South Shields put perfect record on the line in North Wales

Craig Baxter, right, picks up the award for being named South Shields' Player of the Month for August from Nyall Matthias, of club sponsor Shaun Matthias.
Craig Baxter, right, picks up the award for being named South Shields' Player of the Month for August from Nyall Matthias, of club sponsor Shaun Matthias.

South Shields are hoping for more Holmes comforts tomorrow – 220 miles away from home.

The Mariners are travelling to North Wales to take on on Colwyn Bay as they aim to extend their lead at the top of EVO-STIK North.

Jamie Holmes inspired them to their latest two victories, scoring twice in the wins over Witton Albion and Ossett Albion.

That earned the 19-year-old much praise from joint manager Lee Picton, who has also been delighted by the desire of the former Newcastle United youngster.

Picton said: “Jamie was absolutely outstanding in the second half against Ossett Albion on Tuesday and gave us exactly what we needed.

“His finishes were absolutely brilliant.

“He nestled both of them right in the bottom corner and gave the goalkeeper no chance.

“He showed a great level of hunger and desire out of possession as well.

“If you’re playing in a team that has got somebody doing that at the top end of the pitch, it should give people the desire and encouragement to follow suit and match those standards being set.”

Picton is expecting a difficult match tomorrow against a Colwyn Bay side sitting 10th in the table.

He added: “It’s going to be a really tough test because it’s our longest away trip.

“That in itself is going to be difficult.

“Hopefully we’ve learned from the trip at Witton Albion last weekend, and that will hold us in good stead at Colwyn Bay.”

Shields welcome back Barrie Smith for tomorrow’s 3pm kick-off at Llanelian Road, which has a postcode of LL29 8UN.

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