Richie McLoughlin has called on his Jarrow Roofing side to ‘keep up the good work’, ahead of tomorrow’s FA Vase clash with Seaham Red Star.
Red Star are visiting the Boldon CA Sports Ground for the second time this season, having gone down 5-3 in a league clash at the end of August – but McLoughlin doesn’t expect the game to be quite as clear-cut this time around.
It will be a tough game, obviously with Kirky at the heart of defence – he’s going to be really up for this one.
“There have been a lot of changes within both sides,” he said.
“We’ve lost three or four player and they have gained a few.
“We have to focus on our own game, and not the last few games or what happened when we last played them.”
One of the players to leave Roofing has been captain Dan Kirkup who is now playing at Seaham, something the Roofing supremo doesn’t expect to have an impact on his side’s performance.
“Alex White is the new captain, and he’s doing exactly the same job – getting the team up for each game,” he added.
“It will be a tough game, obviously with Kirky at the heart of defence – he’s going to be really up for this one.”
The last two games have both seen 2-1 scorelines, with cup and league wins over Darlington RA and Bedlington Terriers respectively, and McLoughlin thinks he has an explanation for the improved form.
“I think we’re starting to settle down now in games, obviously new players and a large list of absentees hampered us at the start of the season, but now I believe that we’re looking much better and more composed,” he said.
“I think this is allowing us to keep our shape better in games and to improve our passing.”
Roofing are entering the national competition at the second qualifying round, having received a bye in the first qualifying round whilst Seaham beat Billingham Town to reach this round.
Both sides are hoping to emulate North Shields, who lifted the trophy at Wembley Stadium last season.
Kick-off at the Boldon CA Sports Ground is at 3pm.