Jarrow Roofing and Sunderland RCA took a point each in the Ebac Northern League Division One after a 2-2 draw, writes Andy Hudson.
The Roofers included new signing Adam Rundle in their starting eleven and the former Football League player was dominant down the left in his first game of the season.
Yet despite Rundle’s neat play, RCA had a number of early chances with Andy Hunter saving well.
The lead was eventually taken after 24 minutes when Hunter could only parry Colin Larkin’s shot back into the danger zone and Jack Oroctor, completely unmarked, popped the ball into the net.
Roofing hit back six minutes later when Alex White made a superb block-tackle inside his own penalty area and the ball ballooned to halfway where John Campbell gathered before running in on goal and finishing.
Within a minute the Roof were on top when Jack Errington’s probing ball found Davey Gordon on the edge of the area.
The winger turned and deftly lobbed the ball over the keeper into the net.
Roofing were on top and created – and spurned – a number of opportunities, while RCA twice hit the woodwork.
The RCA equaliser came after 64 minutes when Noble turned inside on the left, played a square ball to Proctor who then curled a delicious 25-yard shot beyond Hunter and into the far side of the goal.
Rundle almost capped his debut with a goal in the closing stages, but just couldn’t stretch out enough on the slide to direct Jamie Marshall’s driven cross into the goal.
Despite gaining a point, captain Dan Kirkup has called on his team-mates to do more over the full 90 minutes to start winning games.
“We need to start applying ourselves better in games, right from the start and not stopping until the finish,” said the defender, who started from the bench after recovering from injury.
“At the moment we are just doing it in spells, and on Saturday, that came during the middle period of the game.
“It’s the type of game we should be thinking about winning at home, but it finished as a 2-2 draw and that was probably about a fair result.
“Sunderland RCA had some big chances during the first half and if it wasn’t for Andy Hunter in goal, who was fantastic, it could have been a lot worse for us.
“But on the other hand, in that second half we could have been out of sight.”
The draw in front of a healthy crowd of 118 means Roofing are still searching for their first home league win of the season with a quick return to home ground coming on tomorrow night when Seaham Red Star are the visitors to the Boldon C.A Sports Ground.