Lee Picton says his South Shields history-makers have a ‘free hit’ in Saturday’s crunch FA Cup tie against Hartlepool United.

Shields will try to bridge a gap of three divisions as they take on National League outfit Pools in the final qualifying round of the competition.

They have already dumped out National League North duo Darlington and York City, and joint manager Picton has his sights trained on making it a remarkable hat-trick at a sold-out Mariners Park.

He said: “We almost had a free hit against Darlington and York City in the last two rounds, and it’s the same again on Saturday.

“We’ve definitely got no pressure on us.

“They are three divisions higher than us, and you can’t get away from that.

“On paper, they should win the game comfortably, but we’re certainly not planning on that happening.”

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