West Allotment Celtic vs South Shields Preview
By Daniel Prince
South Shields go in search of their second win in a week tomorrow when they travel to West Allotment Celtic in Northern League Division Two.
The Mariners beat Norton and Stockton Ancients 1-0 on Saturday to register their first win in eight games.
Tomorrow’s game promises to be even more difficult, though, with West Allotment aiming for promotion this season.
They sit fourth in the table having lost just four league games all season, and are well placed to go up.
West Allotment are managed by popular former Shields defender Paul Stoneman, who has helped to revitalise his local club.
A win for the home side will lift them above Jarrow Roofing into third, so they will be full of motivation to earn three points.
Shields, however, will have something to say about that as they look to end the season on a high.
A win would lift Jon King’s side up a place to 15th in the table, while they will still have as many as six games in hand on some of the sides immediately above them.
Just seven league defeats all season demonstrates the Mariners are difficult to beat, although King has stated on numerous occasions that the number of drawn games this campaign – 13 in the league – is far too high.
This game was originally due to be played in early-February, but was one of the numerous games Shields saw postponed in a run of over two months without a league fixture.
The sides last met in December, when 10-man Shields took a deserved point after a 2-2 draw at Peterlee’s Eden Lane.
They will hope to show similar qualities tonight to boost their chances of finishing in the top half.
West Allotment Celtic home record.
P18. W13. D3. L2. F43. A22. Total GD 34. Pts 72. League table position 4th.
Last six games 13 points, form table placing 6th.
South Shields away record.
P13. W3. D6. L4. F20. A27. Total GD -9. Pts 37. League table placing: 16th.
Last six games six points, form table placing 16th.
Ground directions: Continue north after the Tyne Tunnel until the A191 turn. Take the left turn signposted Gosforth and Newcastle and proceed for three miles. The ground is on the left. Blue Flames Sports Ground, Whitley Park, Whitley Road, Benton, Newcastle, for satnavers. NE12 9FA, telephone number 0191 2700 885.
South Shields’ next game is against Tow Law Town on Saturday in what will be the Lawyers’ 3000th Northern League fixture. Admission for the game, at Ironworks Road, is free.