Washington are the visitors to Mariners Park on Tuesday as South Shields begin life under Lee Picton and Graham Fenton.

It is the first match since the managerial change over the weekend, and will see the Mariners aiming to leapfrog Shildon and North Shields into top spot in Northern League Division One.

A number of Shields’ former players could line up against them for the Mechanics, with Daryll Hall, Ibby Hassan, Lewis Galpin, Dale Connor and Andy Brown all having made the move there during the summer, as well as coach David Hall.

Washington currently sit 19th in the table, but have played just four games and will now be aiming to kick-start their season.

The Mariners are expecting a difficult encounter against a side whose season highlight so far was a 2-0 win at Newton Aycliffe in the FA Cup.

Speaking before the managerial change, Picton said: “They’ve got a few of the club’s ex-players, so they might feel they have a point to prove.

“If we can start like we started and finished the game on Saturday, we’ll have every chance of picking up another three points, but we know it will be difficult.”

Julio Arca is also expecting Washington to put up a tough fight in the game.

He said: “Players move around every season, and you’re going to play against former team-mates from time to time.

“Washington have a few lads that were here last season, and they’re going to try to come here, work hard and get a win for them, which is fair.

“We have to go again. We need to concentrate for 90 minutes, get another win and hopefully stay up there in the table.”

Kick-off at Mariners Park is at 7.30pm, and admission – to be paid at the turnstiles – is £6 for adults, £4 for over-65s and £2 for under-16s.

The club is delighted to announce the signing of goalkeeper Joss Carmichael.

Joss, who also had a spell at Mariners Park in the 2010-11 season, has rejoined the club from Washington.

He played for the Mariners in the second half of Saturday’s 1-0 win at Whitby Town, and says he cannot wait to get started in his second spell with the club.

The 28-year-old, from South Shields, said: “I’m very excited.

“Everyone knows what’s happening at Shields. It’s hopefully going to be a big club and they’re looking to go a long way, so it’s a great excitement to be part of it.

“I absolutely loved my first spell here. It’s a great club with great fans.

“It was a shame what happened with the enforced move to Peterlee, but they seem to be going the right way now and it’s fantastic to be a part of what’s happening.”

Joss is now set to link up again with Shields goalkeeping coach Simon Parkin, who was a player for the club in his first spell at Mariners Park.

He added: “I can’t wait to work with Simon.

“Everyone knows that he’s a character and great in the dressing room.

“It will be a pleasure working with him again. He has got a lot to pass on.”

Joss will also renew links with fellow goalkeeper Liam Connell.

He said: “I’ve been at Dunston with Liam, and we started at Chester-le-Street together, which was a good 10 years ago. I’ve known him for a long time.

“He’s a very good goalkeeper and it will be a good battle.

“It’s good to have competition, and hopefully that will push me on, and we’ll have a good fight for the No1 jersey.”

As well as Dunston UTS and Washington, Joss has played for Sunderland RCA during his time away from Mariners Park.

Welcome back to the club, and we wish you all the best for your time here!

South Shields secured an impressive 2-1 win over Washington on Saturday to book their place in the first round of the FA Vase.

Goals from Andrew Bulford and Jonny Wightman sealed the victory at Mariners Park, booking a first round tie with Bishop Auckland.

Below is a set of images from the game at Mariners Park, captured by Peter Talbot. They can be viewed in full here: In Pictures – South Shields 2-1 Washington


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