Match Preview: Seaham vs North Shields

28 Feb 2019 in News

Match Preview: Seaham vs North Shields Match Preview: Seaham vs North Shields

By Andrew McDonnell

Seaham Red Star vs North Shields

Competition: Northern League Division One

Ground: Ferguson Motor Repairs Stadium, Seaham Town Park, Seaham, SR7 0HP

Kick-Off: 3:00pm

Seaham Red Star have eight games remaining in the 2018-19 season and Manager Mark Collingwood said his team are "looking up".

The Star had won their last three matches, against Consett, North Shields and Ashington, before Tuesday night's 3-1 loss to Hebburn Town.

Collingwood's men will face Shields for the second time in two weeks, striker Michael Chilton scored a second-half brace as Seaham won 2-1 on February 16.

"We'll get back to basics," he said. "We rested one or two (against Hebburn). We'll put a different team out on Saturday and we'll shake it up.

"There's people knocking on the door now for a start. We'll have a look at it and we'll keep going and looking to climb up the table.

"We're looking up, not down. The loss to Hebburn was a set-back, but, although I'm a bit flat and disappointed, we've picked up nine points in the last four games - it's phenomenal."

The Hornets took the lead on Tuesday evening, but Seaham responded straight away as Joe Hailes netted his first goal for the club.

However, two lapses in concentration led to the hosts scoring their second and third goals and the Star were beaten for the first time in four games.

Collingwood believes his team are still a "work in progress" and will be looking to close out the season as strong as possible.

"We've got a good team, I've said that for weeks. I said before (Hebburn) that we didn't want to go and be a sideshow and I think it was a harsh scoreline.

"If we had seen the last 18 minutes out, the way I expected us to, then we probably would be having a different conversation.

"We're still work in progress. We're still a good team, we have come a long way, but we've still got a long way to go."

Kick-off at the Ferguson Motor Repairs Stadium is at 3:00pm and admission is £6 for adults, £3 for concessions and under-16s get in for free.

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