THIS Saturday, Purvis Park will play host to the tenth annual Gary Hull Memorial Trophy match as Percy Main Amateurs take on near neighbours North Shields in a game which will be played out in honour of the Villagers’ former treasurer and committee member.
Games between the two North Tyneside teams have always been close run affairs with plenty of goals and little quarter given.
And this season’s match promises to carry on in the same vein.
Supporters are reminded that the match is due to kick-off at the earlier time of 2pm – admission will be £2 (concessions £1) and a souvenir programme will be produced.
Graham Fenton embarking in his first full season as North Shields manager, will be striving to take the Robins into the top tier of Northern League football come the end of the season and will hope to parade his highly rated recent signings, Ben Richardson from Washington and John Hook from Monkseaton Academy in front of what will be a sizeable crowd.
Percy Main team manager Gareth Allen has also been busy during the pre-season recess, having bolstered his side which finished their last campaign strongly with another eight new signings while all of last season’s squad have put pen to paper for the coming term.
Among those joining the club are Peter Bradley, formerly with Cullercoats, Assan Jallow, an established South Tyneside-based full back, youngster Daniel Quine, while former Main men Chris Doig and Dean Morgan have returned to the fold.
Recent warm-up games against Hartlepool, Redcar Athletic, Newton Aycliffe and Peterlee Town have given Allen much to think about, having rotated his large squad in each of the games and those in claret and blue will be given another chance to impress on Saturday, with the Northern Alliance premier division season due to commence on August 11 as the Main entertain Stocksfield.