Richie McLoughlin insists Jarrow Roofing must “push on” despite suffering an injury crisis.
The South Tynesiders were only able to name two substitutes for Tuesday’s nine-goal thriller against high-flying Morpeth Town.
A number of key players were missing for the match, including Shaun Vipond and Alex White, and McLoughlin says he is desperate for his squad to return to full fitness ahead of tomorrow’s trip to struggling Chester-le-Street.
“We only had 13 players to pick from on Tuesday night, and that made things even harder for us,” he said. “We need our injured players to return as soon as possible.
“We’ve still got Robbie Williamson and White injured, and Vipond is only 50/50 to make tomorrow’s game.
“However, we can’t make excuses. This is the situation we’re in, and we just need to push on and focus on getting a good result down at Chester-le-Street.
The Cestrians have endured a difficult start to the Northern League Division One campaign. However, they had a surprise 2-1 success over Whitley Bay on Tuesday night and have now moved up to 20th position after only their second win all season, both secured on the road.
Roofing head down to County Durham looking to halt a three-game losing streak. During Tuesday’s meeting with the Highwaymen, the South Tynesiders turned in an insipid first-half performance and found themselves three goals down at the break. Some home truths were said at half-time by the Roofing management team, and the players responded by plundering four second-half goals. However, it wasn’t enough to secure the victory.
Despite slipping to another defeat, McLoughlin believes there are some positives to build on for his side.
“We played very well in the second half, and there were a lot of positives to take out of it,” he added. “However, we need to try and produce that sort of performance on a more regular basis if we are to move up the league.
“We need the players to go out there and show everyone what they can do, but Chester-le-Street will be full of confidence and will do their best to stop us from playing. They will be really up for this game – especially after their win during the week. They will be desperate to build on that, and that is something we have to be aware of.”
Kick-off at Moor Park is 3pm.