Witton Albion vs South Shields.

Witton look to put Tuesday night’s disappointment behind them on Saturday afternoon, when they welcome one of the title favourites in South Shields to Wincham Park in a Northern Premier League game.

The Mariners who are now operating on a full-time basis, have begun their campaign well with maximum points from their opening two games and sit second in the table behind Buxton on goal difference.

Like Witton, South Shields have also seen changes in personnel from the squad that was lying in sixth place when the season was ended, but the early indications are that they have assembled a squad that should be challenging at the top end of the table come the end of the season.

The two sides never got to meet last season with the campaign ending so early but, the last two league meetings both went in the Albion’s favour.

Two seasons ago, Albion took maximum points from the Mariners leaving it very late in the away meeting as goals from the since departed MJ Monaghan and an injury time winner from Kyle Sambor, also since moved on brought the points back to Cheshire. Then we went one goal better in the return game at Wincham Park, winning 3-1 with goals from Will Jones, a Danny McKenna penalty added to by Connor Heath.

Only four members of that Albion squad involved in that game remain at Wincham Park namely: Josh Wardle, Will Jones, Danny McKenna & Tom Owens.

Witton have now added teenage midfielder, Callum Leigh to the squad and he will give Carl and Gary another option as we progress further into the season.

Another tough game is in prospect and there is the potential of a decent sized crowd but challenges like this appear to bring out the best in Witton so let’s hope this is the case this time around.

Kick off at Wincham Park is 3pm.

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Parking: The Car Park is past the Social Club on the right.

Admission Prices: Adults £11, Over 65’s/Disabled £8, Young Adults (18-21) £6, Under 18’s £2 (FREE with Junior Membership). Season Ticket Holders & GOLD Membership Card Holders - Admitted FREE.

Advance ticket sales for the game are available now via @skiddle.

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Online ticket sales are only available until midnight on FRIDAY, 20th AUGUST.

Cash payments at the turnstiles will still be an option for supporters who wish to use them except for “All-Ticket” games.

Matchday Programme: £2.50 - On sale inside the stadium near the Museum & inside the Social Club.

Stadium Access: Before the game, the stadium is only accessible by way of the turnstiles. From Half time onwards access to the Social Club from inside the stadium will be permitted via the passageway within the main stand.

Following the lifting of COVID restrictions, rules have now changed in and around the Social Club.

Social Club: The Social Club will be open from 1pm.

Social Club: Access to the Social Club is by way of the main entrance before the game.The One-way system through the Stelfox Lounge has been removed. Table Service is being removed, so people can order drinks from one end the Bar and collect them from the other end. The screen where drinks are paid for at the cash point will remain in place - this is to protect Staff. Please note: There is to be NO Standing at the Bar. Face coverings are no longer mandatory but are recommended in enclosed spaces.

Please note: As the Social Club is a food preparation area, dogs are NOT permitted inside the Social Club with the exception of assistance dogs(hearing and visually impaired).

Please note: Alcohol is permitted inside the stadium but MUST be in a plastic beaker.

Refreshments: Food is now available once again within the Social Club and The Tea Bar (Queenies) will also be open inside the stadium.

The Junior Snack Bar will also be open at the Wincham End of the stadium and Junior Membership Cards can be collected from Alan Jackson. Juniors are welcome to use either Tea Bar within the stadium if preferred.

The Track & Trace System is being kept for the time being but is NOT mandatory. Documentation will be placed by the entrance to the Social Club for those who wish to use it.

Hand Sanitizers are positioned near to every entrance point around the Stadium & Social Club and are being retained. Supporters are welcome to use them.

Additional Information: Season Tickets will be available on the turnstiles for supporters who haven’t already collected them from the Club Office.

Early team news: Will Jones & Rob Hopley will be assessed before the game. New signing Callum Leigh is available for selection.