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Match Preview: Farsley Celtic vs South Shields


South Shields travel to Farsley Celtic on Tuesday for their first midweek fixture in Vanarama National League North (7.45pm kick-off).


Shields have begun the campaign with a pair of 3-1 scorelines, defeating Alfreton Town on the opening day before being beaten by Boston United.


Tuesday’s game will see them come up against a Farsley side which has started with a win and a draw, having defeated Rushall Olympic before drawing against Chorley.


The pair were adversaries in the Pitching In Northern Premier League before Farsley's promotion to the sixth tier in 2019.


Julio's thoughts


Shields manager Julio Arca wants his side to pick up where they left off in the second half of the game against Boston.


The Mariners were three goals behind at half-time but battled back strongly after the break, with Aaron Martin netting his second goal in as many matches.


Arca said: “When you go 3-0 down after 45 minutes, it’s a mountain to climb.


“Credit to the lads because we had a good chat with them in the changing room at half-time and they were a different team in the second half.


“We moved the ball quicker, looked after it better, won it back more quickly and created chances.


“That’s what we’re capable of doing. The lads know that the first half wasn’t as good as we were looking to see, but the second half was the way we want to play.”


Team news


Shields are hoping to have a close to full-strength squad available at The Citadel, with Michael Woods almost ready to return to contention as he steps up his recovery from a knee injury.


Arca added: “It’s good to have the competition we have at the moment.


“There was only one change on Saturday, and we’ll see what happens on Tuesday.


“When the games start coming thick and fast, we need everyone heavily involved.”


Information for supporters


Kick-off at The Citadel – which has a post code of LS28 5BE – is at 7.45pm and admission prices are £15 for adults, £10 for over-60s and students, £6 for children aged 11 to 15 and £3 for children five to 10. Under-4s and those in the Armed Forces and Services go free. Family bundles are also available. Tickets can be purchased in advance by clicking here, or at the turnstiles by cash or card. There is a £2 charge to use the car park at the ground.


The match will also be streamed on National League TV, priced at £9.50. More information is available by clicking here, and you can sign up for the stream here.


Meanwhile, commentary will also be available on the Mariners Live Mixlr channel, with Chris May and Ronnie Peet to describe the action. This commentary can be accessed by clicking here.

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