Stokesley Preview

By Daniel Prince

South Shields return to action at Stokesley Sports Club tomorrow (Saturday) after having a week without a game.

Last week’s fixture against Ryton and Crawcrook Albion was postponed, so the Mariners were unable to build on their 1-0 Ernest Armstrong Memorial Cup victory over Tow Law Town.

Tomorrow, they face a team which sits two places and 11 points below them in the Ebac Northern League Division Two table, but manager Jon King has warned his side against complacency.

He said: “It’s a typical Northern League game, and I’m sure that if we go there with the wrong attitude, we’ll get turned over.

“We haven’t played badly of late, but one thing we haven’t been doing is killing teams off.

“The last game, against Tow Law, we won 1-0, but it took a good save from Niki Lawson from a penalty to keep us in the tie.

“The game should have been out of sight with the chances we created.

“I said to the lads that we’re creating lots of chances, but we need to put them away and make the games a lot easier than they have been.”

Last season, the winter hit Shields hard, with a host of games postponed due to the winter.

After experiencing such a difficult period 12 months ago, King has urged his players to make the most of any match action they get over the coming weeks.

He added: “Last season, I think we had about three months without a game when things were going well, and that could happen again, depending on the weather.

“It’s important that when we do have the games, we make them count.”

Stephen Ramsey will return from suspension for Shields in Saturday’s 3pm kick-off at Stokesley Sports Ground, while Alex Kempster is back in training and Andy Renton could be available.

Postcode: TS9 5JQ.

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