South Shields vs Brandon United Preview

By Daniel Prince

South Shields go in search of their first win of the new Ebac Northern League Division Two season tomorrow when they host Brandon United at Peterlee.

The Mariners go into the game in buoyant mood after James Talbot’s 93rd-minute equaliser secured them a 1-1 draw at Ryhope CW on Tuesday. Shields had played for 80 minutes with 10 men after goalkeeper Brett Wilson was sent off.

Wilson, though, should be available for the Brandon game – with his suspension yet to kick in.

Shields manager Jon King was happy to pick up a point at Ryhope, and says he was “proud” of the players’ efforts.

He said: “It was a great point for us, and I was really proud of the lads for the performance.

“Even before the sending off, we looked the stronger side.

“Even if we had been beaten, I would have still been proud of the lads.

“After the sending off, if anyone said we would get a point, I would have snatched their hand off.

“We were against a very good side, and were pleased to get the point we deserved.”

Former Newcastle United striker Paul Robinson came on as a substitute in the Ryhope game after completing a move to the Mariners, and should again be available against Brandon.

Confidence is high in the Shields camp heading into the game, which is the club’s first fixture of the season at Peterlee’s Eden Lane.

King added: “It’s still early days, and I don’t want to get carried away. The key is to find some consistency.

“The group is together, and it’s always going to be after a performance like that.

“We hope it will be like that after bad performances as well.

“It’s a brand new squad and there are a lot of young lads, so they are going to have some ups and downs.”

Tomorrow’s game kicks off at 3pm, with David Conroy again available for Shields after recovering from injury. He was an unused substitute against Ryhope.

Shields are next in action on Wednesday, when they travel to Northallerton Town for a league fixture, with kick-off at 7.30pm.