TEN-man Jarrow Roofing gave themselves hope of avoiding the drop with a well-deserved 4-2 win at home to relegation rivals Stokesley at the weekend.
But their cause wasn’t helped by neighbours SOUTH SHIELDS, who lost 3-2 to Roofing’s relegation rivals Billingham Town.
Bottom side Stokesley are all but down now after this latest loss, but the Roofers kept their hopes alive with victory.
they’d stormed into a 2-0 lead thanks to strikes from Calvin McMahon and Kris Hughes, before Owen Dixon pulled a goal back for the visitors.
Craig Nelson restored the two-goal advantage, but when David Anderson was dismissed with still an hour to play, it looked bleak for Roofing.
Nelson, however, made it 4-1, and although Dixon was on the scoresheet again, Stokesley were also reduced to 10 men when Matthew Dunford was red-carded, and Roofing held on for the win.
Roofing manager Richie McLoughlin said: “It was a poor game, but I was happy with a win.”
Roofing stay in the relegation zone, however, after fourth-bottom Billingham came from behind to beat Shields.
It was the third time the Teessiders had defeated the Mariners this season, and came courtesy of two late goals.
In an even first half, Peter Kane twice went close to giving Shields the lead with shots from the edge of the box that flew just wide of the post.
Billingham were finding it difficult to break out of their half as Shields maintained the pressure on the home defence, Denver Morris and Gilberto Chapim combined on the right to release Jonny Wightman but the Shields striker saw his shot deflected for a corner.
With 10 minutes of the first half remaining Shields again went close to opening the scoring, Chris Feasey outpaced the Billingham defence before playing the ball into the path of Wightman, but the Shields striker fired his shot across the face of the goal.
After a goalless first half, the hosts started the quicker of the two sides, and inside five minutes they took the lead. Jake Cunningham failed to deal with a cross and the ball fell to David Onions, who tapped home from close range.
Shields responded well as they pressed forward looking to restore parity but were unable to break through a resolute Billingham defence as Kane and Wightman both had shots blocked by the home defence.
And they were level with 20 minutes remaining as a long throw by Wightman found Jordan Fraser in the Billingham box, and the Shields defender fired home from close range.
Within a minute, Shields went ahead through a similar route. Another Wightman long throw found Fraser, and he knocked the ball into the path of Feasey who made no mistake from 10 yards.
The Shields joy was only to last a minute, however, as from the restart Billingham pressed forward, and a Jamie Scope clearance hit Jamie Owens and rebounded into the empty net to restore parity.
With five minutes left on the clock, a third defensive error gifted the ball for Owens and he made no mistake as he curled the ball in from the edge of the box to give Billingham all three points with a 3-2 victory.