South Shields looking for seventh straight win tonight

South Shields' players celebrate their second goal against Washington on Saturday. Picture by Peter Talbot.
South Shields' players celebrate their second goal against Washington on Saturday. Picture by Peter Talbot.

Jon King says his South Shields players must keep their feet on the ground as they look to make it seven wins in a row tonight.

The Mariners’ season reached its high point so far on Saturday, with a 2-1 win over Washington sending them into the first round of the FA Vase. Shields host Ryhope Colliery Welfare at Mariners Park tonight, with the second-placed side looking to close the gap on Northern League Division Two leaders Chester-le-Street to a point.

If lads don’t maintain these standards, there’s going to be someone who wants to come in and take their place

Jon King

King, though, has warned his team that they cannot afford to let their standards slip – with other players in the squad waiting in the wings to replace them if they do.

He said: “We need to keep our feet on the ground.

“With the squad we’ve got now, if lads don’t maintain those standards, there’s going to be someone who wants to come in and take their place.

“Hopefully there won’t be any complacency whatsoever.”

Shields were left delighted by Saturday’s victory against a Washington side which is unbeaten in Northern League Division One this season.

King is expecting another stern test tonight.

He added: “We beat one of the best sides in the competition, but Rome wasn’t built in a day and we need to take each game as it comes. We’ve got another massive game against Ryhope, who will be tough.”

Shields will be without the injured David Foley for the 7.30pm kick-off, with the forward expected to return to contention on Saturday.

Meanwhile, the Mariners have been drawn to travel to Bishop Auckland in the first round of the FA Vase.