Match Preview: Tadcaster Albion vs South Shields, Integro Cup
South Shields’ involvement in this season’s Integro Cup begins on Tuesday with a trip to Tadcaster Albion.
The Mariners go into the match looking to build momentum following Saturday’s 2-1 win at previously unbeaten Matlock Town in the league.
They are in good shape in the league, having picked up 13 points from their first six games.
Shields will now be looking to avoid falling at the first hurdle in a competition they reached the semi-final of two seasons ago.
Tadcaster are seventh in the BetVictor NPL North West Division after winning 10 points from their first five matches, and have proved to be difficult opponents for the Mariners in the past.
Shields are expected to make some changes for the game, but joint manager Graham Fenton insists the match will be taken seriously and a strong side will take to the field.
He said: “We talked after Saturday’s game about gaining momentum.
“We’ve had to chop and change a lot so far this season because of injuries and suspensions, but this provides us with a chance to get a bit of momentum.
“I’d imagine there will be a few changes but will it be wholesale? No.
“We want to try to keep some momentum.
“We’re in a good place in the league and rolled our sleeves up on Saturday after the disappointment in the FA Cup.
“We want to continue that momentum into the coming games and see where it takes us.”
Matlock were unbeaten heading into Saturday’s encounter with Shields and despite a late rally from the hosts, the Mariners were deserved winners thanks to goals from Jon Shaw and Robert Briggs.
It was a victory and performance which drew much praise from Fenton.
He added: “It was hugely satisfying.
“Make no mistake about it, everyone was hurting from last Tuesday’s defeat at Colne and the players came back with a huge response.
“Fair play to Matlock because they made a real game of it in the last 20 minutes and threw the kitchen sink at it, but we dominated for the first 70 minutes or so.
“We looked good, strong, organised and always had a threat.
“Everyone played their part, rolled their sleeves up when needed and played some good football when they could.
“It was another fantastic away performance and we were delighted with the win.”
Shields are hoping to welcome back David Foley after he missed the last two games due to holiday commitments.
They will remain without Luke Daly (knee) and Nathan Lowe (calf).
Kick-off in Tuesday’s match – which is taking place at i2i Stadium (LS24 9AY) – is at 7.45pm.