Welcome to the 18th day of December, which also sees the 18th installment of our SSFC Advent Calendar feature.

Throughout the first 24 days of the month we will attempt to spread a bit of festive cheer, and today’s feature is kicked off by Will McCamley, whose message for fans can be viewed via the tweet below.

Over the first 24 days of December, you will be able to enter a range of competitions to win prizes courtesy of the club and several of its sponsors.

The latest item up for grabs is a South Shields FC matchday hospitality package package.

To enter this competition, supporters must wait until four questions have been asked, with the fourth to be published on Sunday. Supporters will have until 9am the following day to submit all of their four answers together via email to info@southshieldsfc.co.uk.

The first question, asked by Sam Hodgson yesterday, was: Sam Hodgson made his senior debut for South Shields on the same day as Mathew Wade and which other Academy graduate?

Today’s question is: Which club is Will McCamley currently on loan with Shields from?

Remember, don’t submit your answers until the fourth question has been published on Sunday.

We are today launching another competition in partnership with our sponsor Freeman Butchers, with a £25 voucher up for grabs.

TO ENTER VIA TWITTER:

1. Like and retweet the below tweet

2. Make sure you are following the following accounts on Twitter: @SouthShieldsFC, @SSFCFoundation, @SSFCAcademy, @ShieldsLive

TO ENTER VIA FACEBOOK:

1. Like, share and tag three of your friends on the competition posted on the South Shields FC Facebook page on Friday morning.

2. Make sure you like the following pages on Facebook: South Shields FC, SSFC Foundation

We would like to thank Freeman Butchers for their continued support.

We also now highlighting our fifth charity of the month, the Chloe and Liam Together Forever Trust.

The Trust honours teenage sweethearts Chloe Rutherford and Liam Curry through what they loved most and aims to inspire others to follow their dreams in sport or performance.

To find out more about the Chloe and Liam Together Forever Trust, click here. To make a donation, click here.

Over the month, donations will also be encouraged towards the club’s charitable Foundation, which works with hundreds of children each week and does such fantastic work within our community.

To support the Foundation with a donation, please click here.

Thank you for your continued support and keep an eye out for Day Nineteen tomorrow!

South Shields registered their first victory of pre-season on an entertaining night against West Auckland Town at 1st Cloud Arena.

Goals from Nathan Lowe, a trialist and Will McCamley were enough for the Mariners against a strong West Auckland side featuring former Shields players Tom Flynn and Chris Hunter.

It was a positive night’s work for Shields as they showed improved fluency and peppered the West goal with efforts.

They took the lead in the seventh minute as Wouter Verstraaten claimed the ball on halfway and played it into the feet of Lowe, who took two touches before belting a shot which glanced the underside of the bar before finding the target.

The Mariners had an opportunity to double their advantage soon after when Alex Kempster surged down the right and cut inside before firing a left-foot effort past the post.

Shields were in control but their Northern League visitors pegged them back in the 19th minute thanks to some sharp play on the left as Craig Baxter was robbed of possession by Anthony Bell before he squared it to Mason Hurworth, who converted into an empty net.

The home side quickly regained the initiative and went close to going back in front when Jason Gilchrist’s shot from 20 yards was palmed behind by Flynn.

The Mariners had to wait until seven minutes before half-time to regain the lead, with Kempster running in behind down the left before his cross found the head of a trialist, who found the corner of the net.

There were numerous opportunities for a third goal in the remainder of the first half but Gilchrist was denied by the offside flag before Arron Thompson forced Flynn into a low save after some neat work in the middle.

Gary Brown almost made his mark in spectacular fashion 10 minutes into the first half following some superb one-touch play involving Robert Briggs and Kempster, but his eventual left-foot effort was parried. Shields kept the ball alive and a further shot by their trialist forced another save.

Callum Ross sent a long range shot not far wide from distance while the Mariners passed up a glorious opportunity for goal number three when Verstraaten progressed through the centre and opted to pass it onto Will Jenkins, who was unable to get an effort away. The ball eventually squirmed out to McCamley, whose shot trickled against the post as Shields were denied.

They did not have to wait too much longer for their third goal, though, and it arrived when Ross and Mathew Wade combined on the right and the latter sent in a cross which was retrieved by Sam Hodgson and laid off to McCamley, who fired the ball into the roof of the net.

Jenkins and Hodgson both had opportunities in the closing stages to add their names to the scoresheet but there were to be no further goals as Shields registered a 3-1 win.

South Shields: Boney (Coombe 74), Baxter (Wade 61), Adams (Croft 61), Ross (Thompson 30), Morse (Verstraaten 61), Verstraaten (Brown 30), Kempster (McCamley 61), Briggs (c) (Ross 61), Gilchrist (Hodgson 61), Lowe (Jenkins 61), McCamley (Trialist 30). Subs not used: Lockey.

Goals: Lowe (7), Trialist (38), McCamley (73).

SSFC Academy graduate Will McCamley has rejoined the club on loan from Huddersfield Town.

The 19-year-old has penned a deal until January at 1st Cloud Arena and will link up with the first-team squad.

McCamley earned a move to SkyBet Championship side Huddersfield with his stellar performances for Shields’ Academy, where he was nurtured between 2017 and 2019.

The winger’s displays in the club’s run to the second round of the FA Youth Cup in the 2018-19 season particularly caught the eye, and he now has an opportunity to make his mark at first-team level with the Mariners.

Shields joint manager Lee Picton said: “We know Will very well from our time overseeing the academy and he was always someone we were keen to keep a careful eye on moving forwards.

“When the opportunity came to bring him in on loan we felt he would give us an added really interesting option in a wide area.

“Personality-wise, we know Will will be a really good fit for our dressing room and club, and we really look forward to him putting on a Shields shirt again and being an eye-catching player for the fans to watch.”

McCamley will now hope to enjoy his first taste of senior football with the Mariners, having been an unused substitute in an Emirates FA Cup tie against Garforth Town in September 2018.

He joined Hyde United on loan in March but was quickly recalled by Huddersfield when the coronavirus pandemic spiralled, before he was able to make an appearance.

The club would like to thank Catalyst Professional Sports Management for their assistance with this deal.