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Match Preview: South Shields vs Warrington Town

South Shields make their first appearance of 2024 on Saturday when the Mariners host Warrington Town in Vanarama National League North (3pm kick-off).

The sides are locked on 36 points heading into the match, with Shields one place higher in 11th due to their superior goal difference.

It is Elliott Dickman's first home fixture in interim charge of the Mariners, who are aiming to return to winning ways after a run of five successive defeats.

The reverse fixture resulted in a 2-2 draw at Cantilever Park in October.

Elliott's views

Dickman has praised the application of the squad in training, and is confident that work will soon bear fruit in games. 

He said: “Considering results haven’t gone fantastically well over a period of time, the quality we have seen in training and the work the players have put in has been very good. 

“It’s now about hopefully seeing them take everything they’ve done in training and replicating that on matchday. 

“There’s a lot we can improve on following the game against Blyth, and we feel confident the work we have put in this week will help us do that.” 

Dickman has described being asked to take charge of the Mariners as a ‘privilege’. 

He added: “To lead the team into this game is a very proud moment for me and my family. 

“It’s a great responsibility and honour to be given the chance to work with a fantastic group of people who have been very receptive to what we have thrown at them. 

“I want the players to enjoy what they’re doing and have that fight, determination and courage to play for such a fantastic football club. 

“It’s a privilege for me and something I’ll cherish for as long as I’m asked to do this role.” 

Team news

Shields remain without forward Joao Gomes and have a doubt over defender Dillon Morse. 

Information for supporters

Kick-off at 1st Cloud Arena is at 3pm. Turnstiles 1, 2 and the hospitality entrance will open at 12pm, with turnstiles 3, 4, 5 and 6 to open at 12.30pm.

Tickets are available to purchase until 12pm on Saturday 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.

There is no segregation in place for this fixture.

Shields supporters will be able to watch the Emirates FA Cup third round tie between Sunderland and Newcastle United ahead of Saturday’s game.

The cup tie will be shown in all bars and the Shipley Lounge, and the usual 1st Cloud Arena ground regulations will apply. Fans are asked not to wear Sunderland AFC or Newcastle United-related clothing and anyone who does so will be stopped on entry.

A zero tolerance approach will be taken to any abusive or threatening behaviour, and entry will be refused to anyone who is intoxicated.

The turnstiles will close at 3.15pm, as is customary for all 3pm kick-offs at 1st Cloud Arena.

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