RICHIE McLoughlin has challenged his Jarrow Roofing side to develop a “ruthless streak” as they prepare to travel to Whitley Bay tonight.
The manager cut a frustrated figure at the weekend as the Roofers were held to a goalless draw against Dunston UTS.
Despite turning in a below-par performance, Roofing moved up to third in Northern League Division One, and McLoughlin has urged his side to be more ruthless ahead of tonight’s clash with the Bay.
“We had a lot of chances on Saturday but we didn’t take them,” he said. “We are facing a tough run of fixtures now, with four away trips in a row over the Christmas period, and we need to kill games off and be more ruthless in front of goal if we are to keep ourselves among the leading pack. Despite only getting the point, we have moved up the league.
“The lads showed good battling qualities against a well-organised side. and we need to keep showing those qualities over the run of very tough games we have coming up.”
The Roofers make the trip to North Tyneside to take on a Bay side lacking in confidence after three successive defeats in all competitions, which have seen them slide to 13th.
Manager Leon Ryan also resigned from the club last week, but McLoughlin is refusing to get caught up in their off-field problems.
He added: “We can’t focus on their problems. We just have to concentrate on ourselves and make sure we deliver a good performance.
“It won’t be an easy match – it’s always a tough place to go, and the conditions are set to be difficult again, as they were on Saturday. We need to focus and ensure we show the same level of professionalism as we did against Dunston.”
With North Shields not in action until tomorrow, Roofing can move up to second in the standings with a win.
Wayne Phillips is a doubt, but otherwise McLoughlin has a full-strength squad to pick from. Kick-off at Hillheads Park is at 7.30pm.
Meanwhile, HEBBURN TOWN host rampant Seaham Red Star tonight.
Northern League Division Two leaders Seaham have won their last 15 league games, but Hebburn have already beaten them twice this season. They will, though, be without suspended top scorer Channon North, as well as Ross Toward.
Kick-off at the Hebburn Sports and Social Ground is at 7.30pm.