South Shields’ fate in their own hands yet again

Clayton Fox.
Clayton Fox.

South Shields go into their final two DN2 league games knowing nothing short of maximum points is acceptable.

The Hedworth Hall sponsored side go into the game in the relegation zone for the first time since October after a heavy defeat last week, and a Blyth win saw the Tyneside outfit leapfrog Shields.

The side now know that defeat to Sunderland and a Blyth bonus-point victory could see them relegated, so there really is all to play for tomorrow.

In the fixture earlier in season, Sunderland were convincing winners at Ashbrooke, running out 41-10 winners against a Shields side missing a host of key players.

Now at home, South Shields will fancy their chances and knowing their fate is no longer in their own hands, the side can only secure a win and hope basement club Seaton Carew do them a favour when Blyth visit Hornby Park.

If Shields can secure a victory, they travel to Winlaton on the final day of the season, where again nothing short of maximum points will do as champions-elect Redcar travel to Blyth.

Shields welcome back captain Clayton Fox to the forwards, while Kris Scott could be available.

Mathew Soroka should pass fit and be available, while Liam Newall could start at full-back in place of missing Mark Walker. Jonny Jeffrey could come in for Ian Arkley.

The game is set for a 3pm kick off at Grosvenor Road, South Tyneside College.

South Shields Mariners are also in action as they travel to Preston Village to face North Shields Crusaders.