South Shields urged to kick on after reaching cup semi-final

DOUBT ... Stephen Ramsey.
DOUBT ... Stephen Ramsey.

JON King insists there is more to come from his South Shields side after they reached the semi-finals of the Ernest Armstrong Memorial Cup in midweek.

The Mariners travel to Chester-le-Street Town in Northern League Division Two tomorrow on the back of Tuesday’s comfortable 3-0 win over Birtley Town at Peterlee.

Shields’ run to the last four of the cup competition has lifted everyone at the club, and manager King was delighted with their display in midweek.

However, he has highlighted areas for his side to improve in, and wants them to be more clinical in front of goal.

King said: “It was a really good performance from the lads on Tuesday, and to get three goals and a clean sheet was fantastic. The lads were fantastic, and the only disappointing thing for me was we didn’t win by more goals.

“I know that might sound a little bit silly, and 3-0 was great, but we created lots and lots of chances, which is fantastic for the team.

“It was just disappointing we didn’t kill the game off a little bit earlier.

“We need to be even more clinical, but the most positive thing is we are creating chances.

“We’ve also improved at the back recently, with Ben Riding and Michael Turner coming in to go with the good defenders we already had, and I’m sure if we keep a settled side, we’ll go on and get more clean sheets this season.”

In the league, Shields are 16th, but are still aiming for a top 10 finish this season. They are 11 points off that at present, so will need to pick up plenty of points quickly to achieve that goal, but King wants his team to “kick on” by using Tuesday’s performance as a benchmark.

He added: “I said to the lads before Tuesday’s game to make sure they kept our season alive, as we didn’t want it to peter out. We’re only a game away from a final now, which the club hasn’t had for a few seasons, so it would be nice to get there and get some good support behind us.

“The positivity of the cup run will hopefully also help us in the league as we try to push on towards the top 10.

“Tomorrow is going to be difficult against Chester-le-Street, and I think (manager) Colin Wake has good a good job there.

“They are not on a great run, but this league is tough, and we need to go there with the right mentality if we are to get the result we want.

“Hopefully the lads can kick on from Tuesday’s performance and go and get three points to get us towards the top 10.”

Stephen Ramsey and Chris Locke are doubts after being forced off during Tuesday’s game, while Alex Kempster and Paul Kane could return for the 3pm kick-off at Moor Park.

n JARROW Roofing travel to Newcastle Benfield tomorrow looking to bounce back from their Durham Challenge Cup exit in midweek.

Roofing bowed out of the competition despite a brave performance against Gateshead Reserves.

They still sit sixth in the Northern League Division One table and maintain hopes of a strong finish to the campaign.