South Shields will aim to move to within one win of promotion on Tuesday when they face Brandon United at Mariners Park.
Shields defeated Stokesley Sports Club 3-0 on Saturday as they made it 10 league wins in 11 games.
However, they will not be taking Tuesday’s opponents lightly, with Brandon having enjoyed a more than satisfactory campaign.
Last term, they finished bottom of the table on just 16 points, but avoided relegation because of the inability of the sides in promotion positions in the leagues below to accept promotion due to ground grading issues.
Brandon have taken full advantage of that reprieve, and are on 40 points ahead of their visit to Mariners Park, where they will feel they have little to lose.
This will be one of two games in three days for Shields, who will visit Easington Colliery on Thursday.
With just three home games left, including this one, there could be another bumper crowd at Mariners Park. Admission prices are £5 for adults, £3 for students and over-65s, and £1 for under-16s. Admission is paid for at the turnstiles on the day of the game. A crowd of 211 or more would see the overall attendance at Mariners Park since returning last summer – including friendlies – pass beyond the 20,000 mark. Here are some details on how to get to the ground for those who have not yet attended.
September 19, 2015 – Ebac Northern League Division Two, Welfare Ground
Brandon United 0 South Shields 4 (Hall 15, Sakr 53, Phillips 65, Briggs 69). Attendance: 185.
SOUTH SHIELDS: Pocklington, Smith, Turner, Hall (c), Riding, Chapim (Galpin 46), Sakr, Arca (Phillips 46), Byrne, Briggs (Noble 71), Wightman. Subs not used: Young, Ramsey.
Last six games (in all competitions)
South Shields: WLWWWL (Overall league position: 1st, 86 points from 35 games)
Brandon United: LLWDLL (Overall league position: 16th, 40 points from 33 games)
TOP SCORER (LEAGUE GAMES ONLY)
South Shields: Warren Byrne (23).
Brandon United: James Ellis (22).
THOUGHTS AHEAD OF THE GAME
Jon King, South Shields manager: “It’s a big week for us. We’ve got three games to play in the next few days, but we just have to focus on this one first. We won’t be looking too far ahead. We’re looking forward to the game and we’ll be trying to start the week positively. We don’t take any team lightly, and we have to remember that this will be a big game for Brandon as well. They’ll come here with their A game.”
Below is the front cover of the programme for the game, featuring new signing Andy Brown. The programme can be bought just inside the turnstiles on matchday.
WORDS: Daniel Prince. IMAGE: Peter Talbot.
Saturday’s Ebac Northern League Division Two match between South Shields and Brandon United was postponed because of a waterlogged pitch.
Rainfall on the morning of the match had affected the playing surface at Mariners Park, but after much work went on, it was playable by 1pm.
By the time the referee had arrived at 2pm, though, there had been further rainfall, with the pitch again left in a poor state.
However, the referee decided to give the game “every chance”, and indicated he did not wish to make a decision until as close to kick-off time as possible.
He asked the club to enlist the help of volunteers to clear away the remaining surface water, and at one stage, a number of supporters, plus manager Jon King, coach David Hall, captain Leepaul Scroggins (pictured) and vice-chairman Gary Crutwell, were all working on the pitch.
However, at about 2.45pm, the referee opted to do another lap of the pitch, and after completing that, he made the decision to postpone the game.
South Shields got back to winning ways in the league on Saturday with a 4-0 thrashing of Brandon United.
Below is a selection of images from the game, captured by Peter Talbot. They can also be viewed in full here: In Pictures – Brandon United 0-4 South Shields
Created with flickr slideshow.