Match Preview: Stokesley Sports Club vs South Shields

Match Preview: Stokesley Sports Club vs South Shields

Bottom-of-the-table Stokesley Sports Club provide the opposition for South Shields as they aim to get back to winning ways on Saturday.

The Mariners’ nine-match winning run in the league ended on Wednesday when they were beaten 3-2 at Heaton Stannington.

However, Jon King’s side remain within three victories of promotion, and will look to move a step closer on Saturday.

They will certainly not be taking Stokesley lightly, though, despite their position in the table and the fact they have only picked up eight points so far.

That is because one of those points came at Mariners Park in September, when despite huge home pressure, Stokesley scored late on to take a 1-1 draw.

HOW TO GET THERE

The Mariners would greatly appreciate all support at the game, which kicks off at 3pm.

Stokesley play their home games at Stokesley Sports Ground, which is on Broughton Road, Stokesley, and has a post code of TS9 5JQ.

The supporters’ coach to the game is full, but those making their own way face a journey of about 45 miles.

The quickest and easiest way by car is to drive down the A19 to the A1032, in Middlesbrough. Then take the B1365 exit from the A174, and follow that until reaching the A172, in Stokesley. At the roundabout, take the second exit onto the A172, and continue on the B1257 until you reach the ground.

LAST MEETING

September 12, 2015 – Ebac Northern League Division Two, Mariners Park

South Shields 1 (Arca 63) Stokesley Sports Club 1 (Chambers 77). Attendance: 764.

SOUTH SHIELDS: Pocklington, Smith, Curry (Heptinstall 78), Hall, Galpin, Chapim, Briggs, Scroggins (c), Byrne (Thexton 65), Noble, Arca. Subs not used: Young, Riding, Turner.

FORM GUIDE

Last six games (in all competitions)

Stokesley Sports Club: LLLLLD (Overall league position: 22nd, 8 points from 34 games)

South Shields: LWWWLW (Overall league position: 1st, 83 points from 34 games)

THOUGHTS AHEAD OF THE GAME

Mark Scott, South Shields first-team coach: “Earlier in the season, the Stokesley one was an infamous game, really. We’ve just got to put it right. The bottom line is that we need points and we need an up in performance. Although we have done well lately and the run has been good, performances probably haven’t been at their best of late, and maybe that defeat against Heaton Stannington on Wednesday was coming. We need to turn both things around. We need a better performance on Saturday and the three points.”

WORDS: Daniel Prince. IMAGE: Peter Talbot.