South Shields up for the cup as they host Bridlington Town

South Shields celebrate a goal in the 5-0 thrashing of Brighouse Town on Tuesday. Image by Peter Talbot.
South Shields celebrate a goal in the 5-0 thrashing of Brighouse Town on Tuesday. Image by Peter Talbot.

Graham Fenton is looking for more from his South Shields players as they start their FA Cup campaign tomorrow – despite a 5-0 win in midweek.

Shields take on Bridlington Town in a 12.30pm kick-off at Mariners Park in the preliminary round of the competition.

The Mariners thrashed Brighouse Town 5-0 on Tuesday to make it two wins from two in the Evo-Stik North, but joint manager Fenton insists there is more to come from his side.

He said: “We know we can be better, without a doubt, and that’s what we’ve got to aspire to.

“There’d have been no point in us coming away from Tuesday’s game thinking ‘we’ve won 5-0 and everything is rosy’.

“We know that there are still things to tighten up on and improve on, and that’s the mentality that we have.

“We got together for training again last night and worked on a few things.”

Bridlington are managed by former professional footballer and boxer Curtis Woodhouse, and play in the Northern Counties East League Premier Division.

Fenton is expecting a tough test, but insists Shields are determined to progress.

He added: “The FA Cup is a big competition for us, because if you can get on a good run, it brings in some good revenue for the club as well.

“If you get through three or four rounds, the money starts rising quite rapidly.

“It would give us some good momentum as well in terms of bringing more people in through the gates.

“If we can keep on improving, and get a positive result tomorrow, hopefully we can go on a decent run in this competition.”

Shields are waiting to hear whether Carl Finnigan will be available for the 12.30pm kick-off after appealing against the red card he picked up in the win at Trafford last Saturday, while Gavin Cogdon is back from holiday.

Admission – paid at the turnstiles – is £8 for adults, £6 for students and over-65s, and £2 for under-16s.