Roofing hitman Chow shoots down Consett in league upset

Teammates rush to congratulate Jarrow Roofing striker Paul Chow, left, after what turned out to be the winner in the 3-2 victory over Consett. Pic: Gary Welford.
Teammates rush to congratulate Jarrow Roofing striker Paul Chow, left, after what turned out to be the winner in the 3-2 victory over Consett. Pic: Gary Welford.

Jarrow Roofing pulled off something of an upset on Saturday, running out 3-2 winners at home to Consett in their Northern League Division One clash.

The Roofers showed no signs of rustiness despite not having a game for two weeks, as they took the lead inside three minutes.

Jarrow Roofing's Paul Chow proves a handful for the Consett defence. Pic: Gary Welford.

Jarrow Roofing's Paul Chow proves a handful for the Consett defence. Pic: Gary Welford.

A searching ball found Kerry Hedley running up to the edge of the penalty area, and the former Darlington RA man was able to fire in from the left-hand side – Peter Jeffries only able to get a hand on it as it flew past him.

The home side doubled their advantage on eight minutes, completely deservedly considering their dominance in possession.

Having seen his side put together a truly brilliant passing move as they worked their way up the pitch, Paul Chow found himself running into the penalty area with the ball at his feet and rounded the ‘keeper – making no mistake as he fired the ball into the top corner of an empty net.

Despite their early dominance Roofing went through a spell of sloppy passing and whilst not looking second-best, they certainly weren’t as on top as they were to begin with.

Jarrow Roofing's Paul Chow heads goalwards during Saturday's 3-2 win over Consett. Pic: Gary Welford.

Jarrow Roofing's Paul Chow heads goalwards during Saturday's 3-2 win over Consett. Pic: Gary Welford.

Consett halved the deficit when, on 19 minutes, an in-swinging corner from the left was poorly defended by the Roofers and Luke Sullivan was allowed a free header.

The two-goal advantage was nearly restored in the 37th minute as club captain Alex White volleyed the ball in after it had bounced around the penalty area following a corner, only to see the flag raised for offside, much to the frustration of the defender and his team mates.

Instead, the next goal went the way of the visitors in the last minute of first-half regulation time.

After a quick Consett counter attack, Michael Sweet carried the ball to the edge of the penalty area and put it beyond Dan Regan after the Roofing goalkeeper had come out to meet it.

At that point, the Roofers were no doubt frustrated to have given away a two-goal lead and would have gone in to half-time feeling dejected had Chow not grabbed his 15th goal of the season with almost the last kick of the half.

In the first minute of injury time, the Northern League legend was able to simply glide through and turn in the penalty area – leaving half of Jeffries’ goal exposed and giving the striker time and space to send a rocket into the net.

Although the second half saw no goals, there was good football played by both sides.

Jeffries was outstanding all afternoon for Consett, putting his body on the line several times in order to keep his team in the game.

For the Roofers, it was an exceptional all-round performance – something which will no doubt satisfy the Roofing management as they look to kick-start their season.