Tow Law Preview

By Daniel Prince

South Shields are set to travel to Tow Law Town tomorrow (Saturday) for their penultimate game of 2014.

The Mariners have beaten Tow Law twice already this season at Peterlee, but manager Jon King is expecting a different proposition at Ironworks Road.

He said: “There has just been a change of manager at Tow Law, so there’s always a danger they could lift their game.

“You never know the affect a manager is going to have, and Tow Law is always a tough place to go anyway.

“Personally, I doubt whether the game will go ahead because weather conditions are often bad there, but we will certainly be preparing as normal for the game.”

Shields have not played since a 2-1 Ebac Northern League Division Two loss to Ryhope CW on December 6.

They sit 16th in the table, but King has been pleased with recent performances, with the Mariners having won two and drawn one of their three fixtures prior to the Ryhope defeat.

He added: “We have played well in most of our recent games, and it has just been a shame about a few of the results.

“We thoroughly deserved at least a point against Ryhope, but for all the possession we have had recently, we need to create and take more chances.

“When you’re not taking your chances or making the most of your possession, and you’re giving the odd silly goal away at the other end, you will lose points.”

The break Shields have had since their last game has given a chance to the likes of Aron Burn, Adam Sharp and Stephen Ramsey to shake off knocks.

King said: “Aron has had a hamstring injury, but this rest should do him lots of good, and I expect him to be available for the Tow Law game.

“Adam Sharp is fine, and Stephen Ramsey has just had a few niggles, but is OK.

“The break has given the lads carrying knocks the chance to fully recover, and we should be in good shape going into tomorrow’s game.”

Lee Maitland will serve the final match of his suspension in the 3pm kick-off.

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Postcode of Ironworks Road: DL13 4EQ.