Jarrow Roofing will not waste any time wallowing on their FA Cup exit as they prepare for the start of the new Northern League campaign against Shildon on Saturday afternoon.
The Roofers lost out in the extra preliminary round of the FA Cup, succumbing to a 3-1 defeat away to Barnoldswick Town last Saturday.
However, with the first game of the new league season around the corner, Roofers’ joint-manager Richie McLoughlin insists his side are aware of the perfect response and will not dwell on the defeat.
“The lads will be looking forward to Saturday to try and put the Cup game behind them and play a better game,” defiantly adding, “it’s a loss but it’s gone now so we move on.”
Roofing were originally planned to start the league season against Bishop Auckland on Tuesday evening, however, Bishops’ FA Cup replay with Consett the following day allowed for McLoughlin and his side to put in some extra work on the training pitch.
The Roofers face strong opposition in their opening game in Shildon, who finished fourth in the table last season. They kick-started their campaign with a convincing 4-2 win away to Dunston UTS on Tuesday night and Roofers’ club captain, Shaun Vipond, is under no illusions of the task facing his side on Saturday.
“It’s always hard against Shildon because they are one of the strongest sides in the league, but if we work hard, hopefully, we can pick up the three points.”
When asked about the atmosphere in training in the lead up to the game, Vipond praised the attitudes of his teammates.
“The lads have been in good spirits in training despite obviously being disappointed from the loss at the weekend.”
Putting aside his frustrations from the Cup game, Vipond added, “we’re looking forward to Saturday and wanting to get off to a good start”.
The Roofers will be without Paul Garthwaite, Brad Varga, Corey Barnes and Paul Gardiner while Daryll Donnelly remains fifty-fifty.
Otherwise, McLoughlin has a strong squad to choose from for Shildon’s visit to the Boldon C.A. Sports Ground, and the Roofing supremo has insisted that his men will display a good deal of fight against difficult opponents.
“Shildon look a very good side with a new manager and a lot of new players and it will be a good, hard game for us but we will be more committed than last week.”
Season tickets for the season are still available from Jarrow Roofing costing £70 for adults and £50 for concessions while single game entry is unchanged from last season, costing £6 for adults and £4 for concessions.
- Liam Kendal