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Match Preview: Boston United vs South Shields

South Shields face their first away game in Vanarama National League North when they travel to Boston United on Saturday (3pm kick-off).

The Mariners began life in tier six with an energetic 3-1 win over Alfreton Town, and now have a double-header of away fixtures against Boston and Farsley Celtic.

Boston scored a stoppage time equaliser to draw 1-1 with Buxton on the opening day.

Midfielder Courtney Clarke is in contention to make his first appearance for Shields after he joined the club during the week.

Julio's thoughts

Boston finished 15th in National League North last season and are managed by former Norwich City defender Ian Culverhouse.

Shields manager Julio Arca is expecting a real test at the Jakemans Community Stadium.

He said: “Every game is going to be tough in a difficult league like this one.

“Last Saturday we played against a team who were in the play-offs last season and are very good at what they do, and we produced the kind of performance we’re hoping to see on a consistent basis.

“We want to press teams, win the ball back quickly and then look after it, which we did very well last weekend.

“Boston will provide us with another challenge, and we’ve tried to prepare as well as we did last week.”

Team news

Shields are hoping to have forward Luke James available after he was withdrawn with a head injury during last Saturday’s match.

Midfielder Michael Woods also continues to train well as he recovers from a knee injury.

Information for supporters

Kick-off at The Jakemans Community Stadium – which has a post code of PE21 7NE – is at 3pm.

South Shields supporters are advised to purchase tickets for the East Stand (away section), where prices are £15 for adults, £12 for concessions and £6 for under-16s. They are advised to buy in advance where possible from Boston’s website by clicking here.

Disabled supporters are asked to call 01205 364406 to discuss their requirements.

Those attending are asked to uphold the good name of South Shields Football Club and support the team in the right way. Any supporter found to be in possession of pyrotechnics will be banned from future South Shields fixtures.

We would like to thank all fans for their support and look forward to seeing them in Lincolnshire.

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