Under-18s set to get FA Youth Cup campaign underway

South Shields’ Under-18s will begin their bid to emulate last season’s achievements in the FA Youth Cup when they travel to Consett on Thursday.

The young Mariners memorably reached the third round of the competition in 2019-20, beating the likes of Harrogate Town, Morecambe and Hartlepool United before falling at the hands of a richly talented Fulham side.

Jon Shaw and Wess Brown’s team will again start in the preliminary round in 2020-21 as they travel to Consett, whose first-team reached the final of the FA Vase at the weekend.

The match will take place at Belle View (DH8 7BF) and is set to kick-off at 7.30pm, with admission costing £2 for adults and £1 for concessions.

The winners will travel to North Shields – who the Mariners defeated on their run to round three last season – in the first qualifying round.