Match Preview: North Shields v West Allotment Celtic

The North Shields squad will be given their final chances to impress this week as West Allotment Celtic make the trip to the Daren Persson Stadium tomorrow afternoon.

Following Saturday’s 4-0 away defeat to Knaresborough Town, a game which saw a number of players unavailable due to holidays, The Robins will face off against Division Two’s West Allotment in what is now the penultimate pre-season friendly.

Last season, the Robins twice lined up against the Allotment; once in a mid-season friendly and once in the semi-final of the Northumberland Senior Cup.

Whilst we were beaten 3-1 in the home mid-season friendly, with the Robins only goal coming from Gary Day, another goal from the Shields striker helped the Robins win 1-0 and reach the Northumberland Senior Cup Final at St James Park.

In their last pre-season friendly, West Allotment Celtic managed to beat Willington Quay Saints 5-3 in what was surely an entertaining game. Previous to that, victories over AFC New Fordley (4-1) Cullercoats (2-1), Newcastle Blue Star (4-3) and Forest Hall YPC (6-1) have shown the Allotment to be a tough opposition who will be looking for promotion to Division One next season.