Stu Gooden praised his side's defensive resilience.

Stu Gooden is keen to see his side avoid consecutive defeats.

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.