There was late drama from Nissan on Saturday afternoon as a goal from keeper Shaun Newbrook rescued a point for Jarrow Roofing away to Washington FC.
On a blustery afternoon at the Nissan Sports & Leisure Complex, Roofing twice came from behind to take a point from Washington, who continue their search for a first win this season.
In the first half, Roofing battled against strong winds and an energetic Washington side, who took the lead on seventeen minutes after Roofing failed to deal with a long ball into the box which was turned back in from the by-line and slotted home from close range.
Roofing continued to battle in a half with few chances and were eventually rewarded for their efforts right on the stroke of half-time, when midfielder Lee Kerr found the net with a low shot from the edge of the area.
With their backs to the wind in the second half, Roofing looked to utilise Dan Kirkup as a target man upfront.
Long balls forward from Roofing were finding their target but ultimately leading to few chances in a second half that quickly became a midfield battle between the two teams.
Signs of frustration began to show in both teams and as the half wore on neither seemed able to be able to take hold of proceedings.
It was beginning to look like a game that both sides were more fixed on not losing than winning when Washington broke and found themselves in the Roofing box with some quick link-up lay.
The challenge was made from Ryan Burton that brought down the Washington striker, and the referee did not hesitate to point to the spot. With just five minutes remaining, Washington were back in front when the penalty was converted into the bottom left hand corner.
Roofing displayed a good work ethic as they continued to press for a late equaliser in the dying minutes.
A string of corners saw Roofing throw caution to the wind as even goalkeeper Newbrook joined the cause. As the ball broke to Newbrook on the edge of the box, the Roofing shot-stopper caught it well on the bounce, with his shot just crossing the line before Washington bundled it back out and with captain Shaun Vipond pouncing to make sure the ball crossed the line a second time.
Man of the Match: Shaun Vipond
Match reporting: Liam Kendal
Nissan Sports Complex
|1. Shaun Newbrook||Goal|
|2. Ross Toward|
|4. Anth Myers|
|5. Dan Kirkup|
|6. Shaun Vipond|
|7. Lee Kerr||GoalYellow Card|
|14. Jamie Marshall|
|15. Ethan Wood|
|16. Ryan Burton|
|17. Olly Martin|
|21. Gary Dadd|