Jarrow Roofing go into tonight’s FA Cup extra preliminary round replay against North Shields with forward Paul Chow expecting another close game after Saturday’s goalless draw across the Tyne.
Treble FA Vase winner Chow, who has the distinction of scoring the quickest ever goal at Wembley Stadium, knows that the Roofers will have to keep things firm in defence and take advantage up in attack if he is to move one step closer to a return to the national stadium.
“I’m expecting another tight match where one single goal could be the difference,” said Roofing’s top scorer from last season.
“We’ll have to defend just as well at home as we did on Saturday, but we will also have to show more going forward to win the game.
“It’s a match that could go either way and it could be a long night with extra time and penalties a possibility, but hopefully it’ll be the Roofers in the next round come 10pm.”
Chow was also quick to praise his defensive team-mates after Saturday’s performance.
Roofing’s defence, so often maligned last season due to leaking goals throughout the campaign, has been boosted by the signing of Andy Jennison in goal as well as more targeted training during pre-season.
“Despite North Shields having the majority of possession on Saturday, I thought we defended really well as a back unit,” Chow continued.
“Although our back four were kept on their toes, they weren’t massively overworked and kept a great shape.
Meanwhile, Roofing supremo Richie McLoughlin has called on his team to ‘carry on where they left off’ when they look to reach the preliminary round and a home tie against Morpeth Town.
“Saturday saw us return to a lot of hard work and the replay will be no different,” McLoughlin continued.
“I don’t think there will be any advantage with us being at home as North Shields and Graham Fenton will not be wanting to pay their £3.40 on Tyne Tunnel costs just to come over to South Tyneside for a summer’s evening out.
“We know they will come committed to winning and offer a hard test. What I need from our lads is for them to show they can do the job week in, week out.
“Our players must turn up to the game with their heads on the right way or we will suffer. We’ve seen what happens when players just go through the motions – we had enough of that last season and it will not be tolerated this time out.”
McLoughlin is boosted by the return of Michael Laws from suspension with the central defender having sat out Saturday’s game, though Calvin Smith and Nick Hay are both still missing.
North Shields will also be in the position to add to their squad with a number of players returning, including Dean Holmes.
Kick-off at the Boldon C.A. Sports Ground, just off Cotswold Lane, in Boldon Colliery is 7.30pm.