A look at the forthcoming league fixtures currently arranged - Saturday, 12th away to Penrith, Wednesday, 16th away to Guisborough, Saturday, 19th home to Durham City, 22nd Tuesday home to Newcastle Benfield, 26th Saturday home to Consett and Tuesday 29th away to Consett. With reference to the next game, hopefully the weather will not change and the game will go ahead, against mid table opposition Ashington in a game that Shields quite simply have to win, anything else will make a worsening situation even more so. No doubt minds are concentrated on possible player moves in an effort to attempt to improve the dire league table position, one certainly from the supporters perspective very much hopes that this is the case, and whatever happens in this regard cannot come soon enough. Certainly the effort and commitment shown in the game against Darlington was apparent for all to see, but that by itself is not enough, the defence and the midfield need strengthening with the addition of some quality players as all agree. So what may happen in the transfer market will be watched by all with more than usual interest.
Ashington AWAY. P9. W3. D2. L4. F17. A18. Total GD 9. League table position 11th, with 33 points from 23 games.
Form table, 18th, with 7 points from the last 6 games.
South Shields HOME. P12. W2. D1. L9. F16. A36. Total GD -51. League table position 24th, with 10 points from 23 games.
Form table 23rd, with 0 points from the last 6 games.