Chow and Kerr hit stunners at Jarrow Roofing get point at Whitley Bay

Paul Chow
Paul Chow

Two former Whitley Bay legends came back to haunt their old side as Jarrow Roofing drew 2-2 at Hillheads.

Liam Brooks put the home side ahead early on but Paul Chow and Lee Kerr, both former Bay favourites, scored with absolute screamers to ensure Roofing went in ahead at the break.

The lead was not to last long, though, as Kyle Patton levelled five minutes into the second half to ensure a share of the points.

Whitley Bay made their early possession pay as Brooks set Potter free down the right before the winger got to the byeline and crossed to the front post, where Brooks was on hand to volley in.

Good work from Chow almost led to Roofing getting back on level terms. He received the ball on the right wing and picked out Kerr in a central position. The midfielder set himself but drilled his shot just past the post.

The former Bay legend would soon go one better than that on 35 minutes as he produced a sensational strike. The veteran marksman received the ball from Kerr 35 yards out, with his back to goal. He turned his marker and smacked his shot into the top corner past a rooted Thomas Flynn.

Chow might have thought his sublime strike would have been the goal of the game, but another former Bay star, Kerr, had something to say about that as he turned from provider to goalscorer to give Roofing the lead on 44 minutes.

Anth Myers controlled a quick throw-in on halfway before threading the ball through to Kerr. The midfielder bombed forward before rifling a shot past Flynn from 30 yards.

The home side came out firing in the second half and the equaliser came on 50 minutes. Christopher McDonald’s volley from inside the box cannoned back off the post and fell to the feet of Patton, who tapped in.

The chances began flowing for both sides, with Darryl Donnelly having to hack a deflected effort off the line to keep the hosts at bay, while Dennis Knight saw his free-kick rebound against the post from 20 yards.

Whitley Bay began to control the game and left Roofing hanging on. Alex Kempster came close on 70 minutes for the hosts as he received the ball and split the visiting defence with a direct run. He got into the box but fired into the side netting.

Despite both sides bombing forward to try and grab a winner, neither side could manage another real chance on goal, and Roofing held out for a good point against a side looking to break into the top five.