After two resounding away victories in the league, Shildon today return to Dean Street (Saturday 14 September), where they will host Hebburn Town, who are in a period of transition this season.
A near full-strength side overcame a half-time deficit to beat local rivals Bishop Auckland last Monday and Gary Forrest should have the same group of players to select from for this aftenoon’s Division One tie.
Hebburn, meantime, lost their management team and then all of their players, who followed Paul Bennett to Jarrow Roofing during the close season, and have had to build a new side from scratch.
Two ex-Hebburn players, Scott Oliver and Davy Bell, have taken up the challenge and the new management team have successfully assembled a squad of mainly young players with a base of experienced players to give the team a good mix.
The side got off to a good start, picking up a point against Guisborough, but it has remained the only point they have picked up this season in the league and they currently sit in 22nd place.
With two of the three sides above the Railwaymen on cup duty today, Gary Forrest’s side, knowing they could be top of the league by the close of the day, will be in no mood to see Hebburn’s tally rise this afternoon.
The match kicks off at 3pm. Admission is £6 adults and £4 concessions. Under 12s are free with a paying adult.