Ryhope CW travel to Jarrow Roofing BCA on Saturday in the Northern League as they aim to recover from Tuesday’s 4-1 defeat at home to Bishop Auckland.
Colliery Welfare had won four consecutive league games prior to the midweek defeat, but know a win could see them move 13 points clear of the relegation zone.
17th-placed Roofing won the reverse fixture 4-1 in August, and despite only winning one of their last 10 games, Ryhope assistant Stu Gooden believes his side will be in for a physical battle.
He said: “We’re expecting a similar game to [Bishop Auckland], the pitch will be not the best. They have big lads at centre half who will just boot it long, a bit like on Tuesday night.
“It will be a tough game as they will be desperate to get the points and their managers have spent a lot of money recently to get the lads they want in.”
Ryhope are sat in 15th position in the Division One of the Northern League, and a win could push them up one place and six points clear of the 2005 FA Vase semi-finalists.
But, Gooden is wary of his side’s heads dropping after the midweek defeat and going on a similar run to earlier this season, which saw Colliery Welfare lose nine consecutive league games.
The former Seaham Red Star assistant said: “We have to brush ourselves down and not dwell on Tuesday’s defeat. It’s been a hard midweek season, so we have to try to not dwell on it and make it consecutive defeats.
“If we can get a point at Jarrow Roofing, three points would be great, but just to avoid getting in any rut like we have been earlier in the season.”
Ryhope will make the 10-mile trip to the Boldon CA Sports Ground for a 3pm kick-off.