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Match Preview: South Shields v Scunthorpe United

Updated: Feb 20

The Mariners looking to bounce back after a shock defeat as Scunthorpe United

travel north.

Last Saturday saw South Shields face Darlington in a much-anticipated northeast clash in the Vanarama National League North.

The fixture couldn’t have gone any worse for the hosts as Darlington put 4 past Shields as well as 2 red cards being issued. 

The game was Darlington’s first win in four and only their seventh win of the campaign.

Elliott Dickman’s side has come into a rough patch of form as of late with only 2 wins in their last 5 and the last 2 league fixtures have both been losses.

Regardless of this, the gap between Shields and a play-off space is only 3 points.

Closing the gap may not be so easy however as second place Scunthorpe travel to Shields in the next fixture on Tuesday night.

Scunthorpe United suffered a third straight relegation last season and have since maintained a strong run of form this season putting them in second place by 5 points with a game in hand on the team below.

The last time these two teams met was on the 5th of September last year when Julio Arca’s side lost 3-1 away at Glanford Park.

This season, no other team has scored more goals than Scunthorpe in the division with them

currently standing on 59 goals in 33 games.

Striker Danny Whitehall has 14 goals for the season and ex-Gateshead loanee Danny Elliot is on 8.

Elliott’s thoughts

Elliott Dickman has said in the past that he would need a “team contribution” if goals are to be met this season and this could be the difference on Tuesday night.

With the club in 12th place, a win on Tuesday could send Shields as high as 7th if results go their way.

Team news

Both Robert Briggs and Will Jenkins aren't suspended until Saturday following their dismissals against Darlington.

John Lufudu has returned to Spennymoor town until the end of the campaign.

Information for supporters

Kick-off at the 1st Cloud Arena (NE32 3UP) is at 7:45 pm on Tuesday the 20th of February 2024. Turnstiles open at 6 pm.

Admission prices are £14 for adults, £9 for concessions, £5 for 13–16-year-olds and £3 for 12 and under. – (including online discounts.)

Tickets for Tuesday's fixture can be bought here :

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