McLoughlin: Jarrow Roofing shouldn’t fear Benfield’s Brayson and Campbell

John Campbell in his Jarrow Roofing days
John Campbell in his Jarrow Roofing days

Richie McLoughlin says Jarrow Roofing will be looking to take the game to Newcastle Benfield tomorrow, despite the Tynesiders boasting one of the most ruthless attacking duos in the division.

Paul Brayson and former Roofer John Campbell, who scored 19 goals in 24 appearances for Roofing before securing a dream move to Oxford United in 2014, now lead Benfield’s attacking line, and they have built up a clinical partnership.

Veteran striker Paul Brayson, in his Blyth days.

Veteran striker Paul Brayson, in his Blyth days.

Veteran striker Brayson has notched 37 goals already this season, while Campbell has 35, 22 of those for Newton Aycliffe.

However, McLoughlin admits his side cannot be too concerned with Benfield’s strike pairing, and insists Roofing will be going there to show what they can do.

“Benfield have two of the best strikers in the league,” he said. “However, we are on a great run at the moment and we will not be intimidated by them.

“We cannot just sit back and invite pressure from Brayson and Campbell. We want to create chances, too.

“We just want to do what we have been doing in recent weeks and see where that takes us.

“It should make for a great game, though. Benfield like to attack, and so do we.”

Despite Benfield boasting a strike partnership with over 70 goals between them this season, wins have been hard to come by recently.

They have only tasted success twice in 10 games in all competitions and they sit tenth in the Ebac Northern League Division 1, with only goal difference keeping them above Seaham Red Star and Sunderland RCA.

Roofing, on the other hand, are unbeaten in their last eight games and go into the match on the back of a well-earned 2-2 draw away at Bishop Auckland last time out.

McLoughlin has called on his side to right some wrongs after Benfield ran out 4-0 winners at the Boldon C.A. Sports Ground back in October.

“It could have been 10-0 that day,” the Roofing boss added.

“We were not at it. However, we have a lot of new faces in the team now. Things are clicking for us and everyone is working hard for each other, so I’m confident we can give a better account of ourselves this time around.”

McLoughlin will take a near full strength squad across the Tyne, but he will be without suspended captain Shaun Vipond for the 3pm kick-off at Sam Smith’s Park.