FC United of Manchester have confirmed segregation will be in place for the Mariners’ trip to Broadhurst Park on Saturday.

A sizeable away following is expected to attend the Pitching In Northern Premier League fixture, which could have significant ramifications in the race for promotion.

Shields fans are asked to enter the ground through turnstiles nine to 12, with any Mariners located in the home end to be asked to move to the area designated for away supporters, which is the West Stand and part of the North Stand, with 106 seats available in the Main Stand. A food and drinks bar will be situated in the West Stand.

A pay on the gate policy will be in place, with admission priced at £12 for adults, £7 for concessions, £3 for under-18s and free for under-fives with a paying adult. For clarity, concessions are defined at FC United as over-60s, those in receipt of Income Support or Universal Credit, and students in possession of a valid NUS card. Cash and card payments will be accepted and those applying for a concession may be asked to produce identification at the turnstile.

The ground will be open from 1pm and car parking will be available at Broadhurst Park (310 Lightbowne Road, M40 0FJ) (£5) and at St Matthews (£3). Supporters are asked not to park on St Mary’s Road or the side roads thereof, and to instead use Lightbowne Road.

South Shields opened up a 12 point lead at the top of the BetVictor Northern Premier Division on a record-breaking and pulsating day at Mariners Park.

The Mariners defeated second-placed FC United 5-3 in a thrilling encounter in front of a crowd of 3,276, which broke the ground’s league attendance record.

It was a fully-deserved victory for Lee Picton and Graham Fenton’s side, who went ahead in the 21st minute as Jason Gilchrist found the net against his former club.

Shields’ first half dominance was rewarded with further goals in the latter stages of the half from Josh Gillies and Gilchrist, and they went into the half-time break with a huge amount of confidence.

FC United responded well in the early stages of the second half and pulled a goal back through the prolific Tunde Owolabi, only for Nathan Lowe to swiftly restore the three-goal advantage with a stunning drive from distance.

The end to the game was more fractured as the Mariners were forced to reshuffle three times because of injuries, with Owolabi adding two further goals to complete his hat-trick and give FC United some hope.

Between those strikes, though, Bali Mumba netted on his home debut for Shields to seal their victory and again boost their hopes of clinching promotion.

Full report to follow.

SOUTH SHIELDS: Boney, Baxter, Adams (Thompson 73), Shaw (c) (Ross 59), Verstraaten, Turnbull, Gillies, Briggs, Gilchrist (Mason 68), Lowe, Mumba. Subs not used: Jenkins, Gonzales.

Goals: Gilchrist (21, 45), Gillies (42), Lowe (52), Mumba (89).

Attendance: 3,274.

WORDS: Daniel Prince. IMAGE: Kev Wilson.

The club has taken note of Government, FA and league advice in relation to the coronavirus (COVID-19) ahead of Saturday’s game against FC United of Manchester at Mariners Park.

The BetVictor Northern Premier Division announced on Friday that all fixtures would take place as planned this weekend.

Proactive steps are being taken across the country in a bid to prevent the illness spreading.

South Shields Football Club is committed to adhering to whichever protocol is laid out, but we all have a role to play in limiting the spread of the illness.

Personal hygiene is key.

Several posters issuing advice on the coronavirus have been placed around Mariners Park ahead of Saturday’s match and they explain how serious the illness is and how likely you are to catch it.

Supporters are asked to follow the below guidance.

  • Wash hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • Always wash hands when you get home or into work
  • Use hand sanitiser gels if soap and water are not available
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • Put used tissues in the bin straightaway and wash your hands afterwards – catch it, bin it, kill it
  • Try to avoid contact with people who are showing symptoms of coronavirus
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
  • There is a higher likelihood of severe illness the older you are (not an increased chance of contracting the virus), with those under 25 likely to be unaffected by the disease. However, there is no age-specific guidance at this moment in time.

Sports are asked to keep up to date with and follow Government and Public Health England guidance.

The key issues for hosting a sports event are:

  • PHE guidance should be read and followed
  • For those travelling to sporting events overseas or returning from overseas to sports events, the Foreign Office’s travel advice should be read and followed
  • Promote best practice for hygiene, ensuring cleaning is effective and soaps are provided (and sanitiser where possible)
  • Anyone with flu symptoms should avoid the risk of spreading their infection, whatever that infection may be, by staying at home and recovering
  • Clubs are advised that if any spectator presents to a club member of staff with possible flu-like symptoms they should be encouraged to leave, return home and call NHS 111 for further advice
  • For those hosting sporting events, whatever their size, attendees and participants should stay up to date on the government’s latest advice on how to avoid catching or spreading the virus

Those who feel unwell, as per Government advice released on Thursday, should self-isolate.

The Government has moved to the delay phase of its plan to tackle coronavirus and those with a “new, continuous” cough or high temperature are being advised to self-isolate for seven days.

Any supporter who is feeling unwell – particularly those with flu-type symptoms – is asked not to attend games.

The club will continue to monitor the national and local situation as further advice is issued in the coming days and weeks.

Please do what you can to assist us with this. After all, health is much more important than sport.