Jarrow Roofing will make the short trip to Washington tomorrow (3pm) in good spirits after getting off the mark for the season during the week.
Wednesday night saw the Roofers rack up their first points of the new season with a 2-1 win away to Penrith.
Just 12 players had been available to make the 146-mile round trip, but the work ethic and commitment shown on the night is what impressed Roofing boss Richie McLoughlin, the same qualities he hopes will continue the momentum behind his team tomorrow.
“Going to Penrith and working hard to win the game, more so with eight injuries to players, says a lot for the lads who made the trip.”
Tomorrow’s opponents, Washington, have earned just one point from their opening two fixtures, yet McLoughlin is wary of some familiar faces in their side looking to spoil the party for Roofing.
“They have three or four players playing for them who were with us last season and they will be wanting to put one over us to prove a point.”
McLoughlin and Mark Collingwood will not have a great deal to work with come, with Jamie Marshall and David Palmer joining a long list of unavailable players for the weekend.
One positive, however, is that Lee Kerr returns to action. Also likely to miss out are injury victims Corey Barnes, Paul Garthwaite, Paul Gardiner, Dennis Knight, Chris Winn and Brad Varga.
McLoughlin will now allow his side some recovery time, which will also prove an opportunity for a couple of Roofing’s younger players to take to the pitch.