RICHIE McLoughlin is relishing the challenge of coming up against title contenders Shildon tomorrow – and insists he will “not be intimidated” with the size of the challenge facing his Jarrow Roofing side.
Despite lying ninth in Northern League Division One, Shildon have as many has eight games in hand over some of the sides above them.
A run of four straight wins in all competitions has kept the Railwaymen in the hunt for honours, but McLoughlin is determined to make it hard for them.
He said: “They are a top club with top players, and I tip them to win the league this season, especially with the amount of games in hand they have and with the consistency they have displayed so far.
“But we will take the game to them and look to cause them problems.
“I know we have the quality in the squad to do that, so we will go there with no fear.”
Shildon have been in fine form this campaign, losing only once at home, but the fourth-placed Roofers can boast a run of four consecutive wins themselves after last week’s 3-2 success against Ashington.
McLoughlin added: “Saturday’s win was excellent, the squad are brimming with confidence again and it keeps us up near the top of the league.
“We need to build on the Ashington win and make sure we give a good account of ourselves at the weekend.
“We need to stop them playing, that is our priority. Once we do that we can go forward and hopefully cause them some trouble.
“If we do that, we stand every chance of coming away with something.”
Goalkeeper Alan Greenan is unavailable, so Andy Hunter will come back in, but Anth Myers and Lewis Teasdale are both expected to return for the 3pm kick-off, at Dean Street.