Preview: South Shields vs Crook Town
Crook Town will be the latest team to try to stop the South Shields run when they visit Mariners Park on Saturday.
Shields have won their last 18 games, a sequence which started with a 5-0 thrashing of Crook in the Durham Challenge Cup in September.
Since then, Crook have had a change of manager, with Tony Boakes replacing Gary Anderson.
They sit 18th in Ebac Northern League Division Two, but will be eager to make their mark at Mariners Park.
Shields go into the game on the back of Tuesday’s dramatic 1-0 victory at Consett in the FA Vase, and despite the euphoria which followed that, assistant manager Gary Middleton insists the players will be “back down to earth” for Saturday’s match.
He said: “Don’t worry, we’ll have them back down to earth for Saturday.
“The league is the bread and butter. We want to get promoted this season, and that’s our main aim.
“There are another three points up for grabs, and we’ll have to be at it again on Saturday.”
Defender Daryll Hall, meanwhile, is confident that if the Mariners stay in the right frame of mind, the winning run can continue for some time yet.
He said: “I want this run to continue for as long as possible. We knew it was going to be a tough game on Tuesday because Consett are a good side, especially at home because the pitch suits them.
“We showed exactly what we are about. We rolled our sleeves up, came to their ground and won again.
“Let’s keep the run going. Let’s get to 20, and then go again. Let’s just keep winning.
“It would be nice to get to 20, 30, 40 or all season, but if we get to 20 that would be a massive achievement, and then we could look to see where we go from there.”
Shields remain without the suspended Lewis Teasdale for the 3pm kick-off at Mariners Park. Admission prices are £5 for adults, £3 for concessions and over-65s, and £1 for under-16s.
WORDS: Daniel Prince. IMAGE: Peter Talbot.