SEAHAM Red Star’s Ebac Northern League Second Division promotion challenge suffered a big setback last night when Jarrow Roofing defeated derby rivals South Shields, writes MALCOLM PRATT.
Boldon-based Roofing’s dramatic 4-2 triumph took them up to 79 points, only two points behind third-top Star with two games in hand. Seaham only have two matches to play.
Roofing are favourites, together with second-top West Allotment Celtic, to join already promoted North Shields in the top flight next season.
Richie McLoughlin’s side made a dream start when Jamie Marshall and Andy Appleby combined for Anth Myers to fire past goalkeeper Jak Wells after only three minutes.
Worse was to follow for the Mariners as a superb run and cross by Marshall was helped on by Shaun Heads to Myers, who beat Wells at the second attempt.
The visitors responded immediately after the interval with Tony Burnell clipping the ball over goalkeeper Andy Hunter, but Roofing quickly re-established a two-goal cushion as Appleby struck following an Ian Davison free-kick.
With 10 minutes remaining, however, Shields were back in the game at 3-2. Davison was adjudged to have handled the ball and Elliott Cutts slotted the spot-kick into the net. Deep into added time, Myers completed his hat-trick heading in a Danny Carson free-kick.
Another important match in the promotion race comes tonight, when fifth-top Heaton Stannington visit Whickham. A win for Stann will take them within six points of third-placed Seaham, with two games in hand.
Star will hope that Whickham bounce back from the 5-1 weekend hiding sustained against North Shields.