Jarrow Roofing were relegated from the Ebac Northern League First Division last night.
A 4-1 defeat at Sunderland RCA condemned Richie McLoughlin’s men to the drop.
It was a huge night for Roofing, and they forged ahead on 23 minutes, when Gardiner sent the ball over the top and John Campbell headed it through to Liam Anderson, who made no mistake.
Goalkeeper Daniel Regan was then sent off for the visitors, following a foul on Luke Page outside the area.
That turned the game in RCA’s favour and they duly equalised on 63 minutes, when Stephen Callen volleyed home a fine strike.
Two minutes later, RCA went in front when a great curling shot from Dylan Elliott found the net. Nathan O’Neill was sent off for RCA, for using his elbow, in the 82nd minute. However, they clinched victory when Michael Charlton and Callen made it four late on.
Roofing boss Richie McLoughlin reflected on relegation, saying: “Despite the result, I can’t fault the effort. Individual errors have cost us. I’m disappointed with the result, but the season doesn’t hinge on tonight, it’s a 42-game season.”
Roofing finish off at home to Stockton tomorrow.
l Jarrow bring their first Northern League campaign to a close tomorrow with a trip to Thornaby.
The Perth Green side, under the joint stewardship of Dave Bell and Chris Hutchison, have more than exceeded expectations after their promotion, and sit comfortably in mid-table.
Jarrow have Aaron Kah and George Simpson return to the squad for the last game of the campaign, but Darren Morton is a doubt having picked up an injury in tonight’s game.
Bell said: “Chris and I must again give special praise to this group of players.
“We know a lot of teams are in the same position with a number of games in a short period of time but these lads have been absolutely brilliant and have given everything on the pitch all season.
“In our first season in the league to get to 50 points is a major achievement for us.
“We are really looking forward to the very tough challenge tomorrow and will be doing all we can to end the season on a high.”