Manager King sets target for South Shields

TARGET ... Jon King.
TARGET ... Jon King.

JON King has set his South Shields side the target of winning each of their three remaining games to finish the season on a high.

The Mariners ended a run of seven games without a win in all competitions on Monday with a 2-1 victory at Esh Winning.

Shields host Birtley Town at Peterlee tomorrow, and will then face Ryton & Crawcrook and Stokesley in their final two fixtures, also at home.

The way his side held on for three points on Monday despite the late sending off of Stephen Ramsey pleased King, who has challenged them to show the same “character” in the final three matches.

The Shields manager said: “We’ve got three home games, and we’ll have a lot stronger squad this weekend, as it has been quite threadbare recently.

“It would be great to finish the season on a positive with another three wins to make it four on the spin.

“We’ll need to show the same character we did on Monday, as we showed a lot of resilience towards the end.

“The players all worked hard for each other, and nine times out of 10, if you work hard you will get your rewards.”

Two of 15th-placed Shields’ final three games in Northern League Division Two are against sides below them in the table, but King has warned against complacency.

He added: “The fact the games are winnable on paper means nothing.

“You could get maximum points against the top sides and lose against the teams lower down, which has already happened to us this season.

“On paper, of course they are games we can win, but we have to be right mentally.”

Top scorer Paul Kane is unavailable for Shields tomorrow, but Chris Renshaw, Michael Turner, Nicky Evans and Gary Crutwell should be back.

Baptiste Fixot will miss out again with a hamstring injury for the 3pm kick-off at Eden Lane.