Jarrow Roofing fell to a 3-1 home defeat at the hands of West Auckland Town after playing with ten-men for over an hour in a game where they will consider themselves unlucky not to have claimed at least a point.
After starting slowly, and conceding early, the Roofers began to have most of the attacking thrust until the turning point of the sending off of Adam Sakr just before the half hour mark.
Sakr saw red after an off-the-ball incident with West’s Jack Elliot. That saw the game turn into a niggly, and Roofing were angered moments later when Craig Ruddy’s elbow caught Jamie Marshall flush across the face. After lengthy treatment for the Roofing full-back, the referee, well placed for the incident, consulted his assistant but only gave a long talking-to to the West winger.
The 10 men of Roofing battled hard to get back into a game that they had fallen behind in withjust seven minutes on the clock.
A long ball saw Mattie Moffat get behind Dan Kirkup and the forward’s pass across goal was finished off by Adam Preston.
Roofing began the second half a lot stronger and drew level just three minutes after the whistle through a Michael Mackay wonder strike.
The forward collected a Kris Hughes pass out wide on the right, and moving in from the touchline, he smashed a low, left-footed drive past Gareth Shaw to equalise.
Paul Chow was unable to divert a powerful header on target as Roofing pressed but when the next goal came, it was the visitors who snatched it - and yet again, Roofing were angry at the referee and his assistant on the main stand side.
West countered with the ball and when Moffat found himself beyond the defensive line and one-on-one with keeper Andy Jennison, his forward pass to Preston – who himself was ahead of play – was dispatched into the open goal with 15 minutes remaining.
The game was wrapped up five minutes later when in the midst of a goalmouth scramble, Preston bundled the ball over the line to complete his hat-trick and give new joint managers Darren Williams and Steve Skinner a first league win of the season.
Next up for midtable Roofing is a home clash tomorrow night against FA Vase winners Morpeth Town.