King challenges South Shields players to produce ‘performance of their lives’

CHALLENGE ... Jon King.
CHALLENGE ... Jon King.

JON King has challenged his South Shields players to give the “performance of their lives” as they try to make it into the Ernest Armstrong Memorial Cup semi-finals tonight.

The Mariners entertain Birtley Town in the quarter-final of the competition at Eden Lane tonight.

The tie was due to be played at Birtley, but after three postponements, it has been reversed to Peterlee.

Shields were beaten 2-0 by Team Northumbria on Saturday, and are 16th in Northern League Division Two, so King is targeting a serious tilt at bringing silverware to the club this season.

He said: “We’ve had three cancellations, so we’ve all been waiting for weeks to play this tie.

“The positive thing is we’ve got a tie at home, and we’re targeting a really positive performance to try and get through to the semi-finals.

“We played against a very good side on Saturday, and although tonight’s game will be tough, it should not be as difficult, on paper.

“This is cup football, though, and Birtley could give the performance of their lives, so we’ve got to give the performance of our lives.

“We’re not going to get relegated and we’re not going to get into the top six, or wherever, so this is the one thing we have got to do.

“We’ve got to win this cup game and have a really good go. We need to give a star performance, and if we do that, I’m confident we’ll get into the next round.”

Kick-off at Eden Lane is at 7.30pm, with Shields set to be without Chris Renshaw, Craig Roberts and David Molloy.

The winners will travel to Billingham Town in the semi-final.

Meanwhile, HEBBURN TOWN are also in quarter-final action tonight in the Durham Challenge Cup.

Scott Oliver’s side host Easington Colliery from 7.30pm at the Hebburn Sports and Social Ground.