Shields make the short trip to Meadow Park at Ryhope for the Boxing Day match against Sunderland RCA, kick off at 12.00pm, for the return fixture following last weeks 2 : 4 reversal at Filtrona Park.Three player departures have been announced, Jordan Mellish to Ashington, Adam Robinson to Bishop Auckland and Tony Burnell to Seaham Red Star. No doubt Steve Ramsey will feature at some point in the game, following his late appearance in the last game on his return from long absence through injury and it is much hoped that his inclusion will be beneficial to the attack. Perhaps Paul Robinson may also make his long delayed appearance, his addition could also be helpful to attacking options. Whatever team and formation is employed it is not necessary to add any further comment about the absolute urgency of the current parlous league table situation and the dire need to gain points. Failure to do so could result in being soon cast adrift and the matter of relegation become beyond remedy and merely a forthcoming academic eventuality.
Sunderland RCA HOME. P12. W2. D3. L7. F17. A31. Total GD -9. League table position 17th, with 27 points from 22 games.
Form table position, 21st with 5 points from the last 6 games.
SOUTH SHIELDS AWAY. P10.W1. D0. L9. F8. A38. Total GD -47. League table position 24th, with 10 points from 21 games.
Form table position, 24th with 0 points from the last 6 games
For satnavers SR2 ONZ. The ground is situated on Stockton Road, Ryhope, Sunderland, travel directions as follows :
Follow the A19 south, turn off onto the B1404 ( Seaham ). Left at end of slip road, then left at traffic lights to Ryhope
( B1285 ). On entering Ryhope turn left at roundabout towards hospital. The ground is on the right behind private houses.