Ryton and Crawcrook Albion Preview

By Daniel Prince


South Shields will go in search of a second win in a week when they host Ryton and Crawcrook Albion at Peterlee.

Shields beat Tow Law Town 1-0 on Tuesday in the Ernest Armstrong Memorial Cup, but will return to Ebac Northern League Division Two action against Ryton.

The Mariners will be looking to move up from their current placing of 17th in the table, and could leapfrog Willington and Alnwick Town with a victory.

Shields boss Jon King says results are imperative for his side at present after a number of games slipped away in recent weeks despite strong performances.

He said: “At the moment, results are more important than performances.

“We’ve played really well and got nothing from too many games over the last month, so I would certainly take a few poorer performances as long as we get the results.

“We’re confident because we’re creating lots and lots of chances, and I’ve said to the lads that it’s only a matter of time before we put a few of them away.

“Hopefully that will start against Ryton.”

Ryton, meanwhile, have enjoyed a fine start to the season, and are ninth in the table, level on points with the two sides directly above them.

Last season, only a 4-2 win against Shields at Peterlee on the final day saw them climb off the bottom of the table, but they have already gained five more points this term than they did in the whole of the last campaign.

King is expecting a difficult test, but is hopeful his side can come out on top.

He added: “I know Ryton had a poor season last time out and they had to beat us on the last day to avoid finishing bottom, but they have certainly improved and have had some excellent results.

“They will be really tough opposition, but we’ve got a better record at home than away, so hopefully we’ll get a result.

“It was nice to get a clean sheet on Tuesday, but we’re not getting carried away.

“We want a good performance and result – I’d settle for just the result, but it’s nice if you can get a good performance as well.”

Stephen Ramsey will return from suspension for Shields, but Barrie Smith and Lee Maitland remain banned.

Adam Sharp, Chris Feasey and Abu Salim should all be back in contention, while King is hopeful Lloyd Evans will be available again.