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Match Preview: South Shields vs Buxton

South Shields host Buxton on Tuesday as they aim to continue their excellent home run in Vanarama National League North (7.45pm kick-off).

The game - sponsored by Powell Clean - is the Mariners' first midweek match at 1st Cloud Arena this season, and they go into it sitting second in the table.

Shields have won eight and drawn one of their nine home fixtures in all competitions, and are on a run of eight consecutive clean sheets at home.

Buxton are sixth and were most recently in action on Saturday, when they were beaten 3-1 by Bishop's Stortford.

Julio's thoughts

Shields manager Julio Arca has described the meeting with Buxton as ‘massive’ as his side aim to go level on points with Tamworth at the top of the table.

He said: “There has been a quick turnaround between Saturday and this game, and there has been a lot of concentration on ensuring the players recover well, because this is another massive match for us.

“Buxton are sixth in the table and have done well so far this season. They have picked up some excellent results and will see this as a good opportunity to strengthen their promotion hopes.

“From our perspective, it’s about trying to start the game well, being aggressive and disciplined and composed on the ball.

“If we do that, we will give ourselves a good chance of winning the three points.”

Team news

Shields welcome back John Lufudu after the right-back missed Saturday’s game against Tamworth due to suspension.

They hope to have Luke James available again following a knee injury but remain without Joao Gomes, who is expected to be out for about a month with his own knee injury.

Information for supporters

Kick-off at 1st Cloud Arena is at 7.45pm and the turnstiles will open at 5.30pm.

Tickets are available to purchase until 5pm on Tuesday by clicking here, with online tickets priced at £14 for adults, £9 for students and over-65s, £5 for children aged 13 to 16 and £3 for children aged 12 and under. There is an additional £2 charge to sit.

Tickets are available to purchase at the turnstiles on matchday, when standing prices will increase to £15 for adults and £10 for students and over-65s. Cash and card will be accepted.

Supporters are reminded that children aged 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

There is no segregation in place for this fixture.

Season ticket holders can take advantage of a flash sale in the club shop, with all items reduced by 20% from 5.30pm.

The Champions League match between Borussia Dortmund and Newcastle United will be shown in all bars at 1st Cloud Arena. That game kicks off at 5.45pm.

There is a £1 discount on all pints purchased between 5.30pm and the South Shields match kicking off at 7.45pm.

As this is the club's closest fixture to Remembrance weekend, a minute's silence will be held ahead of kick-off to honour all those who have lost their lives in conflicts, and The Last Post will be played.

Match sponsor

Tuesday's match is sponsored by Powell Clean.

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