JARROW Roofing’s slump continues and they are now in the bottom three of the STL Northern League First Division after crashing to a 7-1 defeat against rival strugglers Billingham Town on South Tyneside.
It was a baptism of fire for 18-year old goalkeeper Lee Burrell, who was beaten five times inside the opening 43 minutes.
David Onions fired home on five minutes before four goals flowed for the rampant Teessiders in the space of just 17 minutes.
James Cronesberry doubled the lead on 26 minutes, brothers Michael and Chris Dunwell then joining in the scoring and Billingham going nap as Onions bagged his second goal of the afternoon.
Just before the interval, Alex Benjamin reduced the five-goal deficit but his strike was only a temporary respite and in the second period Michael Dunwell and Glen Butterworth took Billingham’s tally to seven.
Billingham Town moved out of the bottom three, but Tow Law Town remain second from the basement after going down 2-1 at Marske United, whose matchwinners were Chris McGill and Tom Marron. Andrew Thompson replied for the Lawyers in stoppage time.
Sunderland RCA opened up a three-point lead at the top of the table with a 3-2 success at Shildon, who went two goals down to Mark Davison and Tom Berj, signed last week from Newcastle Benfield.
Craig Price bagged a brace to level the scores, but the Wearsiders clinched a crucial victory with Lee Owens’ late strike.
Improving Guisborough Town shocked Newcastle Benfield, who ended with only nine men. After Tom Marron had given the visitors an early advantage, Benfield goalkeeper Andrew Grainger was sent off in the 36th minute.
Luke Bythway made it 2-0 but the Tynesiders rallied and restored parity courtesy of Michael Chilton and Kevin Leighton.
Michael Roberts then crashed the ball into the roof of the net on 78 minutes and two minutes from time Benfield went down to nine men following Ross Peareth’s dismissal.
Ashington are seventh after defeating Norton and Stockton Ancients at Woodhorn Lane.
Andrew Johnson struck after just 52 seconds and following Nathan Mulligan’s equaliser, late strikes from debutant Marc Walton and Philip Bell saw the Colliers home.
Billingham Synthonia climbed into the top half of the table with a 2-1 win against Bishop Auckland at Central Avenue.
Bishops were unlucky to concede a 48th-minute goal when Danny Parker turned a cross from Danny McWilliams past goalkeeper Peter Jeffries.
The visitors quickly levelled as Daniel Hawkins fired past Josh Moody, but in stoppage time Hawkins conceded a penalty which Danny Earl converted for the winning goal.
Team Northumbria stretched their lead at the top of Division Two to seven points with victory at Crook Town, where Dean Critchlow (2) and Lee Scott had them three goals up inside 14 minutes.
Luke Proctor and Daniel Corbett threw Crook a lifeline but their hopes of salvaging a point receded with the dismissal of Graeme Liddle in the 73rd minute.
After going in front through Ben Keenan on 68 minutes, Alnwick Town had goalkeeper Brian Brooks red-carded and North Shields took advantage, equalising four minutes from time thanks to Dean Holmes.
Hebburn Town, with several games in hand on all of the sides above them, maintained their promotion push when they defeated second-from-bottom Horden CW 5-2.
Again, Liam McBryde was the hero for the South Tynesiders, rifling a hat-trick. Paul Gardner and Tony Stephenson also netted with Liam Dixon and Paul Regan replying for the Colliers.
Birtley Town stay in touch with the promotion pack, although they had to erase a two-goal deficit before gaining a draw at Thornaby.
Graeme Baverstock and Robert Pearson struck in the space of two minutes and, after Matthew Hornsby was on target, James Allsopp equalised with only five minutes left.
Ryton and Crawcrook Albion remain in the bottom six following a four-goal defeat by Darlington RA, whose marksmen were Fred Huscroft, Nick Lyons and Stephen Allison (2).