South Shields will be presented with the Northern League Division One championship after Saturday’s match at Guisborough Town.
The Mariners wrapped up their first-ever Northern League title with a game to spare by winning 4-1 at Ashington on Tuesday.
They will now get the chance to celebrate further when they lift the trophy on Saturday.
Northern League president George Courtney MBE, and league chairman Glenn Youngman will present it.
Mr Youngman said: “South Shields’ remarkable success comes after promotion, in a season when they’ve won 33 games, drawn six and lost just two with one game to go – including a 20-game unbeaten run in the league going back to November.”
The Mariners are set to be backed by a large travelling support at King George V Ground, with up to six coaches thought to be full for the trip.
Those still interested in a place on a coach are invited to call Westoe Travel on 0191 455 2292 to enquire whether there are any seats left.
Meanwhile, after the game, Mariners Park will be open – and the league trophy will be present – for supporters wishing to celebrate the team’s achievement.
Food will be laid on and we hope you can join us for the evening.
Admission for the Guisborough game – to be paid at the turnstiles – costs £6 for adults and £3 for concessions, while under-12s accompanied with a paying adult are free. The post code of the ground is TS14 6LE.
South Shields were dominant as they secured a third home win in a week with a crushing 6-0 beating of Guisborough Town on Saturday.
The Mariners were 3-0 up within a quarter of an hour against a Guisborough side currently sitting bottom of Northern League Division One, with two Robert Briggs goals sandwiching a strike from David Carson.
They pressed forward their advantage as Julio Arca and Carl Finnigan got on the scoresheet, before debutant Adam Wrightson finished it off when he netted just 10 minutes after being brought on.
It was a superb team performance from the Mariners as they consolidated their second position in the table, having been in control from the start.
Finnigan had a half-chance within the first two minutes, and although the visitors scrambled the ball to safety, it did not delay the opening goal by too long.
It arrived in the fifth minute as David Foley got to the byline on the left and delivered a good cross which Briggs headed into the top corner.
Shields were two up extremely quickly as Andrew Stephenson and Anthony Callaghan worked a short corner routine, and the former found Carson on the edge of the box before he took a shot which bounced in front of goalkeeper James Dawson and nestled in the bottom corner.
Opportunities for Guisborough were very limited, but Liam Connell was on hand to keep out the efforts which were on target.
Foley had a goal ruled out for offside before the Mariners effectively put the game to bed on 15 minutes.
It was a terrific team effort as Carson found Briggs on the edge of the box and he played an impressive give and go with Finnigan before touching the ball beyond a defender and then sliding it past Dawson for his 10th goal of the season.
Later in the first half, Dawson did well to deny Foley and Craig Baxter, before Shields were awarded a penalty when Danny Carson’s shot was charged down and was adjudged by the referee to have struck the hand of Guisborough’s Chris Youldon.
Arca’s spot-kick was parried by Dawson back into the path of the midfielder, and he made no mistake the second time as he tucked it home.
The one-way traffic continued, but Shields were unable to add further to their advantage in the remainder of the first half, with the closest they came when David Carson curled an effort not far wide from distance.
Teenage winger Wrightson – who joined on loan from Gateshead on the eve of the match – came on at the interval in place of David Carson, and immediately looked at home as he produced an energetic display.
He was involved in goal number five within four minutes of the restart as his pressing forced a mistake and Briggs then delivered a magnificent, firm ball through the centre for Finnigan, who controlled with his chest before slamming it into the bottom corner.
Wrightson got in on the act himself soon after when Stephenson took control of the ball on the edge of the box, waited for his team-mate to run beyond him into space and then found him, before the teenager hooked it in.
Shields were rampant and Briggs so nearly claimed his hat-trick when he ghosted past a defender and then saw his effort strike the post via a touch from the goalkeeper.
Foley was kept off the scoresheet by Dawson as he made a good save, while Briggs again went close to his third when he thrashed a shot narrowly over from the edge of the box.
In the end, the Mariners could not add to their six goals, but it remained an excellent afternoon for Graham Fenton and Lee Picton’s side as they kicked off the second half of their league campaign in style.
They are next in action next Saturday, when they take on Dunston UTS at Mariners Park from 3pm.
SOUTH SHIELDS: Connell, Baxter, Callaghan, Shaw (Smith 73), Danny Carson, Arca (c), Briggs, Stephenson, Finnigan (Phillips 61), David Carson (Wrightson 46), Foley. Subs not used: Riding, Ramsey.
Goals: Briggs (5, 15), David Carson (6), Arca (36), Finnigan (49), Wrightson (55).
WORDS: Daniel Prince. IMAGE: Peter Talbot.
Guisborough Town are the visitors to Mariners Park on Saturday as South Shields aim to make it three wins in a week.
The Mariners have seen off Marske United in the FA Vase and Blyth Town in the League Cup over the last seven days.
However, this will be their first game in Northern League Division One since the 1-0 defeat to leaders North Shields a fortnight ago, which left the Mariners eight points off the top in second, with two matches in hand.
Guisborough go into the game bottom of the league, but Shields joint manager Lee Picton is not expecting an easy three points.
He said: “We’ve had Guisborough watched and have prepared as well as we possibly can as a management team. We know what they’re going to be all about.
“They’re going to come here and try to make it difficult for us, as a lot of teams have done recently, and it won’t be easy.
“We’ve got to be better than we were on Tuesday against Blyth, when I was disappointed with our performance, but we had a good training session on Thursday and we’re ready to go again.”
In-form David Foley has scored five goals in his last two games, and he too insists Guisborough’s position in the table is irrelevant going into Saturday’s match.
He said: “It doesn’t really matter where they are in the league.
“It’s another game that we’ve got to get a result in, so we’ll approach it the same as any other and hopefully pick the three points up.”
Shields could hand a debut to 19-year-old winger Adam Wrightson, who joined the club on loan from Gateshead on Friday.
They will be without the injured Leepaul Scroggins (knee), Gavin Cogdon (groin) and Louis Storey (leg), but it is hoped that Jon Shaw and Dillon Morse will shrug off knocks to be available, and Anthony Callaghan will be back after being cup-tied for the last two matches.
Kick-off at Mariners Park is at 3pm, with admission – to be paid at the turnstiles – costing £6 for adults, £4 for students and over-65s, and £2 for under-16s. As this is a league fixture, season tickets, corporate and junior season passes ARE valid. We would really appreciate your support!
Below is how the front cover of the programme looks for Saturday’s game.