Jarrow Roofing boss Richie McLoughlin has warned his side to be wary of “unpredictable” Newton Aycliffe when the two sides meet at the Boldon C.A. Sports Ground (3pm) tomorrow.
As it stands, this will be Roofing’s last game before the Christmas break, and McLoughlin is looking for his side to head into the festive period on a high note.
“We need to get a win to ensure we get some form going ahead of our break,” he said.
“We have struggled for consistency so far this season, and back-to-back wins have been hard to come by because we keep giving away poor goals.
“However, our players have shown a lot more commitment recently and there seems to be a different attitude around the place now, so I’m confident that we will start to cut out these silly errors.
“The break will give us a chance to work on these problems, and they will also give the new players we have in our squad a chance to gel.
“Mark Collingwood and I will get the chance to spend more time with them on the training pitch and, hopefully, we will start to see some results.
“However, we have got to get past a very tricky Newton Aycliffe side before we can do that.”
Despite sitting in eighth position in the Ebac Northern League Division 1, Newton Aycliffe have endured some troubling times in recent days, and they are currently on the lookout for a new manager after Peter Dixon was relieved from his position after their 3-2 defeat at the hands of Morpeth Town last Saturday.
The ill-discipline of some of the Aycliffe players was given as the reason for his departure, but McLoughlin believes that the events of the past week will only serve to fire up the visitors further.
“It’s a very tricky situation, and I think it only makes things harder for us.
“You never know what you’re going to get with them, and a new manager in the dugout will only make them harder to predict,” he added.
Just like Roofing, Newton Aycliffe have found it difficult to string a consistent run of results together at times this season.
They have only won two of their last five games in all competitions, but they could move up to sixth in the table if they manage to win on South Tyneside and other results go their way.
A win for McLoughlin’s men, though, could move the 18th-placed Roofers further away from the relegation zone.
A three-point haul could see them leapfrog Ryhope CW into 15th place.
However, their task will be made a lot harder thanks to the absences of Dan Kirkup, goalkeeper Andy Hunter, midfielder Adam Smith and defender Arjun Purewal.