South Shields captain Jon Shaw is set for a spell on the sidelines with a hamstring injury.
The defender was forced off at half-time of Tuesday’s game against Ashton United at Mariners Park and the injury continues to be assessed, but he will certainly miss Saturday’s match against Hyde United and Monday’s trip to Scarborough Athletic.
Also missing from the weekend’s action will be midfielder Luke Daly, who suffered a knee injury in Tuesday’s game. The injury will be further assessed next week.
David Foley (groin) and Blair Adams (groin) have also been ruled out of the Hyde match, while Craig Baxter will miss both of the weekend fixtures as he continues his recovery from a hernia operation.
Adam Thurston is a doubt for Saturday’s game, with a decision on his availability set to be made on the morning of the match.
Robert Briggs won five awards at the sold-out SSFC end of season presentation evening at Mariners Park on Saturday.
A crowd of close to 200 packed into the marquee to recognise the efforts of the squad throughout the 2018-19 campaign and enjoy a night of entertainment, provided by compere Phil Hourigan and comedian Josh Daniels.
The first award handed out was the Top Goalscorer prize, which was won by Briggs, who netted 19 times in all competitions during the season. The award was kindly sponsored by Durastic.
Next up was the Young Player of the Year award, with SSFC Academy graduate Callum Guy claiming the prize after breaking into the first-team squad on several occasions during the season and helping the Academy win its first national trophy. The award was sponsored by KCH Engineering.
Briggs also won the Supporters’ Player of the Year award, voted for by fans in an online poll. Briggs took 39% of the votes, with Lee Mason second on 15% and Craig Baxter third on 9%. The award was sponsored by Rob S Gas Services.
The Goal of the Season – again voted for by supporters in an online vote – was David Foley’s stunning overhead kick from outside the penalty area against North Ferriby United in the FA Trophy. The award was sponsored by the Lakeside Inn.
Briggs’ third award was the prize for Players’ Player of the Year, as voted for by the players themselves. The award was sponsored by S Davison (Electrical) Ltd.
The Player of the Year award – as voted for by club committee members, board members and staff – went to Blair Adams. The award was sponsored by TGS Industrial Supplies.
The SSFC Supporters’ Alliance Player of the Year award went to Briggs, and was presented to him by Alliance chairman Geordie Pearce.
The Simonside Branch Player of the Year was also Briggs, who was presented with his award by Simonside Branch committee member Jon Hardy.
The club would like to thank all of those who sponsored an award or who supported the event through their attendance.
Pictures by Kev Wilson.
South Shields qualified for the final of the Durham Challenge Cup for the second time in three seasons with a 3-1 win at Northern League leaders Dunston UTS on Tuesday.
The Mariners established control from the outset and took a two-goal lead with strikes from Nathan Lowe and Robert Briggs.
Jake Stafford pulled one back for the hosts on the stroke of half-time and Dunston performed better in the second half, but a penalty from Robert Briggs late on sealed Shields’ passage into the final.
They will meet Shildon in the final after their 2-0 victory at Hartlepool United.
Shields were backed by a large and vociferous support at Dunston, and enjoyed a fine opening to the game.
It was Dunston who went closest early on, though, when Liam Connell was forced into a decent save after Michael Pearson was played in.
Lowe saw plenty of possession in the early stages and was rewarded for his bright start when he belted the ball into the bottom corner from 20 yards.
Dunston had two chances to pull level soon after, but a Pearson volley was deflected just over and Connell comfortably kept out an Andrew Grant-Soulsby header.
The Mariners were impressive going forward and almost made it two when Ben Harmison laid the ball off for Luke Daly and he smacked an effort against the post.
Shields scored their second just before half-time when Harmison chased what seemed a lost cause, cleanly won the ball and played it to Foley, who hammered it home from the edge of the box.
Foley almost made it a quickfire double when he was played in after some fine one-touch football, but he was denied by an incredible last-ditch block.
He had a further shot deflected into the side netting before Dunston pulled a goal back on 45 minutes when Stafford had an effort saved before turning in the rebound.
The Mariners were less impressive at the start of the second half and would have conceded an equaliser had Daly not cleared a Pearson header off the line.
Connor Bell turned in a superb performance on his first start for Shields but was kept off the scoresheet, with his best chance seeing him fire narrowly over.
Harmison and Darren Lough both went close to restoring the Mariners’ two-goal lead before Briggs was presented with a golden opportunity to do just that after Foley was fouled in the area.
Briggs buried his spot-kick into the corner of the net to end any lingering doubts about Shields’ victory.
They will be looking for another win on Saturday when they host Buxton in the league.
SOUTH SHIELDS: Connell, Mouanda, Adams, Lowe (Turnbull 76), Morse (Bexton 54), Lough, Foley (Mason 86), Briggs (c), Harmison, Daly, Bell. Subs not used: Baxter, Guy.
Goals: Lowe (8), Foley (29), Briggs (pen 83).
WORDS: Daniel Prince. IMAGE: Kev Wilson.