Jon Shaw is sure South Shields can complete another historic quadruple trophy haul – if Hartlepool United are the biggest test non-league football can offer.

The Mariners were dumped out of the FA Cup at the weekend by Craig Harrison’s men, one of the form sides of the National League, but did run the fifth tier outfit close on Saturday.

And Shaw believes that if Pools represent one of the toughest challenges outside of league football, then he sees no reason why Shields can’t win the FA Trophy, as well as the Evo-Stik North title, Durham Challenge Cup and Integro League Cup, starting tonight with Farsley Celtic in the latter.

“We want to sweep the board,” said Shaw. “Last year we aimed to win everything and we did.”

“We are out of the same competition a little later than we were last year but we still have four things to win. That’s what we aim to do.

“I said to the lads let’s go and win the FA Trophy now. That is certainly the way to get over the result.

“We were never going to win the FA Cup but if Hartlepool are the best the Trophy has to offer then we can back ourselves to do well.

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