Jarrow Roofing boss Richie McLoughlin remains positive despite their 4-0 defeat by Morpeth Town.
Liam Henderson grabbed a first-half hat-trick for the visitors before Wayne Phillips rounded off the victory for Morpeth.
Roofing were without a number of key players again having had problems with injuries all season. Dennis Knight, Dan Kirkup, Chirs Winn, Paul Garthwaite and Brad Varga all missed out while Darryll Donnelly was restricted to a place on the bench as he still hasn’t returned to full fitness.
Henderson opened the scoring after 29 minutes when he nodded in Jospeh Walton’s cross from the right.
Morpeth’s lead was doubled on the verge of half-time in the 45th minute as the Roofing defence failed to get rid of the ball rom their area, Henderson latched onto the loose ball and prodded it home.
There was a further lapse in concentration for the Roofers a minute later and it was again Henderson who took advantage and gave Morpeth a three-goal cushion going into the break.
The first half was tightly contested and the Roofers had done well to stay firm until the collapse so close to half-time. Roofing came out and looked like more of an attacking threat.
Roofing’s best piece of attacking play came in the 5t6th minute when Tom Bailey charged down the left and gave the ball to Olly Martin who twisted and turned to evade the Morpeth defenders in the area but his efforts only lead to a corner which was headed wide by debutant Daley Clarke.
Phillips completed the rout for Morpeth in the 89th minute after full-back Stephen Forster was allowed to cut inside from the right and hand the ball off to the midfielder who drove his shot in off the post.
It was a harsh scoreline on Roofing goalkeeper Shaun Newbrook who made a number of impressive saves throughout the match and dealt with each set-piece situation well.
“They’re a very, very good side but we could have done better,” McLoughlin said.
“We’ve conceded a couple of daft goals but throughout the match we’ve had our moments as well.
“It was just one of those days where we needed more players. The second half was much better but maybe it was because Morpeth felt they could sit back a little and invite us on.
“They didn’t create too much in the way of chances so that’s another positive we can take away from the game.”
Man of the Match: Ethan Wood
Match report: Dan Robinson
Boldon C.A. Sports Ground
Jarrow Roofing Boldon Community Association
|1. Shaun Newbrook|
|2. Ross Toward|
|4. Anth Myers|
|6. Shaun Vipond|
|7. Lee Kerr|
|11. David Palmer|
|14. Jamie Marshall|
|15. Ethan Wood|
|17. Olly Martin|
|19. Tommy Bailey|
|20. Daley Clarke|
|2. Corey Barnes||Sub11|