Jarrow Roofing last night crumbled in their final game before Christmas, losing 5-1 at Seaham Red Star.
The visitors looked equal in terms of possession and chances created during the opening 10 minutes of the Ebac Northern League First Division clash, but, as Seaham began to take the upper hand, a goal was inevitable.
On 19 minutes, the home side countered and Robbie Bird was able to run the ball to the by-line and send a low cross across the face of the goal, finding David Palmer, who was able to finish low into an empty net.
From that moment on, Roofing looked out of it and Seaham doubled their advantage 14 minutes later.
Palmer carried the ball to the edge of the area and held it up nicely, awaiting the arrival of Lewis Wing, who fired the square ball into the bottom right corner.
The 39th minute saw a third for the hosts as sloppy passing from a Roofing throw-in allowed Seaham to seize possession and play in Palmer, who beat Dan Regan from 18 yards.
Just before the break, Roofing were controversially denied what appeared an obvious penalty as Callum Patton was seemingly tripped while entering the penalty area.
The home side’s fourth goal came just five minutes after the interval as a run down the right from Palmer created lots of space, allowing the midfielder to cross for Bird, who got his first of the evening.
After finding himself in acres of space on 67 minutes, Bird grabbed another as he placed a cross from the right into the bottom corner of the Roofing net.
The 85th minute saw a consolation for the visitors, substitute Jordan Lartey making a brave run into the penalty area and playing the ball into the six-yard box for Paul Chow to tap it past the Seaham keeper.
The agony was further compounded for the Roofers when Anth Myers was shown a straight red card for a last-man foul in the 87th minute.
The visitors deserved everything they got on the night, with players’ decision-making among the key issues that will plague the minds of the management team ahead of their next game at home to Washington on Monday, December 28 (noon).