Jarrow Roofing's confidence high ahead of Shildon game

Jarrow Roofing welcome runaway Northern League Division 1 leaders Shildon to the Boldon C.A. Sports Ground tomorrow, as they continue their fight against relegation.

Friday, 25th March 2016, 10:37 am

The last time the two sides faced off, Shildon emerged emphatic 5-0 victors.

However, since then, Roofing’s form has turned around and Richie McLoughlin’s men will be ready for a fight this time around.

Roofing have won two of their last four fixtures, and were unlucky to lose against both Marske United and Morpeth Town, while recent victories came against West Auckland Town and Dunston UTS.

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McLoughlin thinks that these wins will help give his side the confidence to put up a better fight against Shildon this time around.

“Last time against Shildon was a bad game for us,” he said, speaking ahead of tomorrow’s clash.

“But this time I think the lads will be a lot more up for the tie. We’re playing better now and starting to get it together.”

Roofing went through a dismal run of form at the start of the new year and through February, but now they have started to turned things around as they look to avoid the drop.

McLoughlin believes that his side were unlucky to fall to defeats to Marske and Morpeth and has seen a lot of positives over the last four games.

“We were excellent the other night, we were very unlucky to lose. We had about eight chances – not half chances, but clear ones – and we were just unfortunate not to put them away to be honest.

“They (Morpeth) had about four chances and they managed to put three away. It was an excellent performance all round and we could have won the game.”

Roofing will need to be in fine fettle to stop a rampant Shildon side who are unbeaten in 12 games.

Last time out, Shildon were held to a 2-2 draw away to Seaham Red Star and the Roofers will be hoping they can go one better and secure the three points.

McLoughlin will have almost a full squad to choose from as midfielders James Fairley and Corey Barnes return to the fold. Liam Atkin may play a part, but is still rated 50/50.

Kick off is at 3pm at the Boldon C.A. Sports Ground.