MATCH PREVIEW: Stalybridge Celtic vs South Shields, Evo-Stik Premier Division
South Shields are aiming to register their first away win of the season on Tuesday when they travel to Stalybridge Celtic.
The Mariners are third in the Evo-Stik Premier Division heading into the match after beating Nantwich Town 4-0 on Saturday.
They have won all three of their home games so far but have not yet picked up a point on the road as they adapt to life in a new league.
Their most recent away match was at North Ferriby United last Monday, when Shields were beaten 3-0 on an afternoon they will want to quickly forget.
Joint managers Lee Picton and Graham Fenton were delighted with the response to that loss.
Picton said: “Saturday’s result and performance was much-needed and very satisfying.
“It was the perfect response to what happened on Bank Holiday Monday at North Ferriby, so we were absolutely delighted.
“What happened last Monday hurt Graham and I really, really badly.
“We had lots of conversations and lots of thoughts in the week about how we turn the situation around and how we deal with it.
“We came up with a strategy to do that, and we thanked the players after Saturday’s game for the way they handled the response we gave them during the week, because we had to be truthful, honest and really to the point as to where we went from there and how we deal with things.
“The players were nothing short of fantastic, which culminated in a really strong result and performance for us on Saturday.
“What we have to do now is back it up with an equally strong performance away from home, and hopefully go on a little run.”
Shields’ mixed form away from home stretches back to pre-season, when they were beaten 4-2 at Cleethorpes Town.
Picton is confident they will soon be more successful on their travels.
Tuesday’s game sees them head to Greater Manchester to take on a Stalybridge side which has picked up eight points from their first five games.
Picton added: “Myself and Graham have to put together what we feel is the right strategy for this game.
“We’ve got to not prove to ourselves that we can do it, because we already know we can get results away from home, but we need to maybe learn from the lessons that we were given at North Ferriby and the likes of Cleethorpes, to hopefully adjust our mentality and our tactical focus a little bit to hopefully come up with a different result.”
Shields are without the injured Barrie Smith, Anthony Callaghan and Lee Mason heading into Tuesday’s 7.45pm kick-off.
IMAGE: Kev Wilson.