Jarrow Roofing boss Richie McLoughlin pleased to avoid Vase upset

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A brace from Adam Sakr helped Jarrow Roofing book their place in the next round of the Buildbase FA Vase with a comfortable victory over Northallerton Town.

The winger was in a clinical mood, and fired Roofing into the lead midway through the first half with a crisp finish, and then grabbed his second of the day with just 12 minutes to go to cap an excellent performance.

Paul Chow and Michael Mackay also netted in the second half to secure a 4-0 victory in North Yorkshire.

As the scoreline suggests, this was a comfortable game for the South Tynesiders, and they never really got out of second gear. The swirling wind made it impossible to produce free-flowing football, and Northallerton, although looking bright in the first half, struggled to test Andy Jennison in the Roofing goal.

The Ebac Northern League Division Two side’s cause was not helped by the sending off of winger Daniel McLachlan.

“We were expecting a hard game, and that’s what we got,” Roofing boss Richie McLoughlin said.

“We were aware that Northallerton would be looking to cause an upset, and we made that clear to the lads before the game.

“You only had to look at Friday night’s result, where Bishop Auckland got knocked out by Billingham Town, to see that nothing is guaranteed in this competition. We did not want to end up in the same position as Bishops.

“Although the first half wasn’t quite up to the standard of the last couple of games, we couldn’t really say anything to the team at half-time because the conditions were very difficult.

“Despite everything, we battled well and we still went in a goal to the good at the break, so that wasn’t too bad.

“We just told the lads to keep it ticking over in the second half because we expected Northallerton to really come out and hammer us for 10 or 15 minutes.

“Although they didn’t really do that, we just remained cool.

“I’m really happy to get through to the next round.”

It’s now three wins on the trot for Roofing, who now face a South Tyneside derby with South Shields tomorrow night.