Identical to last Tuesday, the plan tonight was Ryhope CW vs Ashington. Also identical to last Tuesday, that game was postponed. I wasn’t going to bother with a game tonight but a last-minute decision took me to Jarrow Roofing vs Washington. This was actually the third time I’ve seen these two play each other. I’ve seen them play a league game and an Ernest Armstrong Memorial Cup final at Hebburn Town on the 5th of May 2014. As I didn’t take many notes tonight, I’m going to do something which I’ll have to do for NCTJ exams – a match report consisting of around 250 words excluding a headline. That’s considerably shorter than mine normally are. After tonight, I’ll be at the Premier League Darts at Newcastle on Thursday night and I should be at Sunderland U23s vs Manchester City U23s at Eppleton CW on Friday night. To be honest, I was surprised this game went ahead. The referee didn’t seem best pleased by the pitch and he delayed kick-off by 20 minutes. There was a layer of frost on the pitch but credit must go to the referee for playing it.
Washington hit for five at Jarrow Roofing
Jarrow Roofing eased their relegation fears with an emphatic 5-1 win over local rivals Washington on Tuesday night.
On a frost covered pitch, goals from David Palmer, Liam Anderson, Dennis Knight, Paul Gardiner and Olly Martin saw the Roofers climb to within two points of 19th-placed Penrith.
The two sides went into the break level with Washington’s Jake Pickard cancelling out Palmer’s opener but the hosts ran away it in the second half.
Despite Roofing the brighter, no clear-cut chances came in the opening quarter of an hour.
With the hosts becoming more creative, Anderson and Knight both tested Dan Gladstone but the former Durham City keeper held firm.
Roofing’s breakthrough came in the 23rd minute. A wide free-kick was worked to Anderson and he slotted the ball through to Palmer who finished with confidence.
Darting runs from Anderson and Lee Kerr provided Jarrow Roofing with further chances, but Knight and Palmer couldn’t convert.
In a rare attack for the visitors, Vinny Gash was played in on goal in the 28th minute but Shaun Newbrook made himself big and prevented the former Brandon United forward.
With just over 10 minutes of the first half remaining, Washington equalised. A clever passing move found Pickard on the edge of the penalty area and his effort took a wicked deflection to wrong-foot Newbrook and nestle into the net.
Despite Washington creating a couple of chances early in the second half, Roofing regained their lead through Anderson in the 66th minute. Kerr’s long-range effort was parried by Gladstone and Anderson was quickest to react to blast into the roof of the net.
Two minutes later, Roofing doubled their lead. With probably the pick of the goals, Knight worked his way across the edge of the penalty area before turning and drilling an unstoppable effort into the top corner.
Sixteen minutes from time, Roofing wrapped up the points. In similar fashion to their second, Martin’s original effort was saved but Gardiner was on hand to tuck home the rebound.
Roofing’s fifth with 10 minutes to play put a seal on an impressive night. A sharp break played Martin in and his finish gave Gladstone no chance.
Full-time: Jarrow Roofing 5-1 Washington
Well, maybe this report is a bit over 250 words (361 actually) but at least I know I can definitely do it when I need to!
Next up for me is Sunderland U23s vs Manchester City U23s on Friday night.
Jarrow Roofing: Newbrook, Martin, Walton, Marshall (c), Vipond, Kerr, Gardiner, Myers (Fisher, 78′), Knight, Anderson (Winn, 71′), Palmer (McArdle, 46′)
Unused subs: Varga, Campbell
Washington: Gladstone, Gibbon, Parker (Wood, 82′), Thompson, White (c), Mogwo (Hanson, 69′), Brown, Pickard, Wilson, Pickford, Gash
Unused subs: Allan, Akal, Greenwood
Admission: £6 adults, £4 concessions
Programme: None left
Hot dog: £1.50
Referee: Craig Dean