Fun for South Shields despite clash being called off

Adam Sakr scores in training. Pic: Peter Talbot
Adam Sakr scores in training. Pic: Peter Talbot

South Shields were denied the chance to make it 16 wins in a row on Saturday as their game at Easington Colliery fell victim to the weather.

The pitch at Welfare Park was waterlogged, and was deemed unplayable early in the day.

However, the Mariners did not let their free afternoon go to waste, and they travelled to the Soccerdome, in North Shields, for a two-hour training session.

Captain Leepaul Scroggins is confident the ‘competitive’ yet ‘fun’ afternoon has kept Shields ticking over ahead of another crucial run of fixtures, starting with a League Cup tie against Chester-le-Street Town at Mariners Park tomorrow.

The midfielder said: “We really enjoyed it on Saturday. There’s nothing worse when a game has been called off than the coaches saying to you that you’re going to be running the streets for your fitness.

“It was good that they decided on a five-a-side competition, and it was great for our fitness as well as team spirit.

“I’m sure we got more out of that than we would have done by doing pure fitness work.

“You might not realise it at the time because you’re having fun and getting really into it, but you are getting a lot out of it. It was very competitive.”

Results could not have gone much better recently for the Mariners, although their performance level has dipped slightly over the last four games.

For Scroggins, winning is by far the most important thing, but he would like to see Shields improve in time for their FA Vase tie on the 3G pitch at Consett on November 21.

He added: “Our performances haven’t been great in the last few games, but our last three have been on very heavy pitches and it has been difficult to be at our best.

“Sometimes you have to almost accept performances which aren’t brilliant, if you get the points. Winning is the most important thing.

“Of course we want to play well, though, especially in the run-up to the Vase game at Consett.

“That will be on a nice pitch, and we need to be playing well going into that one.

“The run we’re on at the moment is brilliant, and we couldn’t have asked for much better results-wise.

“At the beginning of the season, we said we wanted to go on a run, and that’s what we’ve done.

“Now we want to build a gap between ourselves and the teams in second and third, so that’s giving us the motivation to keep winning.”

Jarrow Roofing’s Northern League Division Onehome clash against West Allotment Celtic also fell victim to the weather, while the Wearside League derby between Jarrow and Boldon CA was also postponed.