Late Roofing surge shatters Washington

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WASHINGTON were devastated as victory was taken from their grasp in stunning fashion in last night’s Ebac Northern League Second Division clash with Jarrow Roofing, writes MALCOLM PRATT.

Richie McLoughlin’s side scored twice in the final couple of minutes to snatch a 3-2 away win.

Michael Latimer converted a cross from his brother Richard to give the Newtowners a 30th-minute lead. Just before the interval, good work by Chris Hepple set up Andy Appleby to level.

Midway through the second period, Washington’s Michael Rush delivered a good finish over the head of keeper Jonathan Carmichael to restore the lead and, with 90 minutes almost up, a home win looked certain.

But, in the 89th minute, a Roofing shot rebounded off the post and Appleby pounced to equalise. Amazingly, deep into added time, and with virtually the last kick, David Palmer drove in the winner.

Victory lifted Roofing into eighth place, level with Morpeth, who enhanced their prospects by beating third-top Darlington RA 2-1.

In Division One, Stuart Banks’ treble inspired West Auckland’s 7-0 rout of Norton, backed by John Campbell (2), Elliott Gardner and Paul Garthwaite.

Shildon succumbed 2-0 to Ashington, with Glen Taylor and Marc Walton beating keeper Keith Finch, while Dunston UTS won at Newton Aycliffe with Chris Swailes’ 75th-minute strike.

Bishop Auckland reached the Brooks Mileson Memorial Cup quarter-finals when Stephen Salvin, Jamie Harwood and Andy Johnson saw off Marske United 3-1.

Second Division Esh Winning came close to an upset at Billingham Synthonia, who needed an extra-time goal from Nathan Jameson, his second of the game, to win 2-1. David Harrison equalised for Esh in the 83rd minute.