Tee looks ahead to Warrington challenge

Tee looks ahead to Warrington challenge

Conor Tee has told of the excitement in the South Shields camp ahead of Saturday’s meeting with in-form Warrington Town.

It’s fifth against third at Cantilever Park as the Mariners make the trip to Cheshire for Kevin Phillips’ first game as manager.

The reverse fixture saw Shields seal a 3-2 win in September, but Warrington have lost just one of their last 14 games to move into the play-off positions under Mark Beesley, who was appointed manager two months ago.

Tee feels the Mariners’ mindset will be key this weekend.

He said: “Everyone is ready for the challenge of Saturday.

“We know what we need to do and what the task is.

“From playing them earlier in the season, we know it’s going to be a tough game.

“We’ll have to be on our A game but if we go there with the right mindset, there’s no reason we can’t win the three points.

“Training has been really positive and everyone is on board.

“There is a good morale in the group and hopefully that will help us to three points.”

Tee was in Leicester’s youth ranks while his new manager Phillips was a first-team coach at King Power Stadium.

Phillips will meet the Shields squad for the first time on Thursday ahead of overseeing training, and Tee is looking forward to the challenges which lie ahead.

He added: “Everyone is excited to get to know him.

“It will be interesting to find out how he wants us to play and what his ambitions are.

“I didn’t really come into too much contact with him at Leicester but I remember seeing him around the building and it will be nice to see a familiar face.

“His career speaks for itself and he’ll be someone we can all learn from.”

Tee was also quick to praise Graham Fenton, who was relieved of his first-team management duties on Sunday.

He said: “We’ll always appreciate everything Graham did for us, and on a personal note I’ll always be grateful to him for bringing me to the club.

“I can’t thank him enough for everything he did for us.

“We’re third in the league and Graham has been a massive part of that.

“All the players appreciate what he did and wish him nothing but good luck for the future.”