Preview: Chester-le-Street vs South Shields
South Shields will make their second trip to Chester-le-Street Town in seven days on Tuesday as they continue their Durham Challenge Cup bid.
The Mariners triumphed 3-0 at Moor Park last week as they strengthened their grip on top spot in Ebac Northern League Division Two.
They followed that up with an entertaining 4-3 victory over Thornaby at Mariners Park in front of a crowd of 1,115 on Saturday.
However, attentions have now turned to cup competitions, with an FA Vase trip to Bishop Auckland to follow on Friday.
The Mariners will go into Tuesday’s game without Lewis Teasdale, who scored a hat-trick on Saturday in his last appearance before a suspension kicked in.
They will be boosted by the return of Julio Arca, though, after the midfielder was unavailable against Thornaby due to coaching commitments.
Chester-le-Street, meanwhile, have lost their last three games, but remain second in the league.
Shields manager Jon King is hoping for an improved performance at the back from his side after three goals were shipped on Saturday.
He said: “Three points, first and foremost, was the most important thing on Saturday.
“I was a bit disappointed and frustrated with the goals we conceded, though, as we have set our standards in recent weeks and fell below them.
“I had never seen that coming over the last 12 games, and it was disappointing to concede in the manner that we did.
“You can’t be too critical of the lads, though, because they’ve been fantastic and it was another win for us. The run that we’re on is absolutely fantastic.”
On the game with Chester-le-Street, King added: “Both sides know all about each other after the game last week, and I’m sure it will be a tough match.
“We looked a little bit jaded on Saturday, and we perhaps need to consider changing it around a little bit.
“A few lads looked a little bit leggy, so we’ll have to consider rotating things slightly and look at the squad. We’ve got a strong squad there, so we’ll use that.
“We’ve got two massive cup games this week, and hopefully we can get two positive results.”
Kick-off at Moor Park is at 7.30pm, and supporters are again reminded of the parking situation at the ground, which can be explored here.
WORDS: Daniel Prince. IMAGE: Peter Talbot.