at the turnstiles – is £10 for adults, £8 for students and over-65s, and £3 for under-16s.