Jarrow Roofing’s joint boss Richie McLoughlin is keen to ensure that his side keep their good run of form going when they travel to Stockton Town for a Northern League Division 1 match on Saturday.
Roofing are unbeaten in their last three matches and successfully navigated a trip to Yorkshire side Eccleshill United in the first qualifying round of the FA Vase last weekend.
The Roofers progressed with a 2-0 win thanks to a wonderstrike from young forward Olly Martin and Dennis Knight’s second goal in as many games.
Stockton have recorded only one win in the league so far this season, that coming in midweek at Sunderland RCA, but McLoughlin is adamant that his side will have to work hard for a result this weekend in a first ever meeting between the two clubs.
“Stockton are a good side and we’re taking nothing for granted,” he said.
“They are coming into the game after a good win over Sunderland RCA and I’m sure their 4G pitch will be a factor in the match.
“They’re going to be up for the game, they might even consider themselves favourites, so we’ll have to make sure we match them.”
Stockton gained promotion from the second division last season, their first ever year in the Northern League, following their elevation from Wearside League football and, despite a difficult start to this season, have an extended recent history where they are used to winning games.
The Roofers have struggled to gather a fully fit and available squad for most of their matches this season but they expect to have more options to choose from when they travel down the A19.
Former Newcastle United and Sunderland youth defender David Lowrie joined the club this week and will go straight into the squad for this weekend’s fixture. The Jarrow youngster has also had a spell playing in America and linked up with his new teammates for his first training session on Tuesday night.
“We’re starting to get a couple of players back and should be able to name a few more on the bench than we have been able to in recent weeks,” McLoughlin said.
“The lads are starting to get into shape and starting to get their game worked out too.
“The new lad, Lowrie, has had some bad injuries and hasn’t played for a season, but he’s been training with us this week and looked good.”
Roofing’s options at the back will be depleted though, as defenders Brad Varga, Ryan Burton, Dan Kirkup and Corey Barnes are all unavailable. Forward Chris Winn is also injured but defender Jamie Marshall and midfielder Paul Gardiner will face late fitness tests.
Kick off is at 3pm at Stockton Town’s home ground of Bishopton Road West. The postcode for the ground is TS19 0QD.
- Dan Robinson