Scroggins: Let’s bounce back

By Daniel Prince. Picture by Peter Talbot.

Leepaul Scroggins feels Saturday’s game against Ryhope CW is an ideal one for South Shields following Tuesday’s “frustrating” 2-2 draw at Alnwick Town.

Captain Scroggins was left disappointed by the midweek draw, which came after Shields had led twice at St James’ Park.

Reflecting on the game at Alnwick, he said: “It was a frustrating night for us. We didn’t play particularly well.

“We had spells in the game when we did do well, but spells in games aren’t enough.

“We did play some good football at times, and I thought we were quite comfortable in the game at one point.

“They put us under a little bit of pressure from set-pieces, but I thought we had overall managed the game pretty well.

“To go in 1-0 up at half-time was great, and we did well at the start of the second half as well.

“We got a grip of the game and played some good football, and it was all us. We needed a goal at that time and it didn’t come.

“We didn’t create as much as we normally do – perhaps due to how Alnwick played, and perhaps down to our own lack of creativity on the night – but we were quite comfortable.

“They didn’t look like scoring. They then scored from a set play, and we couldn’t do anything about the free-kick. It was right in the top corner.

“We managed to get in front again, and with only 15 minutes to go, we should have seen the game out.

“They scored a goal from a corner, which was disappointing from our point of view.

“It was another goal conceded from a mistake, and all of the mistakes we’re making seem to be getting punished.

“These mistakes shouldn’t be happening, and we need to cut them out.”

Shields now move onto this weekend’s double-header against Ryhope and Hebburn Town, which Scroggins sees as an ideal chance to bounce back.

The midfielder, who is expected to make his 150th appearance for the club on Saturday, added: “A point was better than nothing, and it might count towards us winning something at the end of the season.

“We lost two points, but it was a point gained in my eyes from a long trip.

“Lads had been to work all day and then had to travel at least an hour to get there.

“The pitch was also very long, despite looking nice from the side.

“I’m not using any of that as an excuse, though, because we know we could have done better.

“Saturday is a good game for us. Ryhope beat Team Northumbria 1-0 on Saturday.

“There’s no better game to have than Ryhope. They are seen as major contenders for the league as well. It would be nice to get three points in front of another home crowd.”

You can read Scroggins’ full thoughts ahead of the Ryhope game in his matchday programme column. Below is the front cover – buy a copy for £1.50 at the ground!

The Mariner 09 Ryhope CW COVER