LEWIS Teasdale continued his prolific run of goalscoring form as he struck a hat-trick to down Sunderland RCA.
The striker, who was partnered by the equally as impressive Paul Chow in attack, made it five goals from three outings to put RCA to the sword and make it two wins on the bounce for Jarrow Roofing.
It was a good day for Roofing’s attackers as Malky Morien also got in on the act to end his goal drought while Chow grabbed three assists on his return to the club.
Manager Richie McLoughlin was pleased to overcome a potentially tricky opponent.
He said: “It was a job well done in the end. We were comfortable throughout and I don’t think we really hit top gear – we didn’t need to.
“We were never going to take RCA lightly, especially after their good win last time out. The only time we were ever troubled was when we gave a daft goal away in the first half, that gave them a lift but we were able to take the game by the scruff of the neck again and keep our winning run going.”
Roofing made the short trip to Wearside facing something of a defensive crisis, but it was the visitors who were first out of the blocks, going ahead after just two minutes.
Bruno Pilatos found Chow on the right with a searching ball and the attacker cut into the box before flashing a cross across the face of goal which Josh Carmichael could only parry in to the path of Teasdale, who managed to bundle the ball over the line to give Roofing a dream start.
Chow was proving to be a real thorn in the side of the RCA defence, using his experience to bring others into the game, and on 25 minutes he played a huge part in Roofing’s second of the day.
The striker flicked Jamie Marshall’s clearance over the top of the defence and in to the feet of Teasdale who showed a great turn of pace to beat the offside trap before surging into the box and firing low past the on-rushing keeper.
The South Tynesiders were looking comfortable, but they were given a wake-up call seconds later as RCA pulled one back. A defensive mix up between Andy Hunter and Pilatos gifted possession to Colin Larkin who controlled the ball in the box and slotted into an empty net.
Steve Callen was next to try his luck, but saw his turn and shot from a tight angle crash off of Hunter’s right hand post. That was as good as it got for RCA in front of goal.
In Teasdale, Roofing have a striker brimming with confidence and he completed his hat-trick on 65 minutes, after a slow start to the second half from both sides.
Pilatos made a driving run down the right before feeding the ball to the feet of Chow. However, as he turned, he was bundled over in the box and the former Dunston UTS marksman wasted no time in stepping up to the spot to drive the penalty into the bottom left corner.
It’s been seven games since Morien last found the net in the league, and with Roofing bombing forward at will, thanks to RCA inviting pressure onto themselves by playing long balls forward, the powerful striker finally ended his wait in stoppage time - and Chow was at the heart of proceedings once again.
The former Whitley Bay man charged down the keeper following a weak back pass and the ball fell to Morien who made no mistake by passing home with ease from just outside the area.