King glad people are taking notice of Shields now

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JON King feels last week’s impressive win over second-placed Washington will have made people “sit up and take notice” of his South Shields side.

The Mariners’ 2-1 victory over the Mechanics was their fourth win in five games, with James Talbot and Stephen Ramsey both on target for the third game in a row.

The lads have put in some outstanding performances recently, and we were a pleasure to watch last week.

King says the reason behind his team’s form is not “rocket science”, and is down to being able to select a settled side.

The Shields manager said: “We were the underdogs against Washington, and I think everyone outside of our dressing room probably thought they would have a comfortable victory.

“We were excellent, though, and if it had finished 5-1 or 6-1, Washington could have had no complaints.

“Our squad is in the best shape it has been in all season, and it has been like a snowball effect recently, because we’ve got momentum.

“When you beat teams of Washington’s calibre, it makes everyone sit up and take notice, and sides will probably go into games against us with a different mindset now.

“The lads have put in some outstanding performances recently, and we were a pleasure to watch last week.

“We’ve got a settled side and have brought in some very good players recently, and I think that has been the key to our form. It’s not rocket science.”

Shields travel to Heaton Stannington tomorrow in Northern League Division Two, and King is hoping for a rare personal win at Grounsell Park.

He added: “Heaton Stannington is a bit of a bogey ground for me, and I can’t remember ever winning there, even when I was at Morpeth.

“They’ve got a strong side and a united group, so they always make it difficult for you.

“They’ve done well this season, but at the moment, with the squad we’ve got and this settled side, we can be a match for anybody, so we go into every game with confidence.

“The lads are buzzing with confidence and the dressing room is a happy place to be.”

Kick-off at Grounsell Park is at 3pm.