Northern League: Palmer, Bird double up as Red Star turn on style

Robbie Bird netted twice for Seaham Red Star
Robbie Bird netted twice for Seaham Red Star
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Seaham Red Star set themselves up nicely for Tuesday’s FA Carlsberg Vase third round tie at Dunston UTS with a cracking performance in a 5-1 First Division rout of Jarrow Roofing last night.

Mark Collingwood’s men simply outplayed the South Tynesiders, who trailed by five goals before Paul Chow claimed a consolation in the last minute

Robbie Bird squared the ball from the by-line to David Palmer and he made no mistake for the opening goal, beating Roofing goalkeeper Dan Regan in the 20th minute.

Palmer and former Sunderland striker Ryan Noble then combined for Lewis Wing to drive home from 25 yards, into the bottom right corner of the net, and worse was to follow for the visitors, who went three goals down before the interval.

Bird moved forward down the middle of the field and his slide-rule pass found Palmer, who beat Regan for a second time.

The roles were reversed after 55 minutes, with Palmer the provider for Bird to make it four and it was game, set and match in the 70th minute as Bird again found the target, after been put through on goal by Noble.

Good work by James Fairley and sub Jordan Lartey enabled Chow to claw a goal back for Richie McLoughlin’s side, but the night ended on a sour note when Roofing’s Anthony Myers was shown a straight red card in added time, for a last-man foul on Noble.

Two of today’s Ebac Northern League fixtures were postponed last night.

Norton and Stockton Ancients’ home game with Ashington in Division One is off because of a waterlogged pitch, as is the Second Division clash between Brandon United and Hebburn Town.