The club is delighted to confirm that strikers Jon Shaw and Warren Byrne, as well as manager Jon King and assistant manager Lee Picton, will take part in Friday’s question and answer session at Mariners Park.

The Q and A is taking place as part of a night of entertainment at the ground which gets underway at 7pm and is free to attend.

The club’s new away kit will also be launched, while there will be a casino event and live music.

Supporters will get the chance to put their questions to the previously mentioned quartet, just over a week before the new season gets started. The rest of the Shields squad will also be in attendance.

The away kit launch, meanwhile, will see the winner of the competition to design it revealed.

Schoolchildren across South Tyneside were invited to send in their designs, and a lucky winner has been chosen after well over 160 entries came in. Their name will be printed on every shirt.

The club would really like to see you on the night – we hope you can make it.

South Shields turned in another eye-catching performance as they saw off Northern League Division One rivals Seaham Red Star 4-2 in their latest pre-season friendly.

The Mariners have now scored 10 goals in their last two games as they home in on the new season.

Four different goalscorers were on the scoresheet for Shields at Seaham Town Park in a game they always seemed in control of.

They picked up where they left off in Monday’s 6-0 rout at Hebburn Town, and almost took the lead within two minutes, with a Craig Baxter cross finding its way to David Foley at the back post, but his effort was saved.

Foley drove an effort not far over before Shields took the lead with nine minutes on the clock when their trialist forward controlled the ball, turned and hit a low shot into the bottom corner.

The Mariners switched off momentarily after going ahead, and almost surrendered the lead when they gifted Seaham possession in a dangerous area, but Lee Hetherington was denied by an impressive save.

Foley was a thorn in Red Star’s side throughout his time on the pitch, and he was kept off the scoresheet on 13 minutes by another save from home goalkeeper Shaun Newbrook.

He came even closer moments later when his audacious chip from the right beat Newbrook, clipped the bar and bounced down near the goal-line. Jon Shaw accepted the rebound and stroked it home, but the offside flag went up.

Shields did not have to wait too much longer for goal number two, and it arrived when the ball was played back to Shaw inside the box, and he showed great composure before smashing it home.

Paul Gardiner fired a warning to the Mariners that Seaham remained dangerous as he arrowed a shot over, while Shields went close to extending their lead when Shaw had an effort saved.

The hosts pulled a goal back when Gardiner drove forward again, and this time rifled a shot into the roof of the net.

For a short time, the Mariners did look troubled, and they were fortunate to avoid conceding an equaliser when Liam McBryde flashed a header wide.

However, they soon regained control, and the two-goal lead was restored following another impressive move, which was finished when Foley unselfishly pulled the ball across goal for David Palmer to net against his former club.

At half-time, Shields made six substitutions, and it took some time for the match to settle back into a rhythm.

They clicked back into gear, though, with some superb possession football, and a fourth goal arrived when Julio Arca threaded a pass through the middle for Foley, who beat two defenders before dinking the ball over Newbrook.

Seaham were denied a second goal soon after, with Nicky Kane denied by an impressive stop, while at the other end, a superb double save by Newbrook kept out shots from Stephen Ramsey and Foley.

A superb free-kick by Hetherington from 20 yards handed the home side another goal, but by then the outcome of the match had already been all but decided.

There was no route back into the game for Red Star as Shields closed out a 4-2 victory.

They have just two more friendlies remaining this summer, with the first of those at Crook Town on Tuesday.

SOUTH SHIELDS: Trialist, Baxter (Carson 73), Turner (Scroggins 78), Carson (Riding 46), Storey (Morse 46), Briggs (Wade 46), Palmer, Scroggins (c) (Arca 46), Shaw (Ramsey 46), Trialist (Trialist 46), Foley (Briggs 78).

Goals: Trialist (9), Shaw (24), Palmer (43), Foley (63).

Jon Shaw scored his first goal in a South Shields shirt as the Mariners continued their pre-season preparations with a 2-2 draw at Bedlington Terriers on Tuesday.

After falling behind early on, Shields got themselves into a winning position, but the hosts hit back in the second half as things ended all square.

With the game coming just 48 hours after the Raydale Cup final defeat to Queen of the South, 10 changes were made to the Shields line-up, with four trialists included from the start.

Early on, it looked like they could be in for a tough evening against a Bedlington side which will be looking to bounce back to Northern League Division One next season after being relegated last time out.

The Terriers took the lead on 11 minutes as a pass to the inside-right of the box split the Shields defence, and Jon Wright fired low into the net.

The Mariners responded immediately, and were level soon after when a trialist slotted a ball through to Shaw, who made no mistake from the inside-left of the box, hitting it low across goal and in.

From then, Shields looked more comfortable as they started to dominate possession.

Shaw headed wide after a fine cross from the right, while Ben Riding almost gave his side the lead when his shot squirmed under the home goalkeeper, who managed to bring the ball back under control as it trickled towards the line.

Shields’ spell of pressure was rewarded 13 minutes before half-time when Riding sent a tremendous ball over the top for one of the trialists, who controlled it well before sending in a low shot which had too much for the goalkeeper.

Two minutes before the break, the visitors went agonisingly close to extending their lead, but this time another trialist rattled an effort against the crossbar.

A number of changes were made in the second half, and the home side drew level on the hour mark after capitalising on a mix-up at the back.

Bedlington were improved at this stage, and almost went ahead when a flowing move led to a shot being smashed against the bar.

Both teams had chances in the closing stages, but the closest either came to claiming a winner was when substitutes Robert Briggs and Stephen Ramsey combined for Shields, with the latter hitting an effort off the post.

The Mariners will be back in action on Saturday, when they travel to Whitby Town for a 3pm kick-off.

A 49-seat coach is going to the game, which will include the Shields players and management. There are places available for supporters, costing £15 each, and they can be bought by calling 0191 454 7800 or visiting Mariners Park.

SOUTH SHIELDS: Trialist, Trialist (Galpin 55), Riding (Storey 63), Carson (Baxter 71), Morse (Trialist 53), Trialist (Wade 57), Trialist (Ramsey 77), Scroggins (c) (Briggs 57), Shaw (Byrne 71), Trialist (Teasdale 61), Phillips.

Goals: Shaw (14), Trialist (32).