North Shields vs South Shields Preview
By Bob Wray
It is not known the precise number of games played between the cross river rivals – that is something best left for a statistician to comb the records and collate a definite number – but based on the longevity of both clubs, 100-plus by a considerable margin would be near the mark.
As ever in derby games, an added spice is present for such occasions, so for the winner three valuable points for a sporting contest and for the fans an entertaining game to enjoy.
For the Mariners, a full squad complement is apparently available, minus the suspended Jordan Fraser for his third and final game, with no reported injuries so otherwise a full strength selection for the management.
North Shields are currently flying and scoring goals seemingly for fun, with a massive total of 59 currently on the board, so a stern test is in store for the South defence.
The Mariners have so far this season created and missed too many scoring chances, and arguably given a better success rate would have seen a higher league placing.
However, that apart, a mid table comfort zone is becoming apparent as of now, but these are still early days and there is a long way to go before the season’s end.
One could talk of bigger fish to fry on off field issues for next season, and a real Christmas box is most hopefully anticipated by all behind the scenes and indeed on the terraces.
So, whichever way such events will lead the club, we shall see on Saturday what promises to be hopefully a most competitive and thoroughly entertaining encounter.
North Shields. HOME.
P9. W5. D3. L1. F27. A5. Total GD49. Pts. 40. League position 2nd.
FORM. Last six games 11 points, table placing 7th.
South Shields. AWAY.
P8. W2. D5. L1. F12. A12. Total GD -3. Pts. 25. League position 13th.
FORM. Last six games 10 points, table placing 11th.
South Shields vs Northallerton Town, Ernest Armstrong Memorial Cup, Round Two.
Tuesday, November 19th.
South Shields vs Whickham, Ebac Northern League Div 2, Saturday, November 23rd.
Saturday Travel Directions. Daren Perrson Stadium, Ralph Gardner Park, West Percy Road, Chirton, North Shields. For satnavers postcode NE29 OSS. Ground tel. 07759 766 732.
Continue north after Tyne Tunnel. Take the first slip road and at the roundabout take the third turn onto the A193. Go across the first roundabout then take the third turn at the next roundabout onto Waterville Road, then turn left onto Silkey’s Lane. The ground is 100 yards on the right.