Match Preview: South Shields vs York City, Emirates FA Cup
Mariners Park is set to host one of its biggest-ever games on Saturday as South Shields take on York City in the third qualifying round of the Emirates FA Cup.
It is just the second time the Mariners have competed at this stage of the competition since reforming in 1974.
Just as they did in the previous round against Darlington, they will be hoping to overcome a two-division gap to beat their National League North opponents.
All home tickets for the game have sold out, so it is sure to be a red-hot atmosphere as Shields aim to upset the odds again.
For the first time in the history of the FA Cup, the reigning champions of the FA Vase and FA Trophy will go head-to-head, with both having won at Wembley on Non-League Finals Day in May.
Kick-off is at 3pm.
WHAT WE’RE SAYING
SSFC joint manager Graham Fenton said: “It’s going to be a very tough game, but we’re just looking forward to the whole occasion.
“I’m sure Mariners Park will be packed, and we’ve definitely got to start better than we did last Saturday against Clitheroe to give the crowd a lift. Then we’ll be able to feed off each other.
“The onus is on us to get off to a quick start and hopefully have a performance like the one we put in at Darlington.
“It will undoubtedly be a massively tough game, but we’ll go into it with the belief that we can beat them. We’ll respect them, but not fear them.
“It will be another great day for our supporters. Who would have thought a couple of years ago that the club would be playing York City in the FA Cup at Mariners Park?
“It’s another fantastic occasion to look forward to.
“If you go into the game thinking, ‘we’re against a full-time team and have got no chance’, then you will have no chance.
“We will have full belief in ourselves. We’ll have to give it everything we’ve got and reach the same levels as we did against Darlington, if not higher.”
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING
York City manager Gary Mills said: “It will be hostile and a proper cup tie.
“South Shields are a well-supported club and the stadium will be absolutely packed.
“But, whatever the atmosphere or occasion, the most important thing is to get through to the next round.”
We’d like to say a huge thanks to match sponsor Beacon Electrical, man of the match sponsor Henderson Insurance Brokers and programme sponsor CTS for their backing of the game.
The mascots for the game are Sander Littlewood (below left) and Preston Fernandez (below right). Enjoy the day, lads!
All home tickets for this game are sold out, so there will be no cash turnstile in operation. York City supporters will enter the ground through turnstiles three and four (near the 3G pitch entrance), with Shields fans to enter through the first two turnstiles.
If you’re at the game and are feeling lucky, please take part in our new 50/50 raffle! Half of the proceeds will go to the club, and half will go to the winner.
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Please buy a copy of the match programme! Among the features inside are a two-page interview with Craig Baxter, a look back at previous meetings with York City, columns from Graham Fenton and Julio Arca, a reminder of the year drainage at Mariners Park was installed BY HAND, all the latest news from SSFC as well as up-to-date facts and stats, and much more. Below is the front cover.