It’s a year and eight months since I was last at Jarrow Roofing. That came when they hosted Morpeth Town at the back end of the 2015-2016 season. Since then, I’ve watched them a couple of times (many in cup competitions) but haven’t visited them. I said on Tuesday that the game at Sunderland RCA would be my only game of this midweek as I wasn’t aware of this game. It was only on Wednesday morning when Dave Copeland (Seaham’s secretary) pointed out to me that this game was being played tonight. Little has changed since my last visit to Roofing but there was one thing that surprised me – the programme. Now, I don’t like to criticise programmes as I know they take a lot of work and can be a chore. Roofing used to do a good programme. It was professionally designed and very similar to Seaham’s. But, I got a shock when I got one today. It was literally one sheet of A4 paper folded into three (like a leaflet) and in black and white. One side had Seaham’s history and pen pics and the other side had a very basic cover, the squad lists (which included Ethan Wood who signed for Easington quite a while ago!) and a league table. It’s fair to say it’s a disappointing programme, especially for a club who have a media team of at least four people!
Martin hat-trick summons Seaham to defeat
Olly Martin scored a hat-trick as Jarrow Roofing comfortably beat Seaham Red Star 3-0 on Friday night.
It took the former South Shields Reserves man only 17 minutes in the second half to collect his hat-trick after a goalless first half.
Martin’s 50th minute strike put the Roofers ahead, and his second came in the 55th minute.
He added a third in the 67th minute and it could have been more for the hosts but Liam Anderson missed a late penalty.
Missing players like Craig Lynch and Lee Hetherington through injury, Seaham started with Liam McBryde and Thomas Scott leading the line.
It was a cagey start from both sides. There was plenty of effort and desire but it was an actionless opening 10 minutes.
A Roofing penalty shout was turned down in the 11th minute as David Palmer fell in the penalty area before Paul Garthwaite fired wide for the hosts with the first shot of the game.
Jarrow Roofing seemed to have a slight edge and they would have taken the lead in the 16th minute had it not been for the assistant referee. A perfectly weighted through ball played Martin in and he slotted home only to be greeted by the offside flag.
Red Star grew into the game and found a bit of joy down the wings with crosses from both Robbie Bird and Callum Munro causing trouble for Roofing but they eventually cleared.
Lee Kerr went close to opening the scoring for Jarrow Roofing in the 33rd minute. Playing against his former club, Kerr collected possession on the edge of the penalty area and his volley had Jordan Harkess troubled but it dipped wide.
Two minutes before the break, Seaham created the first halves best chance. Alex Ramshaw’s through ball played Scott in but the ball bobbled up at a crucial point and Scott blasted over when one-on-one.
Seaham introduced Nicky Kane at half-time and he went close within the opening two minutes when sending a free header over the crossbar.
However, Seaham were to be punished as Roofing broke the deadlock in the 50th minute. A low ball found its way to Martin who had too much room and he punished Seaham by picking out the bottom corner.
That lead was doubled a matter of five minutes later. Martin stole possession from Brad Staunch and raced down on goal before slotting past Harkess to collect his brace.
Seaham almost immediately responded. A sharp break found Bird and he cut in before drilling an effort that trickled a matter of inches wide of the far post.
Iulian Petrache had a header cleared off the line as Roofing looked for a third, before Harkess was forced into a fine save to prevent Martin from collecting his hat-trick.
However, there was to be no denying Martin of his hat-trick. Halfway through the second half, Kerr’s through ball played the centre-forward in and he poked home to seal his hat-trick.
It was evident that it wasn’t Seaham’s night but they kept plugging away. Bird and Kane both failed to find the target with half chances as the second half wore on before Scott’s long-range effort forced an easy save from Shaun Newbrook.
In the final minute, Roofing had a great chance to add gloss to the win after being awarded a penalty. Substitute Liam Anderson took responsibility but Harkess saved well.
It counted for little though as Jarrow Roofing claimed the three points to go five points clear of the relegation zone.
Full-time: Jarrow Roofing 3-0 Seaham Red Star
Next up for me is Ryton & Crawcrook Albion vs Easington Colliery tomorrow.
Jarrow Roofing: Newbrook, McArdle, Walton, Vipond (c), Petrache, Fisher, Garthwaite, Kerr, Martin (Duell, 89′), Gardiner (Anderson, 81′), Palmer
Unused subs: Varga, Regan, Dadd
Seaham Red Star: Harkess, Munro, Staunch, Scorer, Chapman, Hodgson, Croft (Johnston, 65′), Ramshaw, Scott, McBryde (Kane, 46′), Bird (c)
Unused subs: Galbraith, Patton
Admission: £6 adults, £4 concessions
Attendance: About 100
Programme: Free (thankfully!)
Chips and chilli: £2
Referee: Michael Andrews