Sunderland West End found to their cost at Perth Green on Saturday that Jarrow’s early-season form might not be a ‘flash in the pan’.
Last season, Jarrow were indifferent to say the least, but ,with four wins out of five, share pole position in the fledgling table with Coxhoe Athletic.
And after enjoying a 5-0 weekend romp against West End, they are joint leading scorers with 16 goals.
Three goals in the opening 15 minutes just about killed off the visitors. By the seventh minute, Andrew Wilkinson had bagged a brace and when full-back Dean Black beat stand-in goalkeeper David Keithley, it was all but over for West End.
Peter Kane made it four before the break and, just before the end, Jarrow went nap with Chris Goss also on target.
Coxhoe Athletic also won 5-0, strolling past Harton and Westoe with consummate ease.
Robert Thompson and Ross Morrow each bagged a brace and Harton’s misery was compounded when they conceded a fifth goal to Tom Maddison in added time.
Redcar Athletic and Silksworth CW are equal on 10 points (two behind the top two) in third and fourth positions, respectively.
They shared in a 1-1 draw at the seaside where the Colliers played the last 13 minutes with 10 men.
Robert Hall was sent off for a handling offence and Brian Stewart despatched the resultant penalty past keeper Jonathan Williams.
Time was almost up when Silksworth grabbed a last-ditch equaliser, with James Cook producing a fine strike which gave goalkeeper Matthew Berry little chance.
It’s two wins and two defeats so far for Ashbrooke Belford House, who were surprisingly beaten 5-1 at Hartlepool.
The defeat was all the more disappointing since Pool played almost the entire second half with 10 men.
Mark Green opened the scoring for Ashbrooke, drilling the ball into the corner of the net, but the game turned a minute before the interval, when Ashley Clark levelled from the edge of the box.
Within five minutes of the restart, Pool had Joe Osborne sent off, but, despite the numerical disadvantage, they roared to a comprehensive victory courtesy of goals by Jamie Tumilty (2), Clark and Jonathan Merry.
Seaham Red Star Reserves twice held a two-goal advantage but had to work hard for a 3-2 victory at Richmond Town.
Michael Bulmer and Michael Cook put Star into a good position only for Nathan O’Connor to half the deficit a minute before the break.
Cook scored again, but Sam Grainger’s strike for the hosts ensured a tense final 10 minutes.
Horden CW went down 3-1 on their visit to Annfield Plain, whose man-of-the-match was Kai Hewitson with a hat-trick.
Kieran Voss threw the Colliers a lifeline when he reduced the deficit to two, but Hewitson’s third goal ensured Plain’s success.
Boldon CA hit Prudhoe Town for six as the goals rained in from James Pickering (2), Adam Bell, Shaun Carroll, Dominic Mossa and Aaron Burn.
Boldon boss Paul Mossa said: “I’m obviously pleased with the win and the scoreline but we must stop conceding poor goals.”
David Wansell and Aaron Fletcher claimed consolation goals for Prudhoe, who have now conceded 19 times in five games. They are second-bottom, only ahead of Wolviston on goal difference.
Wolviston claimed a first point in a 2-2 draw at Windscale with strikes by Nathan Bayes and Andrew McCreesh. Shaun Pollen netted both goals for the Cumbrians.
Stokesley SC just shaded South Shields Reserves 3-2.
Ahead through John Donaghue, the Mariners went behind to strikes by brothers Jordan and Ryan Rivis. James Wilson levelled, but, just before the end, Ryan Rivis claimed the winner.
Ryan Hall, Luke Close and Leigh Dunn netted in Cleator Moor’s 3-2 win at Leam Rangers. Brodie Simpson and Stephen Edwards replied.