Jarrow Roofing boss happy players are buying in to philosophy

Richie McLoughlin has called on his Jarrow Roofing side to “keep buying into the on-field philosophy,” ahead of their Northern League Division One clash with high-flying Dunston UTS tomorrow.

The Roofers go into the game on the back of a 2-0 win at bottom-of-the-table West Auckland Town, having seen Tuesday’s away game at Durham City called off based on the Citizens being unable to fulfil the fixture.

McLoughlin wasn’t too stressed by the change in schedule, instead getting his players into training last night for some extra practice.

He said: “We trained on Thursday because we have to play, there will be some stuff to work on but I can’t see it (the Durham cancellation) having too much of an impact.

“Saturday was good. Unlike at other times this season it’s looked as though everyone was buying into what we wanted to do, we’ve got to do that against Dunston.”

Of the 35 meetings between the two clubs, tomorrow’s visitors have won 25 and the Roofing supremo is expecting a tough game against a Dunston outfit who are always competitive and resilient under manager Billy Irwin.

He added: “They’re a really good side, very organised and tough to break down so we’ve got to be on top of our game, and showing the same shape and organisation we did against West Auckland.”

Although anticipating a challenge, McLoughlin doesn’t expect to be ringing the system changes, as he tries to bridge the 10-place gap between both sides in the table.

“We haven’t decided for sure yet, but we were good on Saturday so I can’t imagine making too many changes, especially to the system, he added.

“Having said that, there are a few things we worked on in training this week – if we get them right then I’ll be pleased.”

Roofing are anticipating the return of Peter Greenwell for the game and expect to have a full squad at their disposal.

The game will be broadcast live on Hive Radio, with full commentary from 2.55pm. It can be heard on hiveradio.org.

Kick-off tomorrow is at 3pm at the Boldon CA Sports Ground.