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Match Preview: North Shields v Thornaby (23/11/2019)

The Robins entertain newly promoted Thornaby tomorrow afternoon as they look to keep pace with their promotion rivals.

After a last gasp winner away against Northallerton Town, the Robins fixture list has been heavily disrupted due to adverse weather conditions.

However, despite not playing for almost a fortnight, the Robins still find themselves in fifth place and only five points off second place and only nine points off leaders Hebburn Town.

After what was a difficult start to life in Division One, tomorrow’s visitors have found their feet and are currently on a good run of form of their own.

Since their 6-4 defeat to Longridge Town in the FA Vase, Thornaby have drawn to Whitley Bay and beaten Brandon United, Northallerton Town and Guisborough Town. Their good form has seen them climb to 15th in the Division One table.

Their form has been aided by the addition of striker Adam Preston who has continued his red-hot form after joining the club from Division Two pace setters Redcar Athletic.

Speaking ahead of the game, Marc Nash was wary of the threat posed by tomorrow’s guests.

“Thornaby are in decent form so we are expecting another tough game,” said Nash.

“The short term aim is to be in the top five at the half way stage so we are well placed, but we can’t allow slip ups in the next few games.”

After tomorrow’s game, the Robins will travel down to Teeside to face Thornaby in the return fixture, weather permitting.