South Shields beat National League Halifax Town to reach FA Cup first round for first time since 1973

South Shields are 90 minutes away from the first round of the FA Cup – standing in their way is National League side Halifax Town.

Saturday, 24th October 2020, 4:56 pm

Our man Liam Kennedy is at the 1st Cloud Arena for the Gazette. Follow all the build-up, action and reaction as the Mariners eye round one proper. Click refresh and scroll down for the latest action and analysis.

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Can South Shields make it to the first round of the FA Cup? Follow every kick, as it happens, here in our LIVE SSFC blog.

FA Cup LIVE: South Shields v Halifax Town

Last updated: Saturday, 24 October, 2020, 15:21

  • South Shields 2 (Osei 40, Briggs 70) Halifax Town 0
  • South Shields can seal a place in the first round proper this afternoon.
  • We will have LIVE updates, action and reaction all here, in our SSFC blog.

Good afternoon and welcome to our LIVE FA Cup blog as our Mariners look to make it to the first round proper of the competition.

Standing in their way today is National League Premier side Halifax Town.

Can South Shields do it? 

Follow every kick of the action, all the build up, reaction and expert analysis in our SSFC blog.



Halifax Town have had an up and down opening to their National League season.

They’ve recorded one win in the opening five games, but have also lost just once.

That run has seen them nestle right in the middle of the fifth tier table in 10th, five points and seven places behind North East outfit Hartlepool United, one of Shields’ FA Cup opponents of recent years.

Will this former Newcastle United defender makes his South Shields debut today?

The players are out...

We’re ready for the off here at the 1st Cloud Arena…

AND WE’RE OFF at the 1st Cloud Arena!

Jamie Sterry makes his Shields debut on the right of a three-man backline.

Mark Carruthers’ view on the game - and he thinks it could be tough going for the Mariners!

We normally associate South Shields with being the favourites in the vast majority of their games – but there is no doubt that this is a severe test for them today against a solid National League club. They’ll need a little luck and they will need to play at their maximum to pull off a shock against a Halifax side that are full of established top-end non-league players.

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