South Shields vs West Auckland Town

South Shields will again attempt to take on high-flying Ebac Northern League Division One club West Auckland Town tomorrow (Tuesday) at Peterlee’s Eden Lane.

The Durham Challenge Cup second round match was due to be played last Tuesday, but was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

The game will now go ahead tomorrow at 7.30pm, subject to the weather.

West are currently third top and enjoying a good season, and are currently the only unbeaten First Division side away from home in league competition.

The Mariners will be therefore provided with a stern test of their credentials in what hopefully could be a good football match if not affected unduly by weather considerations.

The previous encounter between the two sides this season in the FA Vase first round resulted in a 5-0 victory for West, so we shall see if the Mariners can rise to the challenge on this occasion.

Not forgotten is the 5-5 league result a couple of seasons ago, when a 4-1 half-time Shields lead in a game played in gale force conditions became somewhat of a farce by full time.

Of that Shields team, only Stephen Ramsey and Barrie Smith remain with the club, while West include former Mariner and influential midfielder Robbie Briggs.

Ramsey will miss this game through suspension, while Smith is struggling with injury.

 

South Shields’ next match is on Saturday, January 18th, at home against Brandon United in the league.