JARROW Roofing boss Richie McLoughlin hailed the impact of returning striker Paul Robinson after their superb 3-2 derby win over South Shields.
Roofing came from two goals down to take all three points and keep alive their slim hopes of avoiding relegation from Northern League Division One.
Robinson, who began the season with the Roofers before moving down South, got one of the goals on his second debut for the club, having only returned to the fold late last week.
And McLoughlin – who has made the former Newcastle United striker part of his coaching staff – was delighted.
“Robbo is great in the changing room with the lads, and makes us all laugh, and that’s something we have missed.
“His girlfriend is moving up here with him now, and he wants to help me out, so I’ve made him a full coach.
“We played well on Saturday, but we have been doing that for a good few games, but just haven’t had the luck.
“It was good to have a full side out and to get the three points.”
It was Shields who dominated the opening exchanges, and they were rewarded early on when a corner from Matt Soulsby was eventually scrambled home by Adam Drysdale.
And Jon King’s side doubled their advantage four minutes later. Stephen Ramsey outpaced the home defence before squaring to David Colvin, who beat the two men on the line with his shot.
Roofing came more into the game, and Robinson hit the post, but on 38 minutes they were back in the game when Tony Coe was penalised for handball and Calvin McMahon stroked home the penalty.
Shields then pushed hard to restore the two-goal advantage, with Andrew Barclay and David Colvin both denied by former Mariner Josh Carmichael, but Roofing then broke away down the right and Chris Scott’s cross was coolly converted by Robinson.
And the home side completed the remarkable turnaround on the stroke of half time when striker Craig Nelson was first to the rebound after Jonny Ball saved from Kris Hughes.
The second half saw very few chances as Roofing frustrated the Shields forward line, and the Mariners finished the game with 10 men after Denver Morris was injured with King having already made his three substitutions.
The win moved Roofing level on points with fourth-bottom Penrith, who have played less games.
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