South Shields will take on clubs including Blyth Spartans and Gateshead as part of a busy pre-season programme ahead of the 2021-22 campaign.

The Mariners will travel to Croft Park to face Blyth on Saturday, July 24, with the game against another National League North side, Gateshead, to take place on Saturday, August 7 at 1st Cloud Arena.

Those fixtures are among eight which have been confirmed for pre-season so far, with four of them to take place at 1st Cloud Arena. It is hoped that a ninth match will be confirmed in due course.

Among Shields’ other opponents before the Pitching In Northern Premier League campaign gets underway are Stockton Town, Consett and Marske United.

The confirmed pre-season fixtures to date are:

Tuesday, July 13: Newton Aycliffe (away, 7.30pm kick-off)
Saturday, July 17: Stockton Town (home, 3pm kick-off)
Tuesday, July 20: Consett (home, 7.30pm kick-off)
Wednesday, July 21: Crook Town (away, 7.30pm kick-off)
Saturday, July 24: Blyth Spartans (away, 3pm kick-off)
Wednesday, July 28: West Allotment Celtic (away, 7.30pm kick-off)
Saturday, July 31: Marske United (home, 3pm kick-off)
Saturday, August 7: Gateshead (home, 3pm kick-off)

Admission and ticket details will be confirmed when it is possible to do so.

Saturday’s friendly between South Shields and Blyth Spartans has been postponed.

Blyth informed the club on the morning of the game that they were no longer willing to travel due to the rate of coronavirus infection in South Tyneside.

Those who bought tickets are advised to await an announcement on Monday as to how they can apply for refunds.

Home tickets for Saturday’s friendly between South Shields and Blyth Spartans are sold out.

All 510 tickets were snapped up by Shields fans, with a capacity of 600 in place at 1st Cloud Arena.

The remaining tickets are being sold by Blyth, who were allocated 90 tickets.

The match will kick-off at 3pm and the turnstiles will open at 12.30pm.

If you do not have a ticket, please do not visit the ground as you will not be able to enter. If you are attending, please familiarise yourself with our risk assessment and spectators’ code of conduct by clicking here.

Those unable to attend can access a live stream of the game at a cost of £2. The live stream will begin at 2.30pm and you can sign up for the stream now by clicking here, which is the same link at which you will be able to watch the match on Saturday.