Match Preview: Workington vs South Shields, Evo-Stik Premier Division
South Shields joint manager Lee Picton believes his side will have to adapt as they travel to Workington AFC on Tuesday (7.45pm kick-off).
The Mariners are in a rich vein of form in the league,heading into the clash against the Evo-Stik Premier Division’s bottom team on the back of five successive victories.
Despite this, Shields still find themselves trailing league leaders Farsley Celtic by a point, and Picton believes his side will be in for another tough test on the road.
He said: “It’s going to be a different test altogether.
“I’ve been to Workington a few times myself, so I know exactly what it’s going to be like.
“We’re going to have to adapt, we’re going to have to find the right solutions to the various problems that we’ll be posed with and hopefully we can come out on top again.”
The Mariners put four goals past Hednesford Town on Saturday but Picton believes it was not a reflection of the game.
Picton said: “Obviously we’re really satisfied with the result, you know, you would’ve snapped somebody’s hand off for that result before the game, but it’s maybe not a total reflection on how the game went.”
He continued: “Fair play to Hednesford, because they came here and caused some problems, particularly in the second half of the first half.
“We started pretty brightly and Nathan (Lowe) got us in front with a really well taken goal.
“He’s obviously in a really rich vein of form in terms of goalscoring and I don’t know whether that just mentally made us take a back seat a little bit.”
Connor Bell netted his first goal since joining the club, and Picton hopes it will enable the striker to continue to find the net.
He said: “I was just delighted that Connor got his goal, finally, not that he’s had a huge number of games without a goal.
“I think we’ve been saying for maybe a week or so that if and when Connor does get that goal it will open the floodgates for him, and he’ll get a real boost in confidence.”
Full-back Blair Adams is expected to be fit enough to make the trip across to Cumbria despite being withdrawn after 60 minutes.
Picton explained: “We had to take Blair Adams off as a precaution because he’s been feeling his groin this week and he was just starting to feel it after about an hour.
“Obviously in Darren Lough we’ve got a more than an able replacement and Darren put in a real solid performance at left-back.”
Meanwhile, Gary Brown remains doubtful and Carl Finnigan and Barrie Smith continue their recovery from long-term injuries.
Ben Harmison is available for selection following his three-game suspension.