South Shields suffered an agonising defeat on penalties as their promotion hopes were dashed by Warrington Town at 1st Cloud Arena.

Darius Osei handed the Mariners a first half lead in the play-off semi-final but Jordan Buckley hit back for the visitors after the break.

Both sides had opportunities to win the tie in extra-time but after they could not be separated over 120 minutes, it went to spot-kicks.

Two saves from Daniel Atherton ensured Warrington prevailed to take their place in the final against Scarborough Athletic.

Full report to follow.

South Shields: Boney, Hunter, Adams (c), Shaw, Morse, Bodenham, Wilding (Rose 74), Briggs, Hooper (Hodgson 90+1), McGowan (Jenkins 110), Osei. Subs not used: Tee, Kempster.

Goal: Osei (19).

Attendance: 2,014.

Image: Kev Wilson.

South Shields take on Warrington Town on Tuesday in the semi-final of the Pitching In Northern Premier League play-offs (7.45pm kick-off).

The sides finished second and fifth respectively in the regular season, and will now do battle for a place in next Monday’s play-off final.

Both league meetings between the sides ended in entertaining victories for Shields, who secured a 3-2 win at 1st Cloud Arena in September and a 2-1 triumph in the reverse fixture in January in what was Kevin Phillips’ first game in charge of the Mariners.

Manager’s view

Phillips experienced both sides of the play-off coin in his playing days, from the agony of missing out on promotion to the Premier League with Sunderland via a penalty shootout to the ecstasy of scoring the winner as Crystal Palace reached the top flight.

Shields are two wins away from a promotion of their own and have home advantage courtesy of their higher final league position.

Phillips said: “I’ve had plenty of experience of play-offs in my career, good and bad.

“We’ve got home advantage, but in play-offs that doesn’t count for a lot because it’s about who turns up on the night, who is brave and who plays to their gameplan.

“You have to play the game and not the occasion.

“Warrington will fancy their chances but it’s up to us as individuals to get ourselves ready for the challenge.

“We know we can beat anyone on any given day.”

Shields and Warrington have history when it comes to the play-offs.

They met in the Pitching In Northern Premier League play-off final in 2019, when Warrington came from behind to win 2-1.

Due to a league restructuring, that victory did not earn the Yellows promotion to National League North and they were instead forced into a super play-off final against King’s Lynn Town, which they suffered defeat in after extra-time.

A big crowd is expected at 1st Cloud Arena on Tuesday as the two teams look to take a big step towards promotion.

Phillips feels the fans could play a big part.

He added: “We’ve got to stick together, because we all want the same thing and we’ve got a fantastic opportunity in front of us.

“Our destiny is in our own hands, and we know that if we win two matches we’ll be promoted.

“First and foremost, we’ve got to put in a great performance and get the result we need on Tuesday.

“It won’t be easy and they’re huge matches, but I’m sure our supporters will be there in their thousands and get behind us.

“We’ll be looking to put on a show for them.”

Team news

Phillips is set to have a strong squad to choose from, with just long-term absentee Callum Ross expected to be missing.

Matchday information

Kick-off at 1st Cloud Arena is at 7.45pm and tickets are available in advance by clicking here, while there will also be cash turnstiles. Admission prices – which can be paid at the turnstiles – are £10 for adults, £8 for students, over-65s and disabled supporters, and £3 for under-16s. The gates will open at 5.30pm.

The other semi-final also takes place on Tuesday, with Scarborough Athletic at home to Matlock Town.

Should either game be level after 90 minutes, the tie will go to extra-time and then penalties.

If you are unable to attend the game, follow live updates on the club’s Twitter channel, www.twitter.com/southshieldsfc.

Tickets for Tuesday’s Pitching In Northern Premier League play-off semi-final against Warrington Town are now on sale to South Shields season ticket holders.

The priority period for season ticket holders will run until 1pm on Monday, when the remainder of the tickets will go on general sale.

Tickets are priced at £10 for adults, £8 for students, over-65s and disabled supporters, and £3 for under-16s. They are available by clicking here.

During the priority period, each season ticket holder will be able to purchase one ticket – or the number of tickets linked to their online account – and those with a seat will be able to purchase their own seat only. Any unsold seats will go on general sale at the conclusion of the priority period.

Balcony season ticket holders are asked to purchase a general ticket and then show their season ticket at the balcony on Tuesday to gain access.

Kick-off at 1st Cloud Arena will be at 7.45pm.