South Shields travel to Brandon with Julio Arca available to make first away appearance

Ben Riding says South Shields' challenge is to go on a winning run. Picture by Peter Talbot.
Ben Riding says South Shields' challenge is to go on a winning run. Picture by Peter Talbot.

South Shields have been challenged to go on a winning run after progressing in the Durham Challenge Cup in midweek.

The Mariners thrashed Crook Town 5-0 at Mariners Park after failing to win their previous two matches in the league.

The challenge for us is to put a 10-game run together, or even longer than that, because we know we can do it

Ben Riding

Defender Ben Riding scored twice in the comfortable win on Tuesday, and is now eyeing up more success ahead of tomorrow’s trip to Brandon United, who are eighth.

He said: “The whole team played well on Tuesday, and if we play like that, we should win more often than not.

“We want to make a statement in every game we play.

“Now the challenge for us is to put a 10-game run together, or even longer than that, because we know we can do it.

“We’ve got the players to do it, and we just need to believe in ourselves now.”

Assistant manager Gary Middleton added: “It was a great team performance from us on Tuesday.

“We played with a different tempo and had a lot of forward passes, but in the end it came down to putting the ball in the net, which we hadn’t done of late. Adam Sakr gave us a different dimension on the right – he was outstanding – and now it’s about getting the consistency of winning games and getting into good habits.

“No doubt tomorrow will be another tough game against a Brandon side who have started well, and we’ll have to be at our very best.”

Julio Arca is available to make his first away appearance for Shields in the 3pm kick-off at the Welfare Ground, but captain Leepaul Scroggins is suspended and David Foley remains injured.