Shields have strength for pro­mo­tion

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GRA­HAM Fen­ton be­lieves the phys­i­cal and men­tal tough­ness of his South Shields side can help them to a third con­sec­u­tive pro­mo­tion.

The Mariners en­ter­tain Glos­sop North End tonight and go into the game know­ing a point will se­cure pro­mo­tion into the Evo-Stik Premier Divi­sion.

Fen­ton has al­ready had a no­table suc­cess against North End when he led North Shields to their FA Vase Fi­nal win over the Hill­men in 2015.

Now he can add a pro­mo­tion to that Wem­b­ley vic­tory and he in­sisted that his side will con­tinue to show the tough­ness that has led them to the brink of the Evo-Stik’s top-tier.

Speak­ing to the Mariners web­site, he said “It’s not long since we played against them in re­ally dif­fi­cult con­di­tions.

“If the weather fore­cast is right it will be a nice evening here at Mariners Park.

“We go on about it but they have to travel af­ter be­ing at work and it’s not easy. These play­ers are not ro­bots. They put in so much time and ef­fort for the foot­ball club in terms of trav­el­ling around the North of Eng­land.

“They leave jobs early, jump on a bus and ev­ery­body is think­ing it is a guar­an­teed three points.

“It’s not like that, foot­ball is a tough game phys­i­cally and men­tally.

“Over the sea­son you have dips phys­i­cally and men­tally but at the mo­ment I think our lads are show­ing that they are phys­i­cally and men­tally tougher than any­one else in the league.”

South Shields are in a fine run of form in home league games, hav­ing won their last five matches at Mariners Park.

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