South Shields take on FC United of Manchester on Tuesday as both sides look to kickstart their league campaigns.
The pair were the Pitching In Northern Premier League’s top two when the 2019-20 season was brought to a premature conclusion but have saved much of their exploits so far this term for the Emirates FA Cup, with both qualifying for the first round.
They each go into Tuesday’s fixture at 1st Cloud Arena sitting in the bottom half of the table but after morale-boosting victories over higher-league opposition in the cup on Saturday, confidence is not expected to be an issue for either team.
It is a rematch of March’s classic encounter which saw the Mariners win 5-3 in what proved to be the final match of the campaign, in front of an incredible crowd of over 3,000.
Current restrictions mean this game will be played in front of just 300 spectators, with Shields season ticket holders in bubble 2 (those with a surname which starts between M and Z, as well as those who opted out of the Radcliffe fixture earlier this month) eligible to attend, along with FC United supporters who bought tickets from their club’s allocation.
FC United remain unbeaten in the league but have drawn four of their first five fixtures, while Shields are 12th having won two and drawn three of their seven league matches.
It could prove to be an important encounter.
Shields joint manager Lee Picton said: “FC United come here boasting an unbeaten record so far this season and we cannot afford for the match to be a case of after the Lord Mayor’s show.
“Both sides enjoy playing the game in what I would consider to be the right way, and for the lucky 300 who are in attendance I’m in no doubt that it will be another action-packed encounter with plenty of goalmouth action, hopefully more in their box than ours.
“There was an unbelievable atmosphere at Saturday’s game against FC Halifax Town, despite the fact we were only allowed to admit 300 supporters.
“The energy and passion that they transmitted to the team was incredible and it was hugely appreciated by everyone at the club, and without a doubt the players themselves.
“Hopefully in stages of Tuesday’s game we can give the supporters that are here the encouragement they need to react in exactly the same way and we can bounce off each other to help inspire another victory.”
Kick-off in Tuesday’s game is at 7.45pm and the stream coverage will get started at 7.15pm. This is the link to follow to sign-up for and access the stream: https://bit.ly/2Trmexe
Supporters will be able to watch Tuesday’s Pitching In Northern Premier League match between South Shields and FC United of Manchester via a live stream.
Pre-match coverage will get underway at 7.15pm and will feature an interview with Mariners joint manager Lee Picton before the game gets underway at 7.45pm.
The stream can be accessed via the following link: https://bit.ly/2Trmexe
Season ticket holders
Season ticket holders in bubble one – which mainly consists of those with surnames beginning with a letter between A and L – are entitled to watch the stream for free.
Those who have received their account details previously are advised that those details remain the same and you can log into your account and access the game via the stream link above.
Anyone who has applied for a free stream and has not received login details are advised to check their email inbox as well as their junk and spam folders. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have not previously applied for a free stream.
If you can’t find your details, click on the below link, type in your email address as the username, click submit and wait for the reset password email (again please check all email folders). If the reset password email does go to spam/junk you will need to move it back into your inbox folder before proceeding.
Once the system has confirmed your new password, try and log in again via the Insight4 website.
Non-season ticket holders
Any non-season ticket holders, or season ticket holders in the bubble which is eligible to attend this fixture, can access the game via this link: https://bit.ly/2Trmexe
If you already have an account having purchased a previous stream, please login using those details and you will be required to enter your card details and pay £5 to access the stream. Please ensure you follow the correct game link. Once the payment is processed you will be taken to a page which is titled “South Shields vs FC United of Manchester” and the stream will begin there at 7.15pm.
If you have not previously registered, you will be required to register after clicking the live stream link before being taken to the paywall.
A reminder that this is the correct game link: https://bit.ly/2Trmexe
Thank you for your continued support and enjoy the game.
South Shields have been drawn away to League Two side Cheltenham Town in the first round of the Emirates FA Cup.
The Mariners reached this stage of the competition for the first time since reforming in 1974 with a terrific 2-0 win over National League outfit FC Halifax Town on Saturday.
Their reward is a tie against Football League opposition on the weekend of Saturday, November 7, with the date of the fixture yet to be confirmed.
Cheltenham, managed by Michael Duff, play at Whaddon Road and were play-off semi-finalists last season. They are third in the early League Two table.
The first round tie will be played behind closed doors and it remains to be seen whether it will be chosen for live TV coverage, or whether a live stream will be available to view.
Supporters are advised to regularly check the club’s website and social media channels for updates.
The full first round draw is as follows: