NORTH Shields again fell foul of the weather and suffered a fourth consecutive game called off.
The Robins are now hoping for a trip to the Cumbrian coast on Saturday as they bid to take on a side sixth top and one place above Graham Fenton’s lads, having played four more fixtures.
The Shieldsmen lost 2-1 at Whitehaven last season but thoroughly relished a 4-0 midweek verdict in 2010-11.
One man, particularly, who may be wishing the Whitehaven match goes ahead, is Robins’ top marksman Rob Nolan who would then be available, after a one game ban, to face his former club Washington at the Daren Persson Stadium on Saturday, December 22 (3pm).
The last time Shields saw action on the pitch was in the 3-0 home win over Whickham which resulted in a 12th victory in 14 outings.
Such fantastic form has the Shields supporters drooling with a 43-16 goals ratio and six clean sheets in the sequence.
As well as the promotion challenge, Fenton and Andy Bowman’s squad are still involved in three knockout competitions.
Yet to play in the Ernest Armstrong Trophy, a semi-final draw in the Northumberland Senior Cup still awaits against either Bedlington Terriers, Newcastle United Reserves, Whitley Bay or Ashington.
In the last campaign the Robins enjoyed a fine run in the Northern League Cup, seeing off Brandon United, Darlington RA and Newcastle Benfield.
This time round Morpeth Town and Darlington RA (again) have been vanquished and the draw for the last 16 sees North Shields entertaining first division Bishop Auckland.
Both clubs, former winners of the prestigious FA Amateur Cup, revelled in many Northern League tussles between 1965 and 1988 when the Bishops left the league.
The last clash saw Shields follow up a 2-1 win on Tyneside thanks to strikes from Don Peattie and Keith Mills with a brace from Paul Pitman and another from the prolific Peattie securing the points by 3-2 at Kingsway.