Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Ebac Northern League

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Ebac Northern League

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TWO sides who have slipped into the bottom eight clash when Jarrow Roofing have home advantage over Durham City this afternoon.

The managers are desperate to put points on the board in a bid to move further away from the relegation zone.

Roofing boss Richie McLoughlin said: "We have to pick our game up and try and get the three points.

"Durham are not going well but to be honest neither are we.

"It's an important match for both teams. We are sixth-from-the-basement, just a point behind them but we do have five games in hand.

"However, we need to turn those matches into points and a win today could set us on our way to a better position."

McLoughlin, who was a founder member of the club more than three decades ago, has strengthened his squad by signing Stephen Turnbull from Consett and Richard Paxton from Washington.

Both players are named in a near full-strength squad - the only absentee Anth Myers with a hand injury.

Chris Moore took over as manager of Durham City following the resignation of Ian Chandler ,who enjoyed considerable success during his 10 seasons at Whitley Bay.

It hasn't been an easy baptism for Moore and the Boxing Day defeat at the hands of Consett wouldn't have helped his team's confidence - but even so he's expecting a reaction this afternoon.

Moore said: "I'm hopeful of bouncing back The 3-0 scoreline didn't reflect the balance of play when we created a number of chances.

Nicky Allen is a definite absentee and the Citizens await news on Aidan Haley, who had to be substituted after just 10 minutes at Consett, and Ross Wilkinson.

He's been out for a month with a hamstring injury.

Morpeth Town, whose lead at the top of the table has been trimmed to a point with two games in hand on Shildon, travel to West Allotment Celtic - and manager Nick Gray is looking forward to renewing acquaintances with Jon McDonald. …

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