South Shields FC have been the talk of the Northern League for the past two years signing big name players like Julio Arca, Carl Finnegan and Michael Richardson. They are an ambitious club who have their sights far higher than the Northern Premier First Division.
They seem to have found the final piece of the jigsaw in the well travelled Peter Jamieson. Consett, a former club of the new Shields keeper, found him a tough nut to crack as they fell to a 1-0 defeat. Shields hailed Consett FC as their toughest opponents of the season.
For Northern League ground hoppers the place to be tonight is Mariners Park as South Shields host Marske, days after clinching promotion against local rivals North Shields and the first home opportunity for fans to gather and celebrate. Expect a bumper crowd and a high energy atmosphere.
I expect Shields to be challenging for the top of the Northern Premier First next season. They have quality players, fans who believe and if they add further quality to their squad they will be a force and odds on for a third successive promotion. It will be interesting to see how they get on.
Perhaps a few of the current Northern League sides will be pleased to see the back of them! In a nice way of course.
For those fancying the journey tonight, Mariners Park is on Shaftesbury Avenue, South Shields, and has a post code of NE32 3UP. I’d recommend getting there early.