Consett AFC will pay a visit to ambitious South Shields FC as part of their preparations for the 2021-22 season.
The Steelmen will play a friendly at the 1st Cloud Arena on Tuesday 20 July, with a 7.30pm kick-off.
A match against The Pitch In Northern Premier League side will be a tough test for Terry Mitchell’s team.
Our last visit to what was Mariners Park came prior to the 2018-19 season, when Chris Moore’s Steelmen lost 2-1.
This friendly fixture could pit us against ex-Consett player Wouter Verstraaten, who is part of Graham Fenton’s squad.
South Shields have enjoyed several years of success, until the pandemic brought their momentum to a halt.
After winning a quadruple, including the FA Vase and Northern League title, in 2016-17, they won the NPL Division One North the following season.
In 2018-19 they reached the NPL Premier Division play-offs, narrowly losing to Warrington Town in the final.
When 2019-20 was declared null and void they were 12 points clear at the top of the NPL Premier table.
The decision denied them a fourth promotion in five years, and they tried an unsuccessful legal challenge.
In 2020-21 they managed to play just nine league games before the season was curtailed.
However, they enjoyed a club record run to the FA Cup 1st Round, before losing to League One Cheltenham Town
South Shields are the second NPL opponents we will face in pre-season; Morpeth Town will visit Belle View on Tuesday July 6.
More pre-season games will be announced as we confirm them.