South Shields have been drawn away to Dunston in the second round of the Integro Cup.
The match will be played at UTS Stadium on a date yet to be confirmed.
Dunston are currently 18th in the BetVictor North West Division, with their exploits in the Emirates FA Cup having left them playing catch up, with just eight league games played so far.
They reached the second round of this competition with an impressive 5-1 victory at Scarborough Athletic on Tuesday.
Shields, meanwhile, made it through with a 4-0 win at Tadcaster Albion – who are sixth in Dunston’s league – in September.
The Mariners last met Dunston in Barrie Smith’s farewell match in July, with a Jason Gilchrist hat-trick helping them to a 4-2 win.
They also faced each other in last season’s Durham Challenge Cup semi-final at UTS Stadium, a match which Shields won 3-1 in February.
The date of the Integro Cup tie will be confirmed in due course.
On a day when South Shields said farewell to club legend Barrie Smith, a new arrival stole the show as Jason Gilchrist scored a hat-trick in an entertaining 4-2 win over Dunston.
Smith pulled on the claret and blue shirt for one last time in the pre-season friendly and was given a tremendous reception as his nine years of superb service to the Mariners was recognised.
Shields went behind twice in the first half at Mariners Park, with a Gilchrist goal sandwiched in between.
Gilchrist scored twice more after the break, after a deflected effort from distance by Nathan Lowe had brought the home side level.
The Mariners went into the game without a number of players, with Liam Connell, Blair Adams, Jon Shaw, Phil Turnbull, Josh Gillies, Myles Boney, Craig Baxter, Callum Guy and Lee Mason all unavailable for selection.
The visitors opened the scoring in just the fourth minute as Liam Marrs sent in a teasing low cross from the right which Michael Pearson was able to nudge home in the six-yard box.
Shields threatened an equaliser when a Robert Briggs shot from 25 yards whistled over the crossbar, and gradually found their feet.
They got back on level terms on 20 minutes when Smith helped to win possession deep in the Dunston half and in the confusion which followed, the ball eventually fell to the feet of Gilchrist, who made no mistake from close range.
Smith was withdrawn to a standing ovation in the 23rd minute as fans, players and staff were given the opportunity to show their appreciation for a player who won six trophies and made over 300 appearances during his nine years with the Mariners.
Luke Daly had an opportunity to put the Mariners into the lead when he weaved his way through from the right and rounded goalkeeper Karl Dryden, but he sent his effort from a tight angle into the side netting.
Adam Thurston and Gary Brown both had attempts from distance as the game neared half-time but Dunston retook the lead four minutes before the break as Liam Brooks turned in the penalty area before picking out the bottom corner.
Shields built up some momentum early in the second half and equalised just before the hour mark when Briggs rolled a free-kick into the feet of Lowe, whose long range piledriver took a huge deflection before nestling in the opposite corner.
The Mariners went on to enjoy their best spell and almost went ahead as a sweet strike from Brown was deflected wide.
Thurston also went close with a similar effort but Shields eventually got their reward when Daly’s corner from the right was headed across the area by substitute Millenic Alli before being nodded in by Gilchrist from close range.
More chances came and went for the home side, who did double their lead in the 73rd minute as a defensive clearance fell to the feet of Gilchrist, who took the ball round Dryden before completing his hat-trick with a composed finish.
Dan Wright almost added to the scoring soon after when he got on the end of a Gilchrist cross, but his header narrowly cleared the crossbar.
Smith was reintroduced with 10 minutes left to another rapturous reception and Lowe almost scored Shields’ fifth during his time on the pitch, but his effort from the edge of the box flashed wide.
Shields will complete their pre-season schedule with a trip to Ossett United next Saturday.
SOUTH SHIELDS: Coombe, Smith (c) (Wokoma 23), Charlton (Lockey 80), Lowe, Morse (Trialist 67), Brown (Smith 80), Daly (Wright 73), Briggs (Thompson 67), Gilchrist, Thurston (Biwer 73), Foley (Alli 49).
Goals: Gilchrist (20, 64, 72), Lowe (59).
WORDS: Daniel Prince. IMAGE: Kev Wilson.
Club legend Barrie Smith is expected to pull on the South Shields shirt for one last time as the Mariners take on Dunston on Saturday.
The pre-season friendly is a farewell match for Smith, who played over 300 times for the club in a memorable nine-year spell before retiring this summer.
It will be an opportunity for South Shields supporters to show their appreciation to one of the club’s most popular and loyal players in recent memory.
Smith joined the club from Morpeth Town in 2010 and little did he know then just the kind of love affair which was about to embrace him.
He is expecting to be “emotional” when he takes to the Mariners Park pitch for one last time in Saturday’s 3pm kick-off.
He said: “I’m really looking forward to stepping out onto the pitch for one last time.
“I can’t wait to show my appreciation to the fans, my former team-mates, the management and everyone at the club.
“They deserve that for everything they’ve done for me while I’ve been at the club.
“I’m probably going to be emotional but I’m really looking forward to it.”
Smith has seen the good – indeed, very good – and bad – indeed, very bad – over the last nine years.
A relegation campaign, frustrating injuries and an enforced two-year move to Peterlee were the worst of them.
But there is no doubt Smith will look back on his time at South Shields with a huge smile on his face.
Alongside those bad times, Smith also experienced – and was a huge part of – some of the best moments in the club’s history.
Three promotion campaigns were among the high points, along with six trophy wins.
And who could forget that incredible day at Wembley Stadium?
Smith was introduced as a substitute in the second half as Shields cantered to victory in the FA Vase final, and the reception he received upon taking to the field demonstrated just how highly he was valued by all connected to the club.
A versatile player, Smith was equally at home in the centre of midfield or at right-back and his tenacious style of play endeared him to all who watched him.
He played 323 times for the club and scored 20 goals, but the statistics do not even scratch the surface of Smith’s South Shields story.
Saturday’s game is Shields’ penultimate pre-season friendly and they go into it off the back of a 4-3 win at neighbours Hebburn Town on Tuesday.
Joint manager Lee Picton said: “Our aim is to give a performance that is deserving of such a special occasion as this.
“If all of our players can wear the shirt with as much pride as Barrie Smith did, we won’t go far wrong.
“We’d also like to give a really strong home performance for our faithful fans, who again have supported us so well both home and away over pre-season.”
Admission – which can be paid at the turnstiles – is £6 for adults, £4 for students and over-65s, and £2 for under-16s.
Please come along and show your appreciation to Barrie while supporting the team in their final pre-season friendly of the summer.