South Tyneside neighbours Hebburn Town and South Shields will go head-to-head in a “great game for the area” tomorrow.
The two clubs face each other from 11am at the Hebburn Sports and Social Ground.
They are both aiming for promotion from Northern League Division Two this season, and had an eventful Saturday, for different reasons.
Hebburn were involved in a dramatic 2-2 draw at Thornaby, having fallen behind in the first half to a penalty, which came after a disputed decision.
Substitute Shaun Reay rifled in a superb 20-yard free-kick on 80 minutes to level, but Elliot McGlade nudged Thornaby in front again two minutes before the end.
There was still time for another Town equaliser, though, as Glen Hargrave headed home in the last minute to seal a point after a spirited display from Scott Oliver’s side.
Shields, meanwhile, saw their game against Ryhope CW abandoned after just four minutes of play at Mariners Park after a serious injury sustained by midfielder Adam Sakr.
Sakr was knocked unconscious after a collision with Ryhope goalkeeper Christopher Rookes, and after a 90-minute wait for an ambulance, he was taken to hospital with shoulder and facial injuries, as well as back pain.
He will therefore be out of tomorrow’s game, which could see former Mariners players Chris Feasey and James Talbot come up against their former club.
Shields manager Jon King said: “It’s a big derby game. Hebburn are one of the favourites for the league, and did very well last season. They were unfortunate to miss out.
“It will be good to see Chris Feasey, who was a good servant for the club, and James Talbot, who did well for us last season.
“Another of our former players, Chris Locke, is also at Hebburn now, but looks like he’ll miss the game with a dislocated shoulder. I’m sure he’ll be in attendance, though.
“It will be good to see the lads, but let’s get one thing straight – we’re there to win three points.
“It’s a game that we want to do really well in, and I’m sure Scott will want the same for his team. It will be a good game, and I’m sure there’ll be a good attendance.
“Speaking to people who were there on Saturday, and a lot of my friends, I think there’s going to be a good attendance from the South Shields public.
“It’s great for the lads to get backing, and I’m sure we’ll have that. Hopefully they’ll be there in their numbers and hopefully cheer us on to a victory.”
David Foley is also expected to be out for Shields, but Jonny Wightman and Warren Byrne could return.
Hebburn, meanwhile, will be missing nine players, including Marc Costello and Brian Johnson. Neil Scott and Talbot will return after missing Saturday’s game.
Oliver said: “It’s a great game for the area. We have nothing to lose, but we must do better at home.”
Having played six games each, Shields are two points ahead of Hebburn going into the 11am kick-off.