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PostPosted: Mon Feb 21, 2011 10:55 pm 
One of the most attractive fixtures at Filtrona Park of the NL season takes place this Tuesday evening, February 22nd when the Mariners entertain cross river friendly rivals Whitley Bay , kick off 7.30pm in a most eagerly awaited re-arranged game that was most unfortunately cancelled due to torrential rain earlier in the season. The Bay are currently attempting to win the FA Vase for the third successive season, and we all at Shields do most sincerely wish our former centre forward and their manager Ian Chandler,the team, officials, committee and all their supporters the very best of good luck. The last two meetings at Filtrona Park have been decided both in Shields favour, 3:1 in last seasons league encounter and 2: 1 in the Brooks Mileson Memorial League Cup semi final, both great games for the spectators and grand adverts for the STL Northern League. Of more than passing interest and information some current stats : Whitley Bay have played but 8 away games to date, W5. D2. L1. F20. A9. 5th top league table position, 2nd in the last 6 games form table with 18 points, away F7 and A1. By comparison Shields at home: W7. D1. L4. F27, A17, 8th top league table position, 7th in the last 6 games form table with 11 points, home F3. A2. Since January 8th, Shields have in point of fact played but one home league game out of a total of 10... Shields supporters will be pleased to be informed that skipper Scroggins, both influential and inspirational is presumed available to play, according to club information, no news to hand though concerning the Olusoga situation, but hopeful he will be also available,but not so good reference injured trio Fitzpatrick, Coe and Smith, all unfortunately doubtful. Ramsey regretably still in considerable pain and no recovery progress to report with his injury. So a mixed bag of news on the player front, but no doubt a most exciting and entertaining game to look forward too. Hope for decent weather, and a really good gate to cheer the Mariners on in their quest to most hopefully better last seasons 11th league final placing, in spite of current injuries to key players....


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