Both clubs are in starkly contrasting situations, with Darlo leading the pack at the head of the league table with a declared ambition to try and achieve promotion to the Evo Stik League at their first attempt, in an effort to make good from what many consider was the unfairness of the FA in their four league demotion, to which all fair minded people wish the club all the very best. For Shields a game to try and rise to an occasion to match the visitors as was done at the October 10th game at Bishop Auckland's Heritage Park venue when Darlo ran out most fortunate 2 : 1 winners, with a gifted goal in the fourth minute of time added on and for Shields being cruelly denied what even the home supporters said was a perfectly good goal that was most controversially disallowed. But however as said on many occasions, luck plays a part in games and good luck is never apparently available when you occupy the wrong end of the table. With the return of talisman Ramsey to the side, and given service to him from the midfield, he and his colleagues upfront and whomever is selected for midfield and defence will have to produce individually and collectively a game of real standard. Points are now precious for Shields in this the second half of the season if they can raise themselves to escape relegation, as all Mariners supporters fervently hope. That said, and all things considered, a grand game is looked forward too and most hopefully with something for Shields at the end of it. For the information of all intending to attend, ground admission prices will be unaltered.
The Shields 'Gazette' is publishing a special feature for readers interest and information which will include a flash back from the pages of history when the clubs first met in competition in the North Eastern League in 1908 and down the years since.
Darlington 1883. AWAY. P13. W9. D0. L4. F37. A17. Total GD 52. League table position 1st, with 64 points from 26 games.
Form table position 9th, with 10 points from the last 6 games.
South Shields. HOME. P11. W2. D1. L8. F16. A33. Total GD -48. League table position 24th, with 10 points from 22 games.
Form table position 23rd, with 0 points from the last 6 games.
COME AND SUPPORT THE MARINERS, =D> =D> =D> =D> =D> =D> =D> =D> =D> =D> =D> =D>
good squad in attendance fifteen/eighteenish, morale and team spirit was high.
I fancy us to get a surprise result tomorra.
If these lads cant give you wood, then no-one can!