By Daniel Prince
South Shields welcome Thornaby to Eden Lane tomorrow (Saturday) for an Ebac Northern League Division Two fixture.
Shields go into the game in good shape after coming from two goals down to draw with South Tyneside rivals Hebburn Town on Monday.
That took the club’s tally so far this season to five points from six games, and tomorrow they come up against a side on seven points from five matches.
In Stephen Ramsey and David Molloy, the Mariners have two forwards in good form.
Ramsey scored both of Shields’ late goals at Hebburn on Monday, including the equaliser two minutes into second half stoppage time.
Molloy, meanwhile, has notched four times in six games, helping Shields average two goals a game so far this season.
Mariners manager Jon King is expecting a difficult game at Peterlee against Thornaby, who have been involved in some high-scoring encounters so far this campaign.
King said: “Thornaby are a good side with two very good forwards in Gerard Livingstone and Joseph Melvin.
“They went to Seaham Red Star last week and beat them 4-1, and we had two good games against them last season.
“I didn’t think they were great when we went down there early in the season, but later on when we played them at our place, I thought they were good.
“They were well-organised, fit and got stuck in.
“If we are not right mentally, we’ll get done, but we certainly will be up for it, and hopefully we’ll have a few lads back available again.”
Aron Burn is unavailable for Shields as he is on holiday, while Barry Marshall is also away.
Lee Maitland is battling to be fit after injury, while Andy Renton (illness) and David Halliday (work commitments) should both be available again for the Mariners.
Goalkeeper Brett Wilson, though, is suspended for the match, which kicks off at 3pm.