Nomadic Thunder head for the coast of South Shields

Gateshead Thunder decamp to South Shields' Filtrona Park in a season which has already seen them playing home games in Hull and Swalwell

Gateshead Thunder centre and try scorer Tom Capper celebrates
Gateshead Thunder centre and try scorer Tom Capper celebrates

A season which has already seen them playing home games in Hull and Swalwell takes in another destination tomorrow, as Gateshead Thunder decamp to South Shields.

Playing their next wave of ‘home’ dates at Filtrona Park, the base of South Shields Football Club, Thunder head coach Kevin Neighbour does not expect their nomadic status to affect them too heavily.

Following tomorrow’s Kingstone Press Championship One visit of London Skolars the venue will see them host Rochdale a week tomorrow and then Oldham two weeks later, as Gateshead International Stadium continues to be unavailable.

Neighbour said: “Our next few games are at Filtrona Park, and it is not an unfamiliar ground for us after playing some of last season there.

“It is a well-looked after facility with a decent pitch, so neither team should really have a problem with it. Obviously it is not ideal to be moving grounds again, but it is just one of those things and not something we can really get overly concerned about.”

The head coach has reported a clean bill of health ahead of the 2pm kick-off, with no new injuries from last week’s creditable 27-22 defeat at Oxford.

Neighbour said: “Oxford are a decent side who are well worth their place near the top of the table. They are a composed team who wait for you to make mistakes, so to get a bonus point down there was not such a bad return.

“If we had been offered the bonus point beforehand we certainly would have taken it. Once we were there, though, we felt we had enough territory and possession to have come away with the win.”

Up against a London side with two wins from their six games so far, he added: “They concede a fair few points, but they also score in big numbers.

“With that in mind, there should be plenty of tries in the game.”

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