Jarrow Roofing are set to face off against Consett tonight knowing that they must get a good result as they try to scale the Northern League Division One table.
Neither side has been consistent of late and both find themselves towards the foot of the league’s form table. Standing at eighth place in the division, Consett would seem to be the favourites heading into the fixture but the home side have only won three of their last seven fixtures, losing the other four.
Roofing, meanwhile, have not fared much better with only one victory in their last six outings, though this was a convincing 4-0 drubbing away at Newton Aycliffe.
And boss Richie McLoughlin is expecting a tough match.
“It’ll be a hard game”, he said. “We beat them 3-2 back at our place earlier in the season but that was a tight match and I expect this to be the same.”
Consett’s home form has been commendable so far this campaign, though the Roofers may sense that they can get a result from a side that has not performed too well of late.
But when quizzed on his opponent’s recent form, Roofing supremo McLoughlin had a word of warning for his side heading into the clash.
“I don’t look at the form table to be honest,” he said. “It’s hard to tell in this league and anybody can beat anybody on their day.”
The Roofers will be boosted by the return of Lee Hamilton who has come back into the squad, but they will have to do without Corey Barnes who is unavailable for selection. Anth Myers is still a week away from returning after six weeks out due to injury.
Kick off is at 7.30pm.