Preview: South Shields vs Tow Law Town
Tow Law Town are the visitors to Mariners Park on Saturday as South Shields look to make it 17 victories in a row.
Shields defeated Chester-le-Street Town 2-1 in the League Cup on Tuesday, but Saturday marks a return to Ebac Northern League Division Two action for the Mariners.
They are eight points clear at the top of the table, but despite the run of wins, manager Jon King insists his team has a way to go yet.
He said: “We want to keep the run going at the same time as keeping everyone grounded.
“We’ve done nothing yet. We’ve only played 19 league games, so we’re not even halfway through the season.
“There’s a lot of hard work to go, but we’ve got good characters in the dressing room and they’ll make sure we don’t get carried away.”
Nevertheless, the sequence of victories for the Mariners has been remarkable, and King says it is acting as a motivational tool for his players.
He added: “This league is tough, and anyone can beat anyone on their day.
“With this crowd behind us, though, we should never feel anything other than confident.
“The lads have got the run going and don’t want to let go of it. It’s acting as a motivational tool for them.
“If they keep this run going and extend it much further, they could be talked about for years to come, so they don’t want to let it slip.
“We’ve got to make sure we don’t take anything for granted.”
Tow Law arrive at Mariners Park as one of the most in-form sides in the division, and are ninth in the table.
King said: “Tow Law didn’t start the season very well, but have been on a good run of late.
“They’re in the top half of the table and have got some good players, including Adam Burnicle, who we’ve had before.
“He has pace to get in behind and scores goal, so we’ll have to watch him closely.”
Shields will be without the suspended Lewis Teasdale for the 3pm kick-off at Mariners Park, but Adam Sakr is back and Adam Curry could also be available.
Admission prices are £5 for adults, £3 for students and over-65s, and £1 for under-16s.
This is the first game of the club’s 10-match season ticket offer. Those who buy a 10-game ticket will receive entry to all remaining league fixtures this season, at a cost of £40 for adults and £24 for concessions. To buy one, call 0191 454 7800.
Seats on the supporters’ coach to Consett in the FA Vase next Saturday will also be available at the game, at a cost of £7 a head. They will be available at the club shop, which is located just inside the turnstiles. You can also book a place by calling 0191 454 7800.
WORDS: Daniel Prince. IMAGE: Peter Talbot.