Richie McLoughlin has backed Jarrow Roofing to bounce back strongly from Saturday’s defeat at Newcastle Benfield when they go to Whitley Bay tonight.

The Roofers saw their eight-game unbeaten run in the Ebac Northern League Division 1 come to an end at Sam Smith’s Park when Benfield struck late on in the game to come from behind and secure a 2-1 success. The Roofers will try and put things right at Hillheads, but McLoughlin believes his side will not be impacted by the disappointment of Saturday’s loss.

“Of course it was disappointing to see our unbeaten run come to an end,” he said. “However, it was a close game and I think we deserved a draw out of it. I’m confident that the players will move on quickly from that game and not let it impact on them when we play again tonight.

“The mentality in the side is good now, and I think we will go to Whitley Bay and turn in another good performance.

“The loss was hard to take, but playing again in midweek gives us a chance to try and put things right almost straight away. Usually when you lose on a Saturday, you have a whole week to think about it until the next game comes around. Our game tonight gives the players the chance to get Saturday out of their systems, and that’s a real positive for us.”

Tonight’s clash up at Hillheads sees two in-form sides collide. Whitley Bay are unbeaten in their last seven league games and they sit just outside the top five in the division. In fact, a win against Roofing could put them to within just two points of that fifth position.

It’s been another impressive season for the Seahorses, and McLoughlin knows that his side will be in for a tough test if they are to get back to winning ways.

“Whitley Bay are playing very well at the minute, and they should be high on confidence because they have managed to string together a long unbeaten run. They’ve got a good team and they will be looking for a win as they go in search of the top five. But, we are also on a good run of form, so it should be a very even game between two good sides.”

The South Tynesiders will be boosted by the return of Shaun Vipond for the trip after the skipper completed his suspension at Newcastle Benfield. Paul Gardiner is still the only definite absentee, while defender Darryll Donnelly is a doubt after he missed the match at the weekend due to injury.

Kick-off at Whitley Bay is at 7:30pm.

- Dan McSkimming

- Photography: Duncan Donnelly