Jarrow Roofing go into their League Cup match at Easington Colliery low on numbers but with Richie McLoughlin looking to make sure his team do not perform low on effort.
The Roofers travel to Easington with a number of players missing with the South Tynesiders once again suffering from a combination of injuries and player-unavailability against their Northern League Division Two hosts.
With Shaun Vipond, Corey Barnes and Ryan Burton joining the injury list on Saturday, when Roofing were hit by three late goals to lose their Northern League Division One Match 4-1 at home to North Shields, and with Dennis Knight, Adam Shanks, Dan Kirkup and Liam Henderson all missing, the South Tynesiders will face a battle to progress to the second round.
“It’s always cold and windy down on the Easington coast so we need to be ready to battle because they will be battling 110 percent,” said Roofing’s joint manager.
“If we look at their league position and think that a second division side should not be a problem for us then for sure we will go out of the League Cup.
“This will be a hard game and our luck ls down at minute with lots of players missing.”
While Roofing have been unpredictable this season, Easington have jolted between wins and defeats, though enter tonight’s game unbeaten in their last three matches and with Ethan Wood, who moved to his local club from Roofing just a fortnight ago, looking to get one over on his former teammates.
And despite the two clubs being a division apart, they have met a few times over the last three seasons in cup competitions.
“We have played them a few times in the cups and they have got their fair share of wins.
“We just scrapped through one recent game on penalties but I’m hoping we can win this over the ninety minutes,” added McLoughlin.
“If we dig in and want to progress then it is possible we can progress because we will still have a good side out, but we must keep on working hard even if it goes to extra time and penalties.”
Kick off at Welfare Park is at 7.30pm.
- Andy Hudson