Shields set to play at Mariners Park for first time in four months
South Shields make their long-awaited return to Mariners Park on Tuesday when Seaham Red Star visit for a 7.30pm kick-off.
Many changes have been made at the ground over the summer, including the installation of a new drainage system and three new covered stands for supporters.
It is hoped that a big crowd will be in attendance for the homecoming, which is also an important match for the Mariners as they aim to get their first win of the season on the board.
Shields succeeded Seaham as Northern League Division Two champions last time out.
Seaham followed up their promotion with a ninth-placed finish in Division One last season, and will be a real danger in Tuesday’s game.
Their 3-0 opening day win at Washington underlined their ability, and they will no doubt be relishing the prospect of spoiling the party.
Shields assistant manager Lee Picton, though, is hoping they will respond well after Saturday’s 3-3 draw at Whitley Bay, which saw the Mariners concede a stoppage-time equaliser.
He said: “Hopefully with a good crowd behind us on Tuesday for our first home game, we can look to kick-start the season, because it needs to happen really quickly.
“For the fans, more than anybody else, it’s important we get three points on Tuesday, and for the people who have put a lot into this football club.
“They all deserve a proper performance from this group, including ourselves as a management team. They deserve better than what they’ve had so far.
“If players or anybody else in the camp is struggling to get their heads around that, as I said to the lads in the changing room, we’re going to be on a collision course. We’ve got to stand up and be counted.”
Kick-off is at 7.30pm, with season tickets valid for this game. Admission to the match can also be secured at the turnstiles, at a cost of £6 for adults, £4 for over-65s and £2 for under-16s.
Below is a copy of the front cover of the programme for the game.