Roofing can go third, while Hebburn look for cup solace

NEW BOY ... Wayne Gredziak.
NEW BOY ... Wayne Gredziak.

JARROW Roofing will continue their push for promotion tonight when they host Esh Winning in a Northern League Division Two clash.

Roofing remain nicely poised in their bid to bounce back to the top flight at the first time of asking after Saturday’s 2-0 win over Ryton & Crawcrook Albion.

That victory consolidated their position in sixth, but with third-placed Seaham Red Star losing, it meant the gap between Roofing and the final promotion spot was cut to just two points.

Roofing have four games in hand on Seaham and fourth-placed Northallerton, and six games in hand on Darlington RA, who occupy fifth.

One of those fixtures in hand is tonight’s game with Esh Winning, who are fighting their own battle at the bottom of the table.

And it represents a great chance for Richie McLoughlin’s side to stamp their mark on the promotion race, knowing that victory will send them into third spot.

McLoughlin is hoping he can call on in-form strike duo Liam McBryde and Dan Smart for the game after they bagged the goals that beat Ryton at the weekend.

HEBBURN TOWN are also in action this evening as they make the short trip to Ryhope CW for a rearranged League Cup clash.

Manager Paul Bennett will check on the fitness of midfielder Scott Robson after he missed Saturday’s 7-1 defeat at the hands of league leaders Darlington.

That game saw Hebburn finish with nine men after the dismissals of defenders Lee Harrison and Jeff Forsyth, but they will both be able to play tonight as their suspensions won’t come into force until later this month, along with Dan Kirkup, who saw red last Wednesday, also against Darlington.

New striker Wayne Gredziak should be available also, having not played in the competition for his previous side Northallerton.

The game will provide a tough test for Hebburn, with Ryhope – who came into the Northern League last season from the Wearside League – proving to be one of the most eye-catching sides in Division Two.

They sit second in the table, and racked up their 100th league goal of the season on Saturday.