Gavin Cogdon has urged South Shields to prove they belong in the company of York City in Saturday’s big FA Cup tie.

Shields will take on the Minstermen in arguably the stand-out tie of the third qualifying round at Mariners Park.

Just as they did in the last round against Darlington, the Mariners will need to overcome a two-division gap to beat their National League North opponents, who were in the Football League just two seasons ago.

And Cogdon insists they cannot afford a repeat of their first-half performance in last Saturday’s 4-1 win over Clitheroe, when they fell a goal behind early on.

He said: “We know York are in a real high standard of league and it’s going to be difficult for us again.

“We need to prove that we could play in that league and put in good performances against that standard of team, week-in, week-out. We need to show that consistency.

“If we turn up and perform like we did in the first half on Saturday, people will say the Darlington match was just one of those games.

“Hopefully we can give a good account of ourselves and show people what we can do.”

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