Richie McLoughlin is looking for his Jarrow Roofing side to end the season unbeaten as they go to West Auckland Town tonight in confident mood.
The resurgent Roofers have enjoyed a great second half to the campaign. What looked like a season fighting it out down the bottom of the league, a run of just two defeats in the last 13 games since the middle of January has left a sense of optimism around the Boldon CA Sports Ground.
The South Tynesiders have been buoyed even further by an exceptional win over Sunderland RCA last time out, and McLoughlin says confidence is high in the dressing room as Roofing prepare for their penultimate game of the season.
“Everyone is really confident at the club at the minute, and it is great to be apart of,” McLoughlin said.
“In every position, we have quality and a mix of both young and experienced heads. We have a lot of momentum at the moment and I want us to try and win our last two games to try and end the season unbeaten.
“We now go into every game expecting to win, and the strength in depth we have in the squad now means that we can win those difficult games.
“Earlier on in the season, we would not have had enough players to cover all the injuries and suspensions we have picked up, but we do now, and that allows us to be competitive in games.
“When you consider the start we had to the season, where it looked like we were going to be in a relegation battle, ending the season with six points to take our final total to 54 points would be a great return and a fantastic turnaround.”
Roofing’s fantastic run of form now means they can cast their eyes to the top end of the division, and a win tonight could see them jump up two places to 12th.
Although McLoughlin admits the table looks a lot better than it did a few months ago, he also says the team can’t lose their focus for the final two games.
McLoughlin added: “We have made a lot of progress this season, and I want us to keep that up. The only way we can do that is by taking each game as it comes and remaining focused on our jobs.
“We can move two places higher in the league with a win at West Auckland, so that should be a great incentive for the players.”
The Roofers make the trip to the Wanted Stadium to take on a West Auckland side who have been fighting relegation for most of the season.
They have only managed two wins from their last 10 games, but one of those came last time out with an impressive 1-0 win over Newcastle Benfield.
Although wins have been hard to come by for West, McLoughlin knows his side cannot take nothing for granted.
“We always have hard games down at West Auckland, and I’m expecting the same again tonight,” Richie commented.
“They have players who can win games for them, but so do we, so I’m expecting a tough contest.”
Roofing will be boosted by the returns of Dan Kirkup and Lee Kerr for the 7:30pm kick-off, but midfielder Anth Myers and defender Ryan Burton are doubts after picking up knocks, while Dennis Knight is 50/50 to make the clash.