Jarrow Roofing condemn Celtic Nation to relegation

CLAIM ... Kirkup.
CLAIM ... Kirkup.

JARROW Roofing coasted to a 3-1 victory in Cumbria against Celtic Nation, relegating the hosts from Northern League Division One.

With Peter Leven and Shaun Vipond in superb form at the heart of the midfield, Roofing dictated play and pace, restricting Nation to long-range efforts throughout.

The Roofers took the lead after 32 minutes when Bruno Pilatos’s free-kick was swept low towards the back post, appearing to elude everyone in the box, before finding the bottom corner. Captain Dan Kirkup claimed a touch though the ball seemed to go in free of any other contact.

The lead was doubled eight minutes later when Paul Chow fired in his fourth goal in five appearances since returning to the club after being teed up by Lewy Teasdale.

Celtic Nation pulled a goal back 10 minutes into the second half when a long-range curler from James Salkeld beat Andy Hunter into the top corner.

Chow twice went close to adding to his tally. First he blazed over the bar when Danny Carson was well placed, then the striker got on the end of Jamie Marshall’s hook back across goal to smash the ball off the post.

Roofing eventually extended their cushion when Vipond wrapped up the scoring with 10 minutes of the game remaining.

Leven’s free-kick was knocked down by Chow and Vipond held off the challenge of a defender to fire in Roofing’s third of the game and condemn the Cumbrians to second division football next season.

The Roofers complete their season with a home game next Saturday against Whitley Bay with the South Tynesiders, seventh in the table, still having an outside chance of finishing in a top-six position, equalling their highest ever league placing.