South Shields’ Under-18s face a home tie against Stockton Town or Workington in the second qualifying round of the FA Youth Cup.
The young Mariners reached this stage of the competition with a 5-1 victory over Pickering Town, with Olly Cresdee netting a second half hat-trick to help his side come from behind.
Stockton and Workington will battle it out to face Shields when they play their first qualifying round tie on Thursday.
The next round is due to take place on the week commencing September 27th, but the date of the match will be determined in due course.
South Shields extended their 100% away record as three goals in five first half minutes guided them on their way to a 4-0 win at Radcliffe on Tuesday.
The Mariners were in command from the start at the Neuven Stadium but had no lead to show for their dominance until Ntumba Massanka struck just before the half-hour mark.
That prompted further goals in the minutes which followed from Darius Osei and Conor Tee, with Osei wrapping up the scoring late in the game to move Shields two points clear at the top of the Pitching In Northern Premier League.
It was a second trip to Greater Manchester in four days for Graham Fenton’s side following Saturday’s 2-1 victory at Hyde United.
Robert Briggs and Alex Kempster were introduced to the starting line-up in place of Jon Shaw and Will Jenkins and Shields established control from the outset, with Kempster at the heart of much of their brightest play in a left wing-back role.
He created the first opportunity of the game as he motored down the flank and delivered a cross which Massanka fired wide at the near post.
That was a sign of things to come as Shields pressured the Radcliffe goal. Osei was the next to eye an opener after being released down the right of the box, but he dragged his shot wide.
The Mariners looked in confident mood and that feeling was intensified in the 26th minute when Kempster drove inside from the left and slipped the ball to Massanka, whose composed finish opened the scoring.
That was the cue for the floodgates to open as Shields put their hosts to the sword.
The lead was quickly doubled after some excellent play by Will McGowan, who carried the ball through the centre and found Osei on the inside-left channel. He fainted to go inside before switching the ball onto his left foot and powering a low effort through the legs of goalkeeper Cameron Belford.
The away side sensed an opportunity to kill the game off and they effectively did that just beyond the half-hour mark when Callum Ross played in Tee and his shot from the right of the area arrowed into the bottom corner to put his team three goals to the good.
There were opportunities for a fourth in the closing stages of the first half, but the lively Kempster was denied by an interception and Adams’ strike was blocked.
Shields picked up where they left off in the first minute of the second half as Kempster rounded Belford and saw his goalbound effort cleared off the line. He chased the loose ball and was subsequently fouled by Belford, who breathed a sigh of relief when Robert Briggs sent the resulting penalty wide.
At the end of the match, Shields were left to reflect on a number of chances which went begging and could have made the scoreline even more convincing.
The closest they came was in the 56th minute as Blair Adams tricked his way past several players before finding Osei, who scuffed an effort which was cleared off the line in bizarre circumstances by Joseph Cummings, who was on the floor but kept the ball out with his head. The Mariners kept it alive and Belford saved well from Tee to keep the home side’s deficit at three.
Massanka was denied a second goal by a block while at the other end, Rod Orlando-Young fired in a rocket from the left flank which rattled Myles Boney’s crossbar.
Bobby Grant also went close for the hosts with a free-kick which found the side netting, but Shields continued to create most of the openings.
They went close again when Briggs whipped a trademark free-kick towards the top corner, only for Belford to brilliantly tip it onto the bar.
The final say was provided by Osei, who outmuscled his man on the left and cut inside before hitting a sweet strike which took a deflection on its way past Belford and into the corner.
Substitute Sam Hodgson could have added his name to the scoresheet in the closing stages, but Belford was equal to his effort.
The Mariners will look to continue their fine form when they travel to Marske United in the second qualifying round of the Emirates FA Cup on Saturday.
South Shields: Boney, Briggs, Adams (c) (Shaw 60), Ross, Morse, Bodenham, Osei, McGowan (Jenkins 73), Massanka (Hodgson 83), Tee, Kempster. Subs not used: Steavens, Rossiter.
Goals: Massanka (26), Osei (29, 87), Tee (31).
Radcliffe provide the Mariners’ latest test in the Pitching In Northern Premier League when the sides go head-to-head on Tuesday.
It will be a second trip to Greater Manchester in four days for Shields after Saturday’s 2-1 win at Hyde United.
That moved the Mariners two points clear at the top of the table, with Tuesday’s opponents Radcliffe sitting 16th, having averaged a point a game so far.
They defeated Nantwich Town 3-1 on Saturday to register their second league victory of the campaign, and Shields manager Graham Fenton is mindful of the threat which will be posed to his side at the Neuven Stadium.
He said: “Radcliffe never give you an easy game.
“They’ll provide us with another tough challenge and it’s back-to-back away games for us, so the lads have had to recuperate, refuel and get themselves ready.
“We did a light session on Monday with very minimal football to avoid any further accidents and mainly focussed on organisational stuff.
“The lads are in good spirits after Saturday’s game and have prepared well.”
Shields go into Tuesday’s match without right-back Jordan Hunter, who faces a spell on the sidelines after breaking his arm in training on Friday.
The game is also expected to come too soon for Nathan Lowe, but captain Robert Briggs should be in contention to return. Joao Gomes remains a long-term absentee.
Fenton is looking for his side to replicate their second half performance from Saturday, when they turned a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 win.
He added: “We had to work extremely hard for it on Saturday.
“Hyde scored a goal that we were really disappointed with to take the lead, but the players showed great character and tried to do the right things even in the first half when they weren’t at their best.
“They tried to keep playing and unlock the door, and in the second half it was a magnificent performance and we deserved the victory.
“We’ll be looking for similar levels from the start at Radcliffe.”
Kick-off at the Neuven Stadium – which has a post code of M26 3PE – is at 7.45pm and admission prices are £10 for adults, £7 for concessions and £3 for under-18s. Tickets can be bought in advance by clicking here, while cash and card payments will be accepted at the turnstiles.