South Shields boss Graham Fenton ‘over the moon’ with FA Cup draw

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Graham Fenton has described himself as “over the moon” after his South Shields side were handed a home tie against Hartlepool United in the FA Cup fourth qualifying round.

The Mariners are potentially just 90 minutes from the first round of the competition, but will have to find their way past their North East neighbours.

That could set up a money-spinning tie against a big Football League club, with former FA Cup winners Portsmouth and Coventry City entering the competition in the next round.

But Mariners joint-manager Fenton is only focusing on Hartlepool and the home tie the both he and Lee Picton wanted ahead of the draw.

“We are delighted” admitted Fenton.

“We could have had a couple of easier ones come out, but we said that if we get a home draw we would be over the moon.

“Obviously we could have had an easier run, playing against Darlington and York and now we are drawn against a club like Hartlepool.

“We’ve got that against a big football club like Hartlepool, so we are over the moon.”

Graeme Fenton
Graeme Fenton

South Shields have already put Darlington and York City out of the FA Cup this season.

Their 3-2 win over the Minstermen was played out in front of a near-capacity crowd at Mariners Park and Fenton expects more of the same from the Mariners faithful when Pools come to South Tyneside.

“It will be the same as Saturday I would have thought,” he added.

“It will be a sell-out, there will be a big buzz over the next two weeks around our area and hopefully around Hartlepool as well.

“We are looking forward to the day and obviously our lads will give it their best shots like they have in the last rounds.”

The Mariners return to Evo-Stik North action on Tuesday night with a home game against Goole and have no new injury worries going into the game.

Shildon are the last remaining Northern League club in the FA Cup and they have been handed an away tie at National League club Guiseley.

Railwaymen player-manager Daniel Moore believes that the pressure is all on their opponents.

“We are coming up against a full-time outfit, so it will be good to pit ourselves against them.

“The pressure is not on us again and they will be expected to win.

“We will be confident, as we were on Saturday and hopefully we can take a few supporters down there. That will make a massive difference to us.”



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