South Shields ready to celebrate title with trophy lift at Guisborough – once their work is done

David Foley scores his first goal in the 4-1 win at Ashington on Tuesday. Image by Peter Talbot.
David Foley scores his first goal in the 4-1 win at Ashington on Tuesday. Image by Peter Talbot.

Lee Picton insists South Shields are not going to Guisborough Town merely for a party tomorrow.

The Mariners will lift the Northern League Division One trophy after the match, which kicks off at 3pm.

We’ve laid the gauntlet down to the players ever since we got to the FA Vase final that there are places to be played for

Lee Picton

There is sure to be a carnival atmosphere among hundreds of travelling supporters as they get ready to celebrate the team’s achievement.

However, joint manager Picton says there is still a job to do for the players – in more ways than one.

Although tomorrow will be Shields’ final league game of the season, there are still three cup finals to come.

And Picton insists places in the team remain available for those showpiece occasions – something which should motivate whoever is selected at Guisborough.

He said: “One or two lads have been sitting patiently over the last few weeks and have had to wait more than others for a chance.

“We’ll use this game as an opportunity to give them that, and also to be competitive.

“We’ve laid the gauntlet down to the players ever since we got to the FA Vase final that there are places to be played for.

“There will be another opportunity to play for those places tomorrow, so nobody can afford to take their foot off the gas.

“We’ve got too many good quality players in the dressing room for anyone to do that.”

Shields would end the season on 108 points with a victory at the King George V Ground.

They sealed the championship with a 4-1 win at Ashington in midweek, after which Picton hailed the efforts of everyone involved with the club.

He said: “First of all, the players have all been fully on board with what we’ve tried to do.

“When you’ve got a dressing room all pulling in the same direction, you’re a force to be reckoned with, and that’s what we’ve proved to be over the last two-thirds of the season.

“It has been a whole squad effort, a whole team effort.

“Everyone deserves credit, down to our kitman George McLaughlin, physio Andy Morris, our assistant Martin Scott, and everyone behind the scenes who work their backside off every day for the club.

“It really has been a whole team effort to do this.”

Three coaches laid on by club sponsor Westoe Travel are set to take supporters to tomorrow’s fixture. Seats remain available today by calling 0191 455 2292.

The postcode of the ground is TS14 6LE, while supporters are invited back to Mariners Park to celebrate afterwards.