Jarrow Roofing host Penrith at Boldon tonight with supremo Richie McLoughlin looking for his team to start getting points on the board and closing the gap on their Cumbrian visitors.
The Roofers have not played since before Christmas while Penrith have racked up three consecutive wins in this time to climb out of the Northern League Division One relegation zone, swapping places with Roofing.
While Roofing’s game at Newton Aycliffe fell foul of the weather on Saturday, the Cumbrians beat Seaham Red Star 2-0 to open an eight-point gap over the Roofers.
But with 20 games still to play, and with Roofing having four games in hand, McLoughlin knows there is much left to play, regardless of tonight’s outcome.
“There’s a long way to go and there’s time to change things and start winning games.
“I’m hoping for a change in our play and results but we need to be at our best and play a better passing game and cut out the making so many mistakes each game, giving teams simple goal chances while as we have had to work hard to get our chances.
“No team helps us and if we don’t stop the daft errors then we need to do something about it.”
Recent signings John Campbell and Anth Myers will be looking to lift Roofing on their return to the club while Dan Kirkup is available again after an extended period of unavailability.
Though even hoping the new boys give his team a lift, McLoughlin isn’t expecting to have an easy ride against the resurgent visitors.
“Penrith have had a new manager and their results have picked up so we are expecting a hard game, but it’s the start of a new year and we are starting to get one or two players back and I’m hoping for a change in our play and results.”
Liam Anderson is available for Roofing after suspension but Dennis Knight, Paul Garthwaite and Iulian Petrache sit out the match.
Oli Leedham is a doubt after injury while Chris Winn is close to a return from a knee injury which has kept him out since August.
Kick off at Boldon is at 7.45pm.