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Shields to face Dunston UTS in Durham Challenge Cup semi-final

A trip to Northern League Division One leaders Dunston UTS awaits South Shields in the semi-final of the Durham Challenge Cup.

The tie will be played on Tuesday, February 26 at the UTS Stadium, with kick-off at 7.30pm.

It promises to be a stern test for the Mariners against a Dunston side which defeated Gateshead 2-1 in the quarter-final of the competition on Wednesday.

The two clubs have not met since a 3-1 Northern League win for Shields at Mariners Park in November 2016.

The Mariners’ last trip to Dunston saw them emerge 4-2 winners a month earlier.

Dunston have enjoyed a tremendous season so far, having reached the fourth qualifying round of the Emirates FA Cup, when they were beaten by Gateshead.

In the league, they currently hold a one-point lead over Bishop Auckland and Consett, and have two games in hand.