South Shields ready for top-of-the-table clash with Chester-le-Street

South Shields manager Jon King is guarding against complacency ahead of tonight's top-of-the-table clash at Chester-le-Street. Image: Peter Talbot.
South Shields manager Jon King is guarding against complacency ahead of tonight's top-of-the-table clash at Chester-le-Street. Image: Peter Talbot.

South Shields could move eight points clear at the top with a victory at second-placed Chester-le-Street tonight – but manager Jon King insists everyone at Mariners Park is keeping their feet firmly on the ground.

Shields eased to a 4-0 victory at Esh Winning on Saturday as they made it 10 wins in a row.

It’s 10 wins in a row for us and things couldn’t be going much better, but we have to guard against complacency

Jon King

It is a run of form which has seen them leapfrog Chester-le-Street into top spot in Northern League Division Two ahead of tonight’s meeting between the sides at Moor Park.

The Cestrians were beaten 2-1 at home by Tow Law on Saturday, but King has been hugely impressed with their start to the season.

He said: “It’s a very big game, with both teams going really well at the moment.

“It’s 10 wins in a row for us and things couldn’t be going much better, but we have to guard against complacency.

“Chester-le-Street are a tough team and have proved themselves as one of the best in the division so far this season. As far as we’re concerned, it’s still very early days in the season, and we aren’t getting carried away with the last few weeks and our current position.

“It would be great, though, to get another win against a team around us.”

Shields will hope to welcome back Lewis Galpin for the 7.30pm kick-off, but will be without the suspended Barrie Smith.

With another strong travelling support expected to make the journey to Moor Park, supporters are being advised about restricted parking immediately outside the ground. There will be no available parking space in the clubhouse car park, and spectator parking will be mainly up Waldridge Lane, which is on the other side of the dual carriageway.

Meanwhile, HEBBURN TOWN host Crook Town tonight as they go in search of a first league win since August.

Striker Channon North – who scored 40 goals last season – has been backed to rediscover his scoring touch by manager Scott Oliver after missing two good opportunities in Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Heaton Stannington. He said: “We were spoilt by Channon’s goals last season. He is working hard to put his chances away.”

Kick-off is at 7.30pm at the Hebburn Sports and Social Ground.