Sports on the Road: South Shields (A) Match Preview

Sports embark on their second longest away trip of the season on Saturday as they travel the 326 mile round trip up to Newcastle to face newly promoted side South Shields. The Mariners have had a very successful couple of seasons gaining back to back promotions from the Northern League and Evo Stik Div One North and now sit just outside the play off places in this seasons Premier Division as they look for a third consecutive promotion. South Shields have recently launched a plan to reach the Football League and you have to say that attracting between 1,500 and 2000 fans for home games at this level you can see how this can be achieved. This will be an incredibly difficult game for Sports playing in front of a large crowd and probably without possession for most of the game so they will have to make sure that any opportunity they get they make the most of, unlike Tuesday nights defeat. However Sports can go into the game with no pressure and enjoy it as South Shields will be the overwhelming favorites so anything can happen.

The Mariners last fixture was a home FA Trophy Tie with fellow Evo Stik Premier side Hyde United. Carl Finnigan and Dillon Morse netted for Shields either side of a Jordan Fagbola goal to set up an away tie with Stratford Town in the next round. Sports last fixture was of course the heart breaking 1-0 defeat at home to Stratford Town with Mike Taylor getting the winner in the 87th minute, so Sports will be looking to bounce back from this recent disappointment.

Niall Dorran still out. Jake Scott is unlikely to be fit as well. Lewis King is also available after his three match ban. Apart from that everybody else is presumed fit and available if selected.

The game is taking place at South Shields Mariners Park, Shaftesbury Avenue, South Shields, NE34 9PH. Admission prices are set at £10 Adults, £8 Concessions and £3 for Under 16’s with Under 12’s FREE with a full paying Adult. Tickets can be bought online to print off via this link but admission on the turn-style is of course still available. Match day programmes as well as hot and cold food and drink will as always be available inside the ground with alcoholic beverages available inside the clubhouse.

Then no need to worry, Press & Media Officer Sam Goldsworthy will be at the game keeping you up to date via the usual platforms of Twitter & Facebook, with match reaction on Mickleover Sports TV (Youtube) after the game!

Don’t forget that we will also be doing live match commentary on Mixlr during the game. For this match Sam will be joined by close friend and Belper Town fan Tom Whewell who will offering his opinion on the game during the commentary. Either download the app or go onto the website and search for Mickleover Sports. Once the broadcast has gone live at around 2:50pm click listen and you should be able to enjoy full match commentary. You can access our page by clicking on this link… .

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