South Shields and Hebburn to complete campaigns


SOUTH Shields and Hebburn Town complete their Northern League Division Two campaigns this weekend.

Shields, who will finish 15th, host Stokesley at Peterlee tonight as they aim to make it four wins in a row.

They thrashed Ryton & Crawcrook Albion 4-0 last week, and manager Jon King is looking for more of the same from his side tonight.

He said: “It was a really good performance against Ryton, and now we want to finish in style against Stokesley.

“If we don’t go into the game in the right frame of mind, though, we’ll get beaten. That’s the way this league is. If we’re right mentally, we should really hurt Stokesley and score goals.”

Shields will be without the suspended Stephen Ramsey and unavailable Steven Hubery, with Christopher Davidson set to be in goal, while Nicky Evans and Ryan Bolam could return for the 7.30pm kick-off at Eden Lane.

Hebburn, meanwhile, travel to Billingham Town tomorrow as they look to put their promotion disappointment behind them.

A 4-3 defeat to Heaton Stannington last week ended their hopes of going up, which left manager Scott Oliver bitterly disappointed.

He said: “We need to finish the season well. We’ll have a chat about the mistakes in recent games that have cost us promotion, then try and get the lads upbeat.

“The planning for next season starts tomorrow.

“I’m disappointed for the committee at Hebburn. They have had a lot to deal with this season off the pitch, and it would have been nice to give them promotion as they have worked their socks off.”

Town will be without the injured Adam Ingram, Marc Costello and Craig Malley.

In the Wearside League, Boldon CA will finish their campaign tomorrow with a trip to Stockton Town, while Jarrow face their penultimate game at Sunderland West End (both 2.30pm).

Meanwhile, Horsley Hill travel to Hartlepool FC Reserves tomorrow (2pm) in the Durham Alliance League.

Fit-again Adam Sharp should be available for the Hill.