Jarrow Roofing welcome Knaresborough Town to Boldon on Saturday afternoon in the second qualifying round of the FA Vase with joint manager Richie McLoughlin warning his side that nothing less than “100% commitment” will be needed to overcome their high-flying visitors.
Knaresborough travel to South Tyneside with an unbeaten record in the Northern Counties East League Division One so far this season, having won ten games and drawn once.
And the Roofing supremo knows that nothing can be taken for granted, despite the Yorkshire opposition playing a division lower than his Roofers.
“They team are top of their division and can not be taken for granted. They play some very good football so we are going to need a 100% effort to overcome them.
“We know that they have two good forwards who are scoring goals and that’s a problem for us at the moment due to the injuries to our own forwards, but if we can keep things tight then I know we are in with a chance”
Roofing have suffered terribly this season with the unavailability of players and go into the match with Dennis Knight, Chris Winn, Jamie Marshall, Dan Kirkup, Ryan Burton and David Lowrie all out of contention. However, they will welcome back Corey Barnes after the defender missed the last two league defeats.
Midfielder Lee Kerr knows what it takes to win the Vase having lifted the trophy three times at Wembley Stadium during his Whitley Bay days. And the importance of starting games well is not lost on the playmaker.
“Any game in the Vase is a hard challenge and if we are not at it from the first whistle then we could find ourselves in trouble.
“Teams always up their games in this competition so we will have to be at our best, especially playing teams from outside of the area.
“It’s known that the Northern League is the strongest league at our level but we can’t just take it for granted that we will win the game.”
Roofing narrowly lost out to Bishop Auckland on Tuesday night, going down 2-1 at home, though the midfielder believes that enough evidence was on display to go into Saturday’s match with hope.
“We tried a new formation out in our last game and we hit it off straight away, causing Bishops quite a few problems, so it will be interesting to see if we play that way on Saturday.
“We have been a bit hitty-missy lately so I also think we need to get a bit of a run of games going, and that starts on Saturday.
“It’s a big game for us and we need to make sure we are in the draw come Monday.”
Kick off at Boldon is at 3pm.