Match Preview: South Shields (A)
Dunston travel to Northern Premier League side South Shields for their final game of Pre Season, with Chris Swailes' side making final preparations ahead of the the start of the Northern Premier League East Division season, when Stocksbridge Park Steels visit the UTS Stadium on August 13th. Dunston come of the back of two positive results, twice fighting back to claim a 2-2 draw against Middlesbrough under 23's, before defeating Newcastle Blue Star by three goals to nil on Saturday. Liam Thear has scored in both of these games, whilst new signings Jake Jensen, Dan Staples, James Anderson, Jon Shaw and the returning Sado Djalo seem to be fitting in seamlessly with the squad.
Dunston make the trip with a full squad and can expect to give plenty of players game time, with this being the final chance to blow off any cobwebs ahead of what plans to be another gruelling season full of twists and turns.
Match details at South Shields:
Location: 1st Cloud Arena, Shaftesbury Avenue, South Shields, NE32 3UP
Date: Saturday 6th August
Kick Off: 15:00
Tickets - Standing/ Seating
Under 12's: £2/£3
The ground is within walking distance of Bede Metro Station. Alight at the station and go down the stairs before turning right if you have departed a train heading for South Shields, or turning left if departing a train going towards Newcastle. At the next junction you come to, turn right, and there is then a short walk along Shaftesbury Avenue to reach the ground.
The Metro service links 1st Cloud Arena with both Newcastle and Sunderland train stations. If you are coming from Newcastle Central Station, board a Metro train heading towards South Shields from there, and alight at Bede station. If you are coming from Sunderland train station, board a Metro train going towards Newcastle and alight at Pelaw station, before crossing the platform and boarding a train heading towards South Shields, and get off at Bede.
Car parking is available on Shaftesbury Avenue, as well as the overflow car park at the nearby Barbour store.
For those wishing to find the ground by public transport, local bus services operate to Simonside and the surrounding areas, which are again within walking distance of 1st Cloud Arena.