Sixth in the table Gainsborough Trinity play host to league leader's South Shields at the Dave Longstaff Martin and Co Arena, with the two sides inseparable in the last two meetings. At the One Cloud Arena earlier this season, Hayden Cann netted his only goal for the club, so far. Only for Shields to level the game five minutes into added time. In early April, Stefan Galinski popped up late to share the spoils, the least Tom Shaw's Trinity side, at the time, deserved.
And with only five places separating the sides, Tuesday night's clash again looks set to be a close run thing! The visiting Mariners have a game in hand on Neal Bishop's Holy Blues. Prior to the game Kevin Phillips' side have quietly gone about picking up points from their games in hand, while Trinity endured their mid-season wobble, stacking up a sixteen point advantage. In the period between Gainsborough winning against Stafford Rangers and Marske United, Shields steadily went about collecting nine points from wins over Atherton, Marske and Liversedge. Scoring eight times, whilst keeping two clean sheets in those three games.
What do Hyde, Guiseley, Warrington Town and FC United of Manchester all have in common? They're all sides to have taken three points off the full time side from the North East. Can Bishop's boys add their name to that rather exclusive of lists - and reclaim a spot amongst the play-off places? Trinity will ultimately be looking to continue building on the form that has seen the Blues turn a corner, and pick up four points from two games, rediscovering our shooting boots, in the 6-2 win over Marske, and then backing that up with Saturday's one all draw away at Bamber Bridge.
Darius Osei is the top scorer for Shields with twelve to his name, though much like the Blues, the goals have been shared amongst the squad. Robert Briggs is always a regular on the scoresheet, as have been winger Dylan Mottley-Henry, Michael Woods and Italian Lewis Alessandra. This game is certainly looking an exciting proposition for both home and away fans, and the neutrals looking to take in a game of football with plenty to play for, for both sides.
Admission for the game is priced at £12 adults, £8 concessions and Under 16s £4, or free with a paying adult. So, please spread the word, bring your friends, family, partners and children along, and let's make it an extra special occasion under the Northolme lights.
There are only three other fixtures in the Pitching In Northern Premier League on Tuesday night, with plenty at stake. The other eye-catching fixtures in the division is the return of Paul Phillips to Matlock Town. Philo looking to stop the Gladiators charge for a play-off spot, while enhancing his current side's chances.
Matlock Town vs Guiseley
Stafford Rangers vs Ashton United
Whitby Town vs Marske United
Preview by Rob Hughes (@AATM_Media)
Photos by Kate Simmons (KLS Photography)