A heavily depleted Jarrow Roofing travelled to relegation-threatened West Auckland Town and came away with a 2-0 win after Michael Mackay notched twice for the Roofers.
Missing a heavy number of players including goalkeeper Lewis Brass, midfielder Lee Kerr and forward Dennis Knight, Roofing were forced into starting with the unfit Anth Myers in midfield with Andy Hunter returning in goal.
And it was Hunter who stood out early on, getting down to his right to keep out Craig Ruddy’s penalty after Daryll Donnelly was harshly adjudged to have fouled on edge of the area after 8 minutes.
Chris Winn almost gave the South Tynesiders the lead midway through the half from Mackay’s centre but a fine save from the home keeper defied the Roofing striker.
Mackay headed the opening goal just before the break when he met Paul Chow’s centre to beat the keeper from close range.
West enjoyed a period of pressure after the break yet some stout defending, alongside some smart saves from Hunter, kept Roofing in the lead before the Mackay doubled the lead on 83 minutes.
Ethan Wood found Winn on the left and his cross into the box found Mackay who struck home.
With the game entering added on time, Hunter bravely came through a crowd of players to punch clear, taking a hit on the way.
After a period of treatment, the keeper was forced off with Chow moving into goal in anticipation of an aerial bombardment and Andy Hudson moving up front, with the goalkeeper coach having been named as an outfield substitute after a number of injuries left the Roofers without any other fit bodies on the bench.
However, with the reshuffle, Roofing managed to keep the ball in midfield and see the game out and move up to 13th place in the Northern League Division One.
The result leaves West Auckland 2 points clear of the final relegation place with a single game of the season remaining.
- Andy Hudson
Next match: Ashington (A), Saturday April 22 2o17, 3pm kick-off.
West Auckland Town