Richie McLoughlin says his Jarrow Roofing squad are feeling refreshed and ready to go as they prepare for tomorrow’s trip to Penrith.
The Roofers were supposed to have been in action on Tuesday, but issues with the facilities at West Auckland Town meant the game was called off.
However, the Roofing boss says that he was pleased his players finally got a chance to rest after coming through a congested fixture schedule in recent weeks.
“In a way, Tuesday’s game being called off was a positive,” McLoughlin said.
“The players have worked very hard recently, and they have given their all in a tough run of fixtures. The last two games especially, we have been flat out.
“Some of the players were looking tired, and we’ve taken things a bit easier in training this week as we look to keep the squad fresh ahead of another tough run of games.
“We’ve been glad for this break and I think we’ll now be ready to get straight back at it when we go to Penrith.”
Roofing make the trip to Penrith in the hope of extending their unbeaten run to seven games in the league, but they will be coming up against a Penrith side who are unbeaten in their last four games and have former South Shields striker Martyn Coleman in a rich vein of form – scoring three goals in his last two games.
“This is going to be an incredibly close game,” McLoughlin added.
“They are only one place above us in the league, so they will be doing all they can to stop us going above them – which we will do with a win.
“I back the team to turn in a performance against anyone, and we all want to keep this run of form going for as long as we can because it just shows that all the work we have been putting in over the months has been worth it.
“We also want to keep climbing the table to ensure we finish in a respectable position for us to build on next season.
“The levels we are playing at now, are nowhere near those earlier on in the season.
“It’s about creating momentum now, and we will be making the trip over there looking for the three points to ensure we keep moving forward.
“However, we will need to be full of energy for this game if we are to come away with anything, and we will also need to be wary of the danger that Coleman can bring.
“He’s a proven goal scorer and he will punish us if we give him the chance.”
McLoughlin will have a full-strength squad to choose from for the trip to Cumbria as he looks to improve on the 2-2 draw that the sides played out at the Boldon CA Sports Ground back in September, with Paul Gardiner still the only absentee for the 3pm kick-off at The Frenchfield Stadium.