Jarrow Roofing welcome West Allotment Celtic to the Boldon C.A. Sports Ground tomorrow (3pm) in what is their final scheduled Saturday game of the season.
The two sides last faced each other three weeks ago at Whitley Park when Roofing ran out as comfortable 5-0 victors.
West Allotment will come to Boldon on the back of two defeats – to Marske United and Seaham Red Star – but with only two games left to play, they need to pick up points to ensure safety from relegation.
As a result, Roofers boss Richie McLoughlin is wary of the challenge his side face.
“It won’t be 5-0 again,” he said speaking on Tuesday evening after victory over Durham City.
“They’re not a bad side to be honest, they play decent football, even a 1-0 win would do me.”
During the 5-0 win at the beginning of April, Michael Mackay scored a hat-trick and Paul Chow bagged two, and the two forwards have kept up their goalscoring form since.
Last time out against Durham City, it was Chow’s turn to score three, with Mackay getting on the scoresheet twice in a resounding 5-1 win.
Speaking after the victory, Chow spoke highly of his strike partner and the way in which they compliment each other’s play.
“We played together a few years back so it’s good to be back alongside him,” he said.
“He’ll run all day for you. I take a few of the kicks and bring down the long balls and he’s getting on the end of most of my flicks.”
The strikers’ devastating form has helped to lift Roofing up to midtable.
McLoughlin was quick to praise the impact of the two strikers after Tuesday night’s win.
“Of late, we’ve been getting balls into the box and when it’s there for the forwards, and they’re in the box, they’ll score,” he said.
Roofing will be without Shaun Vipond through suspension, though Corey Barnes may be set to make a return from injury.