We turn our attentions to the FA Cup with a full and in-depth preview of Saturday's trip to Mariners Park.
South Shields v Hartlepool United
FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round
Saturday 14th October 2017, 3pm
There is little doubt that confidence will be high in the South Shields camp this weekend as they look to continue an FA Cup campaign that has already provided many memorable moments.
The Mariners have already eliminated three teams from higher divisions as they made it through to this stage of the competition, including thrilling wins over Darlington and York City.
As well as that, joint bosses Graham Fenton and Lee Picton have overseen a strong start to the league season and they currently sit top of their table with nine wins from ten games.
They have big ambitions and have invested heavily both on and off the pitch in recent years under Chairman and boyhood fan Geoff Thompson and have achieved promotion in each of the last two seasons to make it to Evo-Stik First Division North.
One To Watch
Julio Arca has been rolling back the years at South Shields since retiring from the professional game and subsequently signing for The Mariners in 2015.
The Argentinian enjoyed a lengthy spells at the top of the English game with Sunderland and Middlesbrough where he was a crowd favourite – and he’s every inch as popular with Shields fans.
Arca actually played against Pools in the FA Cup previously when on the books at the Stadium of Light, scoring the only goal when Neale Cooper’s men were edged out 1-0 on Wearside in 2004.
Whilst the 36-year-old played most of his professional career on the left flank, he sits in a central role at the base of a diamond for The Mariners where he likes to collect possession and get them moving.
South Shields: WWWWWW
Head To Head
Saturday’s game will represent the first competitive meeting between the two clubs.
Peter Wright will take charge of his second Pools game this weekend when he’s the man on the whistle for our FA Cup trip to South Shields.
The official’s only other appointment for a Pools fixture came on the opening day of the season when he presided over our 1-0 defeat to Dover Athletic at Victoria Park.
Wright has so far taken charge of nine games during what is his second season on the National League list of referees, with his most recent outing coming in Tranmere Rovers’ goalless draw with Chester last weekend.
Pools fans will be able to follow the action with full live commentary on Pools PlayerHD as we link-up with our friends at BBC Tees once again.
Tickets for this game are completely sold out for both home and away supporters.
Pools fans without a ticket are strongly advised against travelling as there will be no availability at Mariners Park on the day of the game.
South Shields 23/10