jarrow must bounce back from heartache

Grant Pressling is unavailable
Grant Pressling is unavailable

Jarrow are hoping that they don’t fluff their lines for the second game in a row as they look to get over the finishing line and seal promotion to the Northern League.

The Perth Green club lead the Wearside League by a hefty 15 points after a fantastic season under Dave Bell.

Only Redcar Athletic can stop them from going up, with both teams having applied to the Northern League for promotion and both having passed a ground grading inspection.

Jarrow could have sealed promotion by beating Redcar on Wednesday night but the visitors edged a 2-1 win to keep their faint hopes alive.

They have three games in hand on Bell’s boys, but Jarrow just need four points to mean their rivals can’t catch them.

Bell is confident his players can boune back and still seal promotion, but it doesn’t get any easier when they travel to fellow title rivals Richmond Town tomorrow.

Richmond had initially also applied to the Northern League, but their plan to groundshare at Norton has fallen through, meaning even if they finish above Jarrow and Redcar, they won’t be promotion as they ground isn’t up to standard.

Bell said: “This is another big game for us and a one where we need our lads to pick themselves up again following our disappointing result on Wednesday night.

“They have great character and desire and I am confident we will bounce back, but Richmond have been superb this season and we will need to be at our best.

“We had chances to equalise against Redcar but did not take them. Full credit to Redcar who are a very good side.

“It was a disappointing result for us but I am so proud of what our lads have done this season so far. We need to pick ourselves back up for Saturday.

“This was our first home defeat of the season and brings to an end our 11 game winning run.”

Bell will have to assess his squad ahead of the game, with Grant Pressling and Liam Bayles missing while he also has injury doubts to Jonny Hirst, David Smith, Josh Allen and Max Kirkham.

Richmond needed an injury-time goal against Prudhoe on Wednesday to salvage a 2-2 draw, and they also have selection concerns.

They will be without centre half Simon Pinkney and influential midfielder Josh Knox, who both miss out as they are on a stag weekend. Forward Colin Anderson and midfielder Dan Caisley both return to squad after missing last weekend.