South Shields will look to build on their excellent win at league champions Shildon on Wednesday when they travel to Morpeth Town tomorrow.
However, the Mariners know they are in for another tough match against a side which won the FA Vase last season and is hotly-tipped to challenge for the title this time around.
We told the lads to enjoy the victory on Wednesday, but we’ve got to hit the reset button nowLee Picton
Second-placed Shields are unbeaten in their last 16 games in all competitions, while Morpeth, in fourth, have won their last five in the league.
The teams last met in January, with Peth winning a dramatic FA Vase tie on penalties following a 3-3 draw, before going on to win the competition.
Mariners joint manager Lee Picton has told his side to “hit the reset button” as they aim to claim another important victory at Craik Park.
He said: “We told the lads to enjoy the victory on Wednesday, but we’ve got to hit the reset button now.
“The challenges keep coming thick and fast.
“We’ve got Saturday at Morpeth, then Tuesday against Dunston and the Vase game a week on Saturday.
“We’ve got to keep our focus.”
Gavin Cogdon continued his fine form on Wednesday as he scored the winning goal for the second time in a week, having beaten Ashington with a stoppage time strike last Saturday.
Picton is full of praise for the former Spennymoor Town man.
He added: “It’s great seeing Gav in this sort of form.
“He can have a great impact upon any side and against any defence.
“I can remember from my playing days, he wasn’t one of the forwards I used to like playing against, and I can imagine it’s the same for defenders now. Every player was absolutely fantastic on Wednesday and we’re thoroughly looking forward to tomorrow now.”
On Wednesday’s performance, Picton said: “I thought the lads just stepped it up a level.
“I said to them after the previous game that I thought we were ready for the next level of opposition, and that’s no disrespect to the teams we had played.
“I think we were ready for Wednesday’s game and that showed itself in the 90 minutes.”
Morpeth are in fine form themselves, and warmed up for tomorrow’s match by thrashing Ryhope CW 7-1 on Wednesday.
Shields forward David Foley knows the team is in for another difficult test, but is eager for the Mariners to “put one over” on the side which ended their Vase dreams last season.
He said: “It’s a massive game.
“They’re another top side and we’ve got a bit of history against them, so it would be nice to put one over them.
“We’ve got a lot of confidence going into the game and Wednesday was a massive win, considering who we were up against.
“They are the champions from last season, and I think it was probably our biggest challenge so far this season.
“It was probably the best we’ve played so far as well.
“They are the standards we have to aim for and beat. We can take massive confidence from that.”
Shields are without the injured Louis Storey and Stephen Ramsey, as well as the suspended Dillon Morse, heading into tomorrow’s 3pm kick-off.
The match is being played at Morpeth’s Craik Park, which has a post code of NE61 2YX.