Northallerton Town vs South Shields Preview

By Bob Wray

The Mariners travel to play Northallerton Town on Saturday, hoping that there are no adverse weather problems, and the 2014 programme of fixtures will begin, after recent disappointments with both the Whitehaven and West Auckland games being unfortunately postponed.

The opening game of Shields’ Division Two season at Peterlee’s Eden Lane against Saturday’s hosts resulted in a 2-2 draw, which has been repeated to date in 11 instances.

Hopefully, Shields will give a good account of themselves and get three points out of the game, in what will no doubt be an entertaining match, with the home side enjoying a successful season so far with a high league table standing and playing decent football.

In the run in to the end of the season’s programme does lie an opportunity for Shields to begin to turn too many drawn games into wins to maximise management, committee and supporters’ hopes of a good top half final placing.

So beginning on Saturday, the Mariners will aim to match Northallerton, capitalise on goalscoring opportunities and deny and restrict the home X1 with good defensive play.

Shields have produced some good displays this season and the excellent Bishop Auckland DCC result readily comes to mind, for with the right mindset and attitude they can prevail. Hopefully Saturday will be therefore more than just a good game, but also with the result we would all like.

Most probably two more wins will secure complete safety from any relegation possibilities, however unlikely that situation may seem at this stage.

So, a good sporting contest to enjoy, decent weather, good support and hopefully the result wanted.




Northallerton Town. HOME.

P15. W9. D3. L3. F41. A25. Total GD19. Pts. 45. League Table 7th.


Last six games 11 points, form table 6th.

South Shields. AWAY.

P12. W3. D6. L3. F20. A22. Total GD-5. Pts. 32. League Table 14th.


Last six games seven points, form table 14th.


Ground Directions to The Calvert Stadium, Ainderby Road, Romanby, Northallerton, post code for satnavers DL7 8HA. Tel. 01609 778337. Leave the A1 at Leeming Bar (A684) and follow the signs to Northallerton, when approaching the town turn left along the B1333 signposted Romanby. The ground is situated on the left, journey distance is 60 miles. I am informed that this is easier than the A19 route.


Next game – Saturday, January 18th, a league fixture at HOME against Brandon United.