South Shields FC fans club together to help game pass pitch inspection

A group of volunteers helped to make the pitch playable at Mariners Park. Image by Peter Talbot.
A group of volunteers helped to make the pitch playable at Mariners Park. Image by Peter Talbot.

A group of volunteers clubbed together this morning to get South Shields FC’s game on.

Heavy rainfall over recent days left the playing surface at Mariners Park soft and wet, and the club appealed for help to make it playable.

A group of volunteers helped to make the pitch playable at Mariners Park. Image by Peter Talbot.

A group of volunteers helped to make the pitch playable at Mariners Park. Image by Peter Talbot.

Shields are due to face Tow Law Town from 3pm this afternoon in Northern League Division Two.

A group of about 25 supporters were at the ground this morning armed with pitch-forks as they did their bit to get the match on.

And their hard work was rewarded as the game passed a pitch inspection, providing there is no further rainfall.

A group of volunteers helped to make the pitch playable at Mariners Park. Image by Peter Talbot.

A group of volunteers helped to make the pitch playable at Mariners Park. Image by Peter Talbot.

South Shields vice-chairman Gary Crutwell marks the pitch. Image by Peter Talbot.

South Shields vice-chairman Gary Crutwell marks the pitch. Image by Peter Talbot.

South Shields secretary Philip Reay with referee Steve Rutherford, who passed the pitch fit to play. Image by Peter Talbot.

South Shields secretary Philip Reay with referee Steve Rutherford, who passed the pitch fit to play. Image by Peter Talbot.