Jarrow Roofing almost completed an incredible comeback against Shildon in their first game of the new Northern League season.
Shildon were three goals up at half-time through a brace from Adam Burnicle and a sensational finish from Matty Robson. The Roofers reduced the deficit in the second-half thanks to Dan Kirkup’s brace of his own.
The first half was an entirely one-sided affair as Shildon dominated Roofing’s half. Roofing did well to contain the threat until 35 minutes when Burnicle latched onto the ball and smashed it in from close range.
Shildon’s lead was doubled in the 41st minute as Robson was left unmarked on the left-hand side of the area and fiercely let fly on the half-volley, leaving Roofing goalkeeper Sean Newbrook with no chance.
Matters were made worse for the Roofers in the 44th minute as Burncile looked to put the game beyond the Roofers with another great finish, this time from the right-hand side of the area.
The Roofers came out in the second half with a different approach. Kirkup moved up front from defence and the switch proved to be effective when he brought Roofing back into the game only two minutes after the restart. forcing the ball in at the back post.
Kirkup got his second in the 72nd minute with a looping header over Nicholas Liversedge in the Shildon goal.
Roofing continued to throw men forward in search of a late equaliser in the final moments of the match but the Shildon defence just about managed to weather the storm.
Roofing boss Richie McLoughlin believes his side’s performance in the second half showed what they’re capable of, but that there’s still more to come from his players.
“That’s six goals we’ve given away in two games but we’ve shown what we can do in the second-half if we play as a team.
“When we stop making stupid mistakes and giving silly goals away then we’ll start winning games. Even in the first half, we played well for half an hour before we started making mistakes.”