South Shields have been handed a home tie against either Alnwick Town or Blyth Town in the second round of the Northern League Cup.

The Mariners have been handed a bye to the second round, and are now guaranteed to take on Northern League Division Two opposition at Mariners Park.

The date for the fixture has yet to be determined.

Should Alnwick prevail against Blyth in their first round tie, Shields will take on a side they picked up four points against in the league last season.

Alnwick twice fought back from a goal behind to snatch a 2-2 home draw last August, but the Mariners were in mean form when they met in the reverse fixture, winning 4-1 at Mariners Park in their last match before Christmas.

If Blyth are the first round victors, though, it will be an intriguing and new challenge for Shields.

Town won the Northern Alliance league for the third year in a row last season, and this time were in a position to gain promotion to Division Two of the Northern League. They are now preparing for life in their new league.

Barrie Smith praised the camaraderie in the South Shields camp after they made it 20 wins in a row on Saturday.

Smith scored his first goal of the season in the 4-1 victory over Alnwick Town at Mariners Park.

In the video above, he talks about the game, and why the three points meant more to him than the goal.

He also praises the Shields fans, and looks ahead to the challenge against Morpeth Town at Mariners Park on Tuesday.

VIDEO: Daniel Prince. STILL IMAGE: Peter Talbot.

Manager Jon King praised his South Shields team after they beat Alnwick Town to make it 20 wins in a row on Saturday – and then set his sights on number 21.

Goals from Julio Arca, Warren Byrne, Barrie Smith and Andrew Bulford sealed a 4-1 victory at Mariners Park.

In the video above, King discusses the game, and also talks about the performance of debutant Danny Carson.

He goes on to preview Tuesday’s FA Vase tie against Morpeth Town at Mariners Park.

VIDEO: Daniel Prince. STILL IMAGE: Peter Talbot.