Roofing have plenty to play for, insists boss McLoughlin

BIG GAME ... Richie McLoughlin.
BIG GAME ... Richie McLoughlin.

RICHIE McLoughlin believes Jarrow Roofing still have a lot to play for despite heading into their final game of the season tomorrow.

Roofing host Whitley Bay at the Boldon CA Sports Ground knowing a win will give them a slim chance of finishing sixth in the table – equalling their best-ever finish in the league – but they sit three points behind Dunston UTS, who have two games left.

McLoughlin has urged his Roofing side to make it three wins on the bounce and sign the season off in style, but he knows 14th-placed Bay will be dangerous opposition.

He said: “Tomorrow is a big game in my eyes. As I said before the Penrith match, we had previously played two poor games at Consett and Bishop Auckland and we all had to pull together to get the nine points left on the table.

“So far it has gone to plan and we have collected six from our last two games, but I’m sure this game will be very hard due to Bay having a new manager in Paddy Atkinson. Paddy spent a short time with us at the start of last season and he will want to put one over on us so that, along with us really pushing to equal our highest ever placing of sixth in this division, means we need to go at them and look to take all of the points.”

Bay legend Paul Chow is set to come up against his former club. The striker hit 270 goals and lifted the FA Vase on three occasions with the North Tynesiders before sealing a move back to Roofing in February.

McLoughlin is set to have a near full-strength squad for the 3pm kick-off, with Corey Barnes the only doubt for Roofing.