Stokesley Preview

By Daniel Prince. Pictures by Peter Talbot.

South Shields manager Jon King is hoping for an increased crowd as the Mariners bring their season to an end on Friday against Stokesley Sports Club.

The match at Peterlee is the only Friday fixture scheduled this week in the Ebac Northern League, with Shields taking on a Stokesley side sitting 19th in Division Two.

Barring an incredible swing of 42 goals, the Mariners will finish 15th, but a win against Stokesley would make it four wins in a row to end the campaign.

King is looking forward to the game as his side look to get the three points, which would take them up to 53 for the season.

He said: “There are no easy games, and although on paper you should be beating teams near the bottom of the table, it doesn’t always work like that.

“You’ve got to have that desire, and you have to be right mentally, as we were last week against Ryton.

“I’m pleased we’re playing Stokesley on a Friday night, as we’ve never done that this season and I like the atmosphere of a night game.

“Hopefully it will bring a few more people out, as there aren’t any other Northern League games scheduled.”

KEY PLAYER ... Barrie Smith

KEY PLAYER … Barrie Smith

Shields are in confident mood after thrashing Ryton & Crawcrook Albion 4-0 at Eden Lane on Saturday, but King knows they will have to be in the right frame of mind to claim another victory.

He added: “If we play anywhere near like we did on Saturday, we should win the game comfortably.

“We want to finish the season in style with another win to make it four in a row.

“We’ve already picked up more points than we did last season, so we have improved, while we also took our goal difference into a plus last week.

“We will have to be in the right frame of mind to get another win, as that’s the way this league is.”

EXPERIENCED ... Chris Feasey

EXPERIENCED … Chris Feasey

Shields will be without the suspended Stephen Ramsey, while goalkeeper Steven Hubery is unavailable.

Christopher Davidson is expected to line up in goal, while Nicky Evans and Ryan Bolam could return to the reckoning for the 7.30pm kick-off at Eden Lane.