By Daniel Prince
South Shields make their longest trip of the league season tomorrow (Thursday) when they travel to Whitehaven.
The Northern League Division Two fixture had been originally scheduled for December, only for it to be postponed due to the weather.
Last week, it was announced the game would be played this Wednesday, only for it to later be switched to Thursday.
Shields go into the game on the back of Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Tow Law Town, which saw the Lawyers celebrate their record 3000th Northern League fixture.
The Mariners are now into some rhythm of playing games after going so long without a league match between January and March, although it has been a challenge to get a team together for tomorrow’s long trip.
A win for Jon King’s side will see them rise a place to 15th in the table, above Willington on goal difference.
It will also take them past the 40 points barrier, and they will still have 11 more league games to play – six less than some sides.
Whitehaven, meanwhile, sit 17th, three points behind Shields.
However, it would take a victory of more than a 10-goal margin for them to leapfrog the Mariners.
Nevertheless, the two sides seem to be competing for a similar league placing this season, and this match will go some way to deciding which club finishes higher.
When the two met in October, Shields came out on top with a 2-1 victory at Eden Lane.
P14. W7. D2. L5. G26. A27. Total GD -31. Pts 35. League table position: 17th.
Form. Last six games seven points, form table placing 12th.
South Shields. AWAY.
P15. W3. D7. L5. G23. A31. Total GD -10. Pts 38. League table position: 16th.
Form. Last six games six points, form table placing 14th.
For any making the trip over independently, the postcode for the Focus Scaffolding Sports Complex, situated on Coach Road, is CA28 9DD, ground tel. 01946 69224.
South Shields’ next game is at home against Alnwick Town on Saturday, March 29.