Team Northumbria Preview
By Daniel Prince. Image by Peter Talbot.
South Shields and Team Northumbria go head-to-head at Mariners Park on Tuesday in the first of two fixtures in five days between the sides.
Tuesday’s game is a League Cup tie, but the two teams will also face each other on Saturday in a league fixture at Mariners Park.
Shields go into the double-header on the back of two victories in a row in all competitions, with last Tuesday’s 5-0 win over Crook Town in the Durham Challenge Cup followed up by a 4-0 victory at Brandon United in Ebac Northern League Division Two.
The display against Brandon was possibly the Mariners’ best of the season to date, according to manager Jon King.
He said: “It was a good, solid performance from us, and arguably our best of the season so far.
“A second clean sheet on the spin was also very pleasing, and we’ve also scored nine goals in our last two games, so we’re in good shape.
“Brandon were top of the form table and are one of the highest scorers in the league, but they didn’t look like scoring against us. We defended really well.
“We should have been five or six up at half-time, but our conversion rate was a lot better in the second half.”
Team Northumbria are top of Division Two, having picked up 24 points in their first 11 games. Shields are fourth on 20 points, having played one match fewer.
King added: “We’re facing top opposition over the next few days. Team Northumbria have got almost every player on a contract, and their squad is full of talented lads.
“For me, they are one of the favourites for the title, so we know we’re in for a tough test.
“Everyone knows that the most important thing is the league, but we really want to do well in all of the cup competitions as well. We’ll be taking this game as seriously as any other.”
Shields will be without the injured David Foley for the 7.30pm kick-off at Mariners Park, but Leepaul Scroggins is available again after serving a one-match suspension.
Entry is £5 for adults, £3 for students and over-65s, and £1 for under-16s.
Adam Sakr is on the front cover of the programme for the game (pictured below) – you can buy your copy at the ground!