Jarrow Roofing start on the road to Wembley tomorrow when they travel across to Penrith in the FA Cup with manager Richie McLoughlin challenging his players to get the job done against the Cumbrians.
The Roofers have started the season in disappointing style having grabbed a point last Saturday at newly-promoted Norton & Stockton Ancients, courtesy of a late Paul Chow equaliser, before going down 4-2 at Bishop Auckland on Wednesday.
McLoughlin has been annoyed at the way some of his players have started off this season.
“Some of the lads haven’t played well at all and they came off that pitch on Wednesday making excuses for their performance,” he said.
“They know who they are and we’ve talked about it – but instead of making excuses, we need a team of leaders who will hold their hands up and admit to not performing well while making sure they roll their sleeves up and deliver an improvement.
“Danny Carson came straight into the team at Bishops and here’s a player who had decided to take a year out of football until changing his mind this week. He’s had no pre-season, came into the team and worked hard. He delivered a performance and it was full of determination.
“I want to see that from everyone at this club.”
On a positive note, McLoughlin is pleased that his team have scored four goals away from home, with Chow’s fellow strikers John Campbell, who has fired in twice, and Lewy Teasdale also finding the net.
With high hopes for a talented squad, McLoughlin is looking to progress in the cup, especially with the club falling at the first hurdle last season.
“We know that a good run in the FA Cup, as well as the FA Vase, brings national spotlight as well as more awareness in South Tyneside,” the Roofing supremo said.
“South Tyneside football fans deserve a good cup run and having increased our crowds significantly over the past two seasons, it’s a bit of a shame that we’re starting the season with so few home games.”
Roofing’s best run in the competition was to the second qualifying round – which occurred in both 2009 and two seasons ago. The first of those runs brought success against Penrith and the Roofers are looking for the same again in Cumbria.
The winners of this Extra Preliminary Round match will face the winners of Bishop Auckland and Shildon game in the next round.