South Shields won’t be complacent, warns Graham Fenton

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There will be no complacency from South Shields’ players when they host Coleshill Town in their huge FA Vase clash tomorrow.

That’s the message from joint manager Graham Fenton after seeing his side given a huge scare in the first leg.

Midland Premier League outfit Coleshill took a half-time lead down in Warwickshire, only for Shields to step up a gear and win 2-1 thanks to goals from David Foley and Andrew Stephenson.

Shields are firm favourites to reach Wembley, and will be roared on by a record crowd at Mariners Park.

Fenton, however, is expecting another tough game, but hopes a fast start like they did in the quarter-final against Newport Pagnell can put them on the right track.

“I don’t think we can be complacent as they gave us a real good game,” he said. “There’s certainly no one going ‘right, that’s the job done now’.

“We will go at it from the first whistle and try and get the supporters in the ground on our side and encouraging the lads from the start.

“Hopefully there will be 3,000 to 3,500 there.

“We have to start with a tempo and energy and quality to get the crowd going, much like the Newport Pagnell game where we started really brilliantly and got the goal.

“The crowd gave us a lift from there and we have got to start giving them something to shout about.

“They have got to travel up to us. Staying away from home isn’t easy if you are not used to playing a game the next day.

“We have obviously seen what they are like and they have seen what we are like. We will have a little look at the video footage and come up with a gameplan that will hopefully secure us another win.”