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Match Preview: North Shields v Tow Law Town (FA Vase – 19/09/20)

North Shields look to continue their good run of form as Division Two Tow Law Town visit the Daren Persson Stadium for the First Qualifying Round of the FA Vase.

Having drawn the opening game of the Division One season, Shields have been in scintillating form, winning their next two fixtures against Seaham Red Star and Billingham Town; scoring a combined seven goals and conceding only two.

However, the Robins’s form in the cup competitions has been poor, losing in the first round of the FA Cup and FA Vase last season, before losing to Marske United in the Extra Preliminary Round of the FA Cup this season.

Our guests, who currently sit in eighth in the Division Two table, had a more difficult start to their season. Having won away against Newcaste University, they suffered back to back losses to Sunderland West End and Ryton & Crawcrook Albion, before beating Birtley Town in their most recent game.

They will also be going into tomorrow’s game with recent signing Dominic Curl in the team, who joins on loan from Division One leaders Shildon AFC. Going the other way however is Matty Robson, who returns to his former club.

Shields have been boosted by recent signings of their own, with both Coleby Shepherd (on loan from Whitby Town) and Robbie Christie (formerly of Newcastle University) making their home debut’s in the 4-1 win over Billingham Town.

Both are likely to be featured in some way at the weekend, however, with September and October proving to be very busy for the Robins, manager Marc Nash may look to give other players to opportunity to play.

Tomorrow’s game is an all ticket affair. Any remaining tickets will be on sale from the club house tomorrow morning. No entry will be permitted without a paper ticket, to comply with our Covid-19 risk assesment and the Government guidelines.

Given the news today regarding a local lockdown of the North East, everyone at North Shields would lik to remind you that is is imperative that the guidelines are followed. There are ample opportunities to sanitize your hands and there is plenty of space around the ground in which to socially distance.

Your Covid-secure support has been brilliant so far, we just need you to keep up the good work!