South Shields will take on Consett and Tadcaster Albion as part of their preparations for the 2018-19 Evo-Stik Premier Division season.
Friendlies against Blyth Spartans and Cleethorpes Town, as well as the club’s participation in the South Shields FC International Tournament with Celtic, Marseille and Southampton’s Under-23 sides, were announced earlier this month.
The club can now confirm that its pre-season schedule will begin with a home fixture against Northern League outfit Consett on Friday, July 13.
The clubs struck up a friendship over many years of competition in the Northern League, and last met in April 2017, when Shields won 1-0 at Mariners Park on their way to winning the league title.
A trip to Tadcaster Albion, who the Mariners came up against in the 2017-18 Evo-Stik North Division campaign, has also been added to the pre-season programme.
Shields will visit the i2i Stadium on Saturday, August 4 in what is due to be their penultimate friendly of the summer.
An additional pre-season game is expected to be announced soon, and it is due to take place on Tuesday, July 24 at Mariners Park.
Here is the club’s pre-season schedule so far:
Friday, July 13: Consett (H)
Saturday, July 21: Blyth Spartans (H)
Tuesday, July 24: TBC (H)
Saturday, July 28: Southampton Under-23s (H) – South Shields FC International Tournament (PURCHASE TICKETS BY CLICKING HERE)
Sunday, July 29: Celtic Under-23s or Marseille Under-23s (H) – South Shields FC International Tournament (PURCHASE TICKETS BY CLICKING HERE)
Saturday, August 4: Tadcaster Albion (A)
Saturday, August 11: Cleethorpes Town (A)
A young South Shields team pulled off a superb 2-0 win at Cleethorpes Town on Thursday as they booked their place in the quarter-finals of the Integro Cup.
The Mariners fielded five academy players from the start in a rematch of last season’s FA Vase final, and brought one more on from the bench.
The teenagers played superbly as they helped Shields progress to the last eight, with goals from Carl Finnigan and academy midfielder Dan Lowther sealing the victory.
The deadlock was broken in the 14th minute when Cleethorpes goalkeeper Sam Vince was punished for picking up a backpass.
The free-kick from just eight yards out was touched to Finnigan, who rifled it low and through a sea of bodies as he scored his 20th goal of the season.
Both sides had half chances in the remainder of the first half, but the closest either came to adding to the scoring was when Daniel North got in behind on the left for the hosts, only to be denied by Shields goalkeeper Paul Woolston.
In stoppage time, Callum Guy did well to find Finnigan in a good position, but the striker had his effort deflected just past the post.
Cleethorpes had their best spell of the game in the early stages of the second half, but were unable to find a way past Newcastle United loanee Woolston.
In the 54th minute, he made arguably his most impressive save of the match as he kept out a powerful effort from distance by home captain Alex Flett with his fingertips.
Jonathan Oglesby also went close to the home side when he cut in from the left before curling a shot just wide.
Woolston was again on hand to brilliantly deny home substitute Marc Cooper as the hosts searched for an equaliser, and his 64th minute stop proved crucial.
Shields countered and the ball was played through the centre for Lowther, who made no mistake from 20 yards as he calmly slotted home.
Substitute Aksel Juul almost wrapped it up soon after, but his shot was kept out by Vince.
Cleethorpes showed good character in the closing stages as they tried to set up a grandstand finish, but they came up against a goalkeeper in superb form in Woolston.
After Luke Aldrich flashed a shot wide via a deflection for the home side, they went even closer when a piledriver from long range by Flett was brilliantly tipped over by Woolston.
He later made a double save from Aldrich and Jack Richardson as he continued to frustrate the hosts, and he played a key role in ensuring the Mariners kept a clean sheet.
They will travel to Workington Town in the quarter-final of the competition on Thursday, March 29.
Before that, they travel to Glossop North End for an Evo-Stik North Division fixture on Saturday.
The Mariners will be aiming to return to the top of the table.
SOUTH SHIELDS: Woolston, Kavanagh, Pattison, Ross, Patterson, Storey, Guy (Minchella 69), Lowther, Armstrong (Holmes 86), Finnigan (c) (Juul 52), Mason. Subs not used: Baxter, Lough.
Goals: Finnigan (14), Lowther (64).
Thursday’s Integro Cup third round tie between Cleethorpes Town and South Shields has been postponed.
Heavy rain left the playing surface at Bradley Road in an unplayable state, and it failed an afternoon pitch inspection.
A new date for the fixture – which is a repeat of last season’s FA Vase final – will be announced in due course.