No complacency from table-topping Shields, insists boss King

South Shields have won their last 18 games in all competitions, but have been frustrated in recent weeks by a lack of league fixtures. Image by Peter Talbot.
South Shields have won their last 18 games in all competitions, but have been frustrated in recent weeks by a lack of league fixtures. Image by Peter Talbot.
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Jon King has warned against complacency tomorrow as South Shields look to make it 19 wins in a row.

The Mariners travel to Billingham Town in Northern League Division Two for a 3pm kick-off.

Should the game beat the weather, it will be just Shields’ third league match in the last six weeks, with the weather and the Mariners’ FA Vase run leading to a number of postponements.

Shields came from 2-0 down in August to beat Billingham 3-2 at Mariners Park.

Billingham are 14th in the table, but King insists the Mariners will be taking nothing for granted.

He added: “It’s going to be a tough game. They’re in mid-table and have some good players.

“If we go there with the right mentality, which I’m sure we will, I’m confident we’ll get the three points.

“You only have to look at some of our results earlier in the season, though, to see that we do need to approach it right. We certainly won’t be taking anything for granted.”

Shields will be without the injured Lewis Galpin for the match at Bedford Terrace, while Lewis Teasdale (hand) is a doubt.

The Mariners are confident Julio Arca will be fit to play after a dead leg.

Meanwhile, tickets for the Boxing Day derby between Shields and Hebburn Town at Mariners Park are selling extremely well. More than 500 have already been sold, and the match could become all-ticket if sales continue at the same rate.

Tickets cost £5 for adults, £3 for students and over-65s, and £1 for under-16s.

To buy, call into Mariners Park, in Shaftesbury Avenue, or call 0191 454 7800.

Payments can be made in person by cash or card, or over the phone by card, while they can be posted out for a £1 postage and packaging cost.