Tow Law Town vs South Shields Preview
By Daniel Prince
South Shields are set to play their part in Northern League history tomorrow when they travel to Tow Law Town.
Tow Law will be playing their 3,000th game in the Northern League – a record for the competition.
Admission for the match at Ironworks Road is free, with Bob Rogers, the grandson of Northern League founder Charles Samuel Craven, set to make a presentation on behalf of the league ahead of kick-off.
Shields will be hopeful of picking up a positive result, and are now back up to speed after missing over two months of league action between January and March due to the weather.
Last Saturday, they beat high-flying Norton and Stockton Ancients, while they held a 2-1 lead at half-time on Tuesday against promotion-chasing West Allotment Celtic, who went on to win 3-2.
Mariners manager Jon King has his sights set on a top-half finish, with the club sitting in 16th place, 10 points off the top 11 but with as many as six games in hand on some of those immediately above them.
He said: “My aim was always to finish as high as we could, and maybe finish in the top half.
“That is still on the cards with all the games we have in hand.
“It’s going to be tough, but I prefer it when the games are coming thick and fast.
“We just need to get our best side out and get some points on the board.
“There are no more excuses because our fitness levels are back up after the long time we had without a game.”
Captain Barrie Smith is still out for Shields with a groin injury, while a number of shift workers could return to contention tomorrow.
The Northern League Division Two match, at Ironworks Road, kicks off at 3pm.
Tow Law Town home record.
P17. W7. D3. L7. F39. A33. Total GD -2. Pts 44. League table position: 14th.
Last six games eight points, form table placing 9th.
South Shields away record
P14. W3. D6. L5. F22. A30. Total GD -10. Pts 37. League table position: 16th.
Last six games five points, form table placing 17th.
South Shields’ next game is at Whitehaven on Wednesday, March 26.