JARROW Roofing manager Richie McLoughlin says he is looking forward to pitting his wits against one of the best teams in the league when West Auckland Town make the trip to South Tyneside tomorrow.
McLoughlin praised the fighting spirit of his squad as they ran out 4-1 winners against Sunderland RCA last time out.
However, he has warned his players to guard against complacency as they prepare to face a West side who have scored an impressive 86 goals so far this campaign – one of the highest in the league.
“We have a good record against sides who are above us,” the manager said. “The players should use that as motivation to go out and prove they are up to the challenge of holding their own against a side who will be going all out for the title at the end of the season.
“I want to win every game from now on so we can head in to next season full of confidence, and beating West Auckland will give myself, and the rest of the squad, a huge boost.”
The County Durham side sit second in the Ebac Northern League Division One table, and are one point behind leaders Guisborough Town, and have a game in hand.
However, McLoughlin is confident his side will be more than a match for the title contenders, who they drew 3-3 with in October.
“This will be a totally different match from the one at their place,” he added. “They have a new manager and we have a few new players, so it all adds up to a very interesting game and I can’t wait to see how it plays out.”
The Roofers will once again be light in defence. Dan Kirkup and Alex White are still suspended while Corey Barnes is doubtful.
“I have full confidence that we have people ready to step in and do a job in defence when required. They will be challenged a lot more on Saturday, but we have a talented group of players who are versatile and more than ready to step up to the mark.”