Jarrow Roofing boss urges team to show same desire as Saturday

Jarrow Roofing head to defending Northern League champions Marske United tonight, buoyed by a fantastic comeback win against West Auckland Town on Saturday.

Tuesday, 15th March 2016, 1:15 pm

Last time out, Roofing looked to be heading for another defeat when they found themselves 3-1 down, but Richie McLoughlin’s men rallied and turned the game on its head to win 4-3.

A hat-trick from Paul Chow and an outstanding solo effort from James Fairley cancelled out a hat-trick from Auckland’s Adam Burnicle as the Roofers won a massive three points.

Heading into Saturday’s clash, Andy Campbell’s Auckland had been on an impressive run, and Roofing’s next game will be no easier with Marske sitting third in the Northern League Division One table.

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The Seasiders have only tasted defeat once in their last nine league outings, one of which was a 3-1 victory over Roofing at the Boldon C.A. Sports Ground.

Getting a result from Marske this time around would be a huge statement of intent from Roofing as they look to climb away from the wrong end of the table, but McLoughlin is aware that his side need to perform over a full 90 minutes if they are to leave Marske with any points.

Prior to the West Auckland victory, the Roofing supremo called on his players to show more heart and desire on the pitch, something that he believes eventually started to manifest on Saturday.

“Yes, there was more passion on Saturday,” he said.

“But only after half time when we went out and had a go at them.”

Although his side eventually came out on top against Auckland, McLoughlin still has concerns about the way his side looked to have capitulated after going 3-1 down.

“Northern League players sometimes have a tendency to play their own game and not for the team,” he continued.

“But after half time, we got it sorted and got the win which gives us confidence.”

With both sides involved in seven-goal thrillers in their last fixtures, tonight’s game is all set to be a cracker.

Roofing will have to do without Jamie Marshall, who is out through injury, while Michael Mackay and Corey Barnes are also unavailable for selection.

Kick off is at 7.30pm at the GER stadium.