Northallerton Town vs South Shields Preview
By Daniel Prince
South Shields will look to continue their decent run of form tomorrow (Wednesday) when they travel to Northallerton Town for an Ebac Northern League Division Two fixture.
The Mariners defeated Brandon United 4-0 on Saturday to pick up their first win of the new campaign.
That followed an impressive 1-1 draw at Ryhope CW, which was gained despite playing for over 80 minutes with 10 men.
Tomorrow’s opponents Northallerton, meanwhile, started the season in stunning form with a 10-0 demolition of Esh Winning.
They drew their second game, at Stokesley Sports Club, and Shields manager Jon King is expecting a tough match.
He said: “Peter Mulcaster – their manager – is one of my best mates, and he was my manager at Spennymoor.
“I speak to Peter quite regularly, and he expects Northallerton to be up at the top end of the table.
“I thought they were decent last season, and they have added good quality, so they are going to be another tough opposition.”
However, Shields have often performed better against the stronger sides over the course of the last 12 months.
King is looking for better “consistency” from his team, but feels the Mariners do have a chance of coming away from Northallerton with something.
He added: “When we go up against strong teams like Northallerton, it seems to suit us better.
“It’s wrong, really, as we should be able to play most teams and put the same sort of performance in.
“Whoever you play, when you cross that white line you have to look to find consistency.
“On Saturday, when we got our chances, we took them, but we can perform better.
“It will be a tough ask to go all the way down to Northallerton, and it’s going to be a difficult game.
“If we can try to improve a little bit more, though, who knows?”
Aron Burn and Lee Maitland are doubts for the Northallerton game after picking up hamstring and thigh injuries respectively. They were both forced off against Brandon, as was Colin White, who is expected to be fit.
Adam Sharp has returned to fitness, while David Conroy had recovered from an ankle injury before it flared up again at the weekend.
Left-back James Pickering is still away on holiday, and there are doubts over a number of players due to potential work commitments.
Kick-off at Northallerton’s Calvert Stadium is at 7.45pm.