By Daniel Prince. Main image by Peter Talbot.
David Hall gave an honest reaction to South Shields’ 1-1 draw with Stokesley Sports Club at Mariners Park on Saturday.
Shields saw a host of opportunities go begging against Ebac Northern League Division Two’s bottom club, and were punished when the visitors scored an equaliser 13 minutes before the end.
In the video above, Hall reflects on the game, and why the players owe the supporters a performance in Tuesday’s Durham Challenge Cup game against Crook Town.
By Daniel Prince
South Shields kick-off a tough Bank Holiday weekend double-header tomorrow (Saturday) when Ryhope CW visit Mariners Park.
The Mariners could go top of the table with a win following Tuesday’s 2-2 draw at Alnwick Town.
Following the Ryhope game, Shields will make the short trip to Hebburn Town on Monday, so they are set to face two of the Ebac Northern League Division Two promotion favourites in three days.
Ryhope ended Team Northumbria’s 100% start to the season on Tuesday with a 1-0 victory, and having played two games less than Shields so far, they will hope to close the gap to a point with another win.
Mariners first-team coach David Hall has urged the team to “roll their sleeves up” ahead of tomorrow’s 3pm kick-off, which could see Barrie Smith and Leepaul Scroggins make their 200th and 150th appearances for the club respectively.
He said: “My glass is always half-full. We could look back on it at the end of the season as a good point at Alnwick.
“We’re sitting second in the table, with hard games coming up this weekend against Ryhope and Hebburn.
“It will be an important weekend, particularly the Hebburn game, with it being a local derby.
“Both of the teams will be up for it, as will all of the teams we play against this season.
“You saw by Alnwick’s celebrations when they got the second goal how much the draw meant to them.
“People see us as a bit of a scalp this year because of what has gone on and what Geoff (Thompson, chairman) has done for the club, and the players we’ve signed. We’re going to have to live with that.
“On matchdays, we’re going to have to be up for it. We’ll have to be as strong as them, show as much desire as them and want it as much as they do, because we have the quality to get us through.
“We’re going to have to roll our sleeves up every now and again.”
Shields will again be without the injured David Foley at Mariners Park.
By Daniel Prince
South Shields coach David Hall described the 2-2 draw as Alnwick Town as ‘two points dropped’ for the Mariners.
However, Hall does believe the point Shields took from the game could prove important later in the season.
In the video above, Hall discusses the game, and looks ahead to the Bank Holiday weekend double-header against Ryhope CW and Hebburn Town.