McLoughlin not happy after Roofing cave in

Mark Collingwood and Richie McLoughlin
Mark Collingwood and Richie McLoughlin

Richie McLoughlin struggled to hide his disgust as he watched his Jarrow Roofing side crash out of the Buildbase FA Vase at Atherton Collieries.

The South Tynesiders turned in an insipid display in the North West. In fact, it took until the 82nd minute for them to register a shot on target.

Atherton were allowed to control the game and were ruthless in front of goal.

Mark Battersby and Vincent Bailey both netted two goals, while Justin Pickering scored a wonderful volley to condemn Roofing to a 5-0 demolition.

“I’m sick. I’m totally disappointed,” a furious McLoughlin said. “I know we had a lot of players missing or not fully fit, but the side we put out there was a decent one. However, after that performance, I’m disgusted.

“I don’t think Atherton were any better than us, and that’s why it’s so hard to accept the 5-0 defeat.

“They might be near the top of their division, but there was not a huge gulf in class between the sides. We have let ourselves down. We were poor all round.

“Once again, we have conceded sloppy goals to make things even harder for ourselves. It was just so poor.”

When Battersby opened the scoring with just 10 minutes on the clock, that visibly knocked the confidence of the visitors.

Atherton’s second goal arrived when Hunter could only parry a shot into the path of Bailey, who saw his shot clip the post before nestling in the bottom corner.

Roofing’s optimism was dashed minutes after the restart when Battersby got his second of the day.

Atherton seemed content to see the game out by this point, and Roofing struggled to find a way through their well-organised defence.

However, on 82 minutes, Kieran Graham came close to securing a consolation. Paul Chow rounded Reid and squared the ball to the young winger, but his effort was deflected wide.

There was still time for Atherton to score two quick-fire goals to give the scoreline a more emphatic feel.

Bailey claimed his second of the game with minutes left on the clock and Pickering rounded things off when he volleyed it into the top corner.

Roofing will look to right some of the wrongs from this game on Tuesday night as they face Willington in the Durham Challenge Cup.