Jarrow Roofing almost completed an incredible comeback against Shildon in their first game of the new Northern League season.
Shildon were three goals up at half-time through a brace from Adam Burnicle and a sensational finish from Matty Robson. The Roofers reduced the deficit in the second-half thanks to Dan Kirkup’s brace of his own.
The first half was an entirely one-sided affair as Shildon dominated Roofing’s half while the home side just looked to keep the visitors at bay.
Roofing did well to contain the threat until 35 minutes in when Burnicle got this first goal of the afternoon. The ball had been bouncing around the penalty are and the Roofers had failed to clear their lines before Burnicle latched onto the ball and smashed it in from close range.
Shildon’s lead was doubled in the 41st minute as Robson was left unmarked on the left-hand side of the area and fiercely let fly on the half-volley, leaving Roofing goalkeeper Shaun Newbrook with no chance.
Matters were made worse for the Roofers in the 44th minute as Burncile looked to put the game beyond the Roofers with another great finish, this time from the right-hand side of the area.
The Roofers came out in the second-half with a different approach. Kirkup moved up-front from defence and looked to cause problems for Shildon’s experienced back four.
The switch proved to be effective when Kirkup brought Roofing back into the game only two minutes after the restart. Roofing had a couple of efforts denied in the lead up to the girl but Kirkup was on hand to finally force the ball in at the back post.
Kirkup got his second in the 72nd minute with a looping header over Nicholas Liversedge in the Shildon goal.
Roofing continued to throw men forward in search of a late equaliser in the final moments of the match but the Shildon defence just about managed to weather the storm.
Roofing’s best chance fell to debutant Liam Henderson but his shot was smashed over the crossbar after a neat lay-off from young forward Olly Martin.
Roofing boss Richie McLoughlin believes his side’s performance in the second-half showed what they’re capable of, but that there’s still more to come from his players.
“I think we’re a good side and we proved that in the second-half,” he said.
“That’s six goals we’ve given away in two games but we’ve shown what we can do in the second-half if we play as a team.
“When we stop making stupid mistakes and giving silly goals away then we’ll start winning games. Even in the first half, we played well for half an hour before we started making mistakes.”
Midfielder Lee Kerr agreed with his manager’s assessment that there were positives to take away from the performance but that there are still things the team needs to work on before the Roofers can start picking up results to match the end of last season.
“I don’t think we played that badly apart from the last 15 minutes of the first half,” he said.
“We seemed to crumble like we did last week. We need to look at the mistakes and work out why it’s happening because it can’t happen every week.
“You could see today that we’ve got something going forward but we just need to tighten up as a team.”
Roofing will be hoping to get their season properly started over the next week as they make the trip to Penrith on Wednesday night before heading to Washington next Saturday.
Roofing Man of the Match: Dan Kirkup
Match Reporting: Dan Robinson
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|1. Shaun Newbrook|
|2. Ross Toward||Assist|
|4. Anth Myers|
|5. Dan Kirkup||GoalGoal|
|6. Shaun Vipond||Assist|
|7. Lee Kerr|
|10. Dennis Knight|
|11. David Palmer|
|14. Jamie Marshall|
|16. Ryan Burton|
|17. Olly Martin|
|15. Ethan Wood||Sub10|
|18. Liam Henderson||Sub11|