Hirst and Graham fire Jarrow to victory over Harton and Westoe

Wearside League Football action between Harton and Westoe v Jarrow (yellow), played at Harton Welfare Ground, South Shields.
Wearside League Football action between Harton and Westoe v Jarrow (yellow), played at Harton Welfare Ground, South Shields.

Jarrow’s pursuit of the TWR Bi Folds Wearside Football League title is well and truly on track after yet another victory.

The league leaders edged to a narrow 2-0 away at bottom side Harton and Westoe, but Jarrow were far from their best.

Jarrow bagged all three points courtesy of strikes from Jonathan Hirst and Steven Graham.

Jarrow boss Dave Bell said after the game: “We started the game brightly, but faded away in the first half and Harton were actually the better team.

“However, we took our chances and went into the lead in the 19th minute with a 30-yard free-kick from Hirst that simply gave the keeper no chance.

“Our game improved in the second half and we doubled our lead with a great Graham finish on 53 minutes and we were fortunate to hold out for the win.

“On a day when we played nowhere near our capability.

“We have come away from the game with a win and while it would be great to play well and win at this stage of the season, for us, it is about the result.

“Full credit again goes to our lads who stuck in and to ground out the result.

“Their work rate was excellent and the difference was that we took our chances.

“We knew this would be a difficult game for us and that was exactly how it was.

However, we are incredibly delighted with the three points that we have claimed.”

Elsewhere in the Wearside league, Silksworth CW lost 2-0 at home to South Shields Reserves, but still remain in fourth position.

A tremendous strike from Guy Martin gave Shields the lead and Matthew Davidson scored the second after 65 minutes, for a comfortable win.

Boldon CA find themselves just two points behind Silksworth CW, but they do have two games in hand, after they won 3-2 at mid-table Gateshead Leam Rangers.

A hat-trick of headers from Adam Drysdale in the 15th, 75th and 85th minute, capped a great display from him.

Leam Rangers’ goals came from Anthony Huddart and Liam McVicar.

The victory sees Boldon have a four point gap over Cleator Moor Celtic, who beat Darlington 1883 Reserves 3-1 at the weekend.