Team and injury news as South Shields prepare for Stalybridge Celtic clash
South Shields travel to Stalybridge Celtic on Tuesday as they look to build on their winning start to the Pitching In Northern Premier League season.
The Mariners defeated Mickleover 3-0 at 1st Cloud Arena on Saturday as they made their long-awaited return to competitive action in stylish fashion.
They must now forego home comforts as they hit the road to Manchester and bid to overcome a Celtic side which was beaten 3-2 at Nantwich Town on the opening day.
It will be the first meeting between Shields and Stalybridge since February 2020, when the teams played out an entertaining 2-2 draw at Bower Fold.
The Mariners' tormentor that day was none other than Darius Osei, who went on to join the club within days of striking two goals against them.
Osei started this season in fine form, playing an integral role in Saturday's win over Mickleover.
It was an afternoon which pleased manager Graham Fenton, but he insists his team has plenty to work on heading into their second league fixture, which will be followed by another away trip on Saturday to Witton Albion.
Fenton said: "We were really pleased with the performance and result on Saturday, but it's just one game and you certainly don’t win a league in the first game of the season.
"We’ve got two away games on the trot now and it’s not going to be easy at either place.
“Stalybridge will be decent and we’ll have to be at our best to get anything out of the game.
"Every match in this league is a challenge and we relish those tests.
"We’re going to go all out to try to win all three points again.”
Shields are expected to be without captain Robert Briggs for about a week after he picked up a slight hamstring injury in the game against Mickleover.
They should have an otherwise strong squad to choose from on Tuesday, though, as they look to make it two wins from two.
Kick-off at Bower Fold - which has a post code of SK15 2RT - is at 7.45pm.
Admission prices are £10 for adults, £6 for concessions and £2 for under-17s, and although supporters can pay at the gate, tickets are also available to purchase in advance from Stalybridge's website.