Graham Fenton has provided a positive squad update as South Shields prepare to return to action against Radcliffe on Saturday.

The Mariners’ trip to Mickleover last weekend was postponed after a number of positive COVID-19 cases and injuries, leaving Fenton unable to call upon the minimum number of players required.

However, there is better news on that front leading into the meeting with Radcliffe at 1st Cloud Arena, with all those who were infected with COVID expected to be available.

The prognosis is more mixed when it comes to injuries, but Fenton is hopeful of having a strong squad to select from.

He said: “JJ Hooper’s calf is recovering and although that’s a situation we will need to continue monitoring, we’re hopeful he will be back available on Saturday.

“Conor Tee, Alex Kempster and Joao Gomes have all returned to training without any issues this week and we’re also confident of having them available for selection.

“Cedric Main’s groin is still a bit tight but we are also hopeful on him, but the game will definitely come too soon for Callum Ross and Myles Boney.

“Callum is set to have a scan on his knee this week and we will know more on his situation after that, and we’re expecting to have Myles back in training after his ankle injury in 10 to 14 days.

“Jordan Hunter is progressing well, but again this game will come too soon for him.

“He joined in full contact training this week for the first time since suffering a broken arm, and he is slowly gaining confidence that the arm is strong enough to go back into matches.

“We’re really hoping that we will see Jordan back in a South Shields shirt before the end of January, and can’t wait for the day that happens.”

Goalkeeper Myles Boney and midfielder Nathan Lowe have joined Darlington on loan from South Shields.

The pair have penned month-long deals at Blackwell Meadows, with the Mariners currently unable to play matches or train together due to national coronavirus restrictions.

Darlington’s National League North season is continuing during the national lockdown, meaning Boney and Lowe will be given an opportunity to compete for game-time over the next month.

They are the fourth and fifth Shields players to complete temporary moves to National League North sides, with Blair Adams and Dillon Morse currently at Gateshead, and Jason Gilchrist at York City.

We wish Myles and Nathan well for their loan spells and look forward to seeing them back in Shields colours at the earliest opportunity.

Jordan Hunter and Myles Boney had a starring role as the South Shields duo took part in some lockdown fun with supporters on Saturday.

The players competed with fans in the club’s first live quiz on Zoom, which was hosted by Robert Reed.

Jordan and Myles were pipped to top spot by season ticket holder Andy Gardner, though, as his impressive football knowledge got him over the line.

Andy came flying out of the blocks and looked to be storming to victory before Jordan and Myles closed the gap, with the pair missing out on the win by just five points.

In third place was Gavin Black, with David Charlton completing the top four and Nathan Denton and Millie Griffiths finishing fifth.

Andy’s prize for winning the quiz was a hospitality package for two, which he will be able to redeem at a league match in the 2021-22 season.

Second prize was an SSFC scarf and third prize was an SSFC hat. Jordan and Myles opted to gift their prize to fourth-placed David Charlton.

We would like to thank all who took part in the quiz.

Please look out for details of the next one. We hope you’ll be able to give it a go!