South Shields take on Whitley Bay on Saturday as Non-League Day is celebrated at Mariners Park.

The Northern League Division One encounter is a rematch of last month’s reverse fixture at Hillheads, which resulted in a 3-3 draw.

The Mariners will be aiming for a fourth consecutive win, which would have the potential to send them top of the table.

Whitley Bay, though, are one of just three unbeaten sides in the league, and have taken points from Shildon and North Shields as well as the Mariners so far.

With Premier League and Championship clubs off-duty because of the international break, it is hoped that there will be a healthy crowd at Mariners Park for the visit of the North Tynesiders.

Fans have been encouraged to wear fancy dress – there will be a prize for the best costume – while there will be a dizzy penalties competition at half-time.

Funds will also be raised for Prostate Cancer UK, which is the official charity of Non-League Day.

For Shields manager Jon King, though, the main focus is on the pitch, where he is expecting a difficult game.

Bay struck a stoppage time equaliser to snatch a point against the Mariners a fortnight ago.

King said: “That was two points dropped, because they scored in the 92nd minute.

“It’s going to be another tough game, but if we had the personnel then that we do now, I don’t think we’d have dropped those points.

“Whitley Bay are a good team who are up there in the table and have had some excellent results so far.

“They’ve got four good forward players who we’ll have to be on our guard against.”

Carl Finnigan and Ben Clark are in contention to make their home debuts for Shields, while David Foley (groin) and Gavin Cogdon (hamstring) are doubtful.

Kick-off at Mariners Park is at 3pm, and the club would very much appreciate your support at the game.

Admission prices – to be paid at the turnstiles – are £6 for adults, £4 for over-65s and £2 for under-16s.

South Shields go in search of their first win of the season on Saturday when they make the short trip across the River Tyne to Whitley Bay.

The Mariners are without a victory in three competitive fixtures so far following Tuesday’s unfortunate 2-1 loss at Newton Aycliffe.

However, the second half performance at Aycliffe has increased confidence within the Shields camp that good results are just around the corner.

They will hope that that starts at Hillheads against a Whitley Bay side which has won both of its league matches so far, scoring eight goals in the process.

Kick-off is at 3pm, with Shields hoping to welcome back David Palmer after he returned from holiday and scored three times in two games for the reserves.

The post code of the ground is NE25 8HR, while places on supporters’ transport to the game are available by calling 0191 454 7800. It costs £7 for those in the SSFC Members’ Club, and £10 for non-members, and will depart Mariners Park at 1.30pm.

Shields manager Jon King says the team will be going into Saturday’s game with a “positive frame of mind”.

He said: “It was a bitter pill to swallow to lose a game like that after we had dominated the second half.

“We’re all looking forward to going to Whitley Bay, though.

“It’s a derby game, and I’m looking forward to going back to what is one of my old clubs.

“We’ll go there with a positive frame of mind.

“The lads were really upset after Tuesday’s game, but there were plenty of positives to take and hopefully we’ll get a better result this time.”

The club would like to thank all of those who took part in the Mariners’ annual golf day.

The event took place last week at South Shields Golf Club, on Cleadon Hills.

The competition was in the popular Texas Scramble format, and the club would like to thank all of those who participated.

The winner of nearest the pin on the first hole, pictured below with Shields manager Jon King, was Carl Finnigan.


Nearest the pin on the 10th hole, pictured below with King, was Paul Gilmore.


On the 13th, meanwhile, the nearest the pin, below with King, was Bill Mattinson.


The player who hit the longest drive on the 17th hole, pictured below with King, was Alan Cuthbertson.


The second placed team in the event, pictured from left to right with King, were Warren Byrne, Anthony Byrne, Kristian Bond and Lee Bond.


The winning team, who were presented with a Shields season ticket for 2016-17 by defender Ben Riding, are pictured below with Riding and King. They are, from left to right, Paul Gilmore, Kevin Wright, Steve Galloway and Tony Galloway.