Seaham Red Star were condemned to an unwanted sixth straight defeat when they lost 1-0 at home to struggling Jarrow Roofing on Tuesday.
Calvin Smith scored the only goal of the game 44 minutes in. It means Seaham stay 10th in the Northern League table while Roofing moved up to 17th.
Away side Jarrow came at Seaham all guns blazing from kick off and should have taken an early lead but for wasting several opportunities, most notably when Seaham keeper Shaun Newbrook denied Christopher Winn from close range five minutes in.
Eventually The Star gained a foothold in the game and had chances of their own to take the lead. Unfortunately for them, the common theme of the game – wasting chances – started to take over. The Seaham forwards had several chances to get ahead in the first half but couldn’t take them.
Roofing had chances of their own, and had a goal disallowed for handball 28 minutes in as the ball hit Smith’s hand before falling to a teammate for an easy tap in. But it was Smith who got the opener for the visitors just before half time, firing home from the edge of the 18-yard box into the bottom corner.
Jarrow keeper Lewis Brass picked up man of the match in this game as he kept out the barrage of Seaham attacks in the second half. From the off Red Star went searching for the equaliser, coming as close as a headed clearance off the line 53 minutes in.
Around the hour mark Brass had to make several saves in quick succession frustrating the hosts. This was Craig Lynch’s first game back for The Star after missing the last few with injury, and even he, with 18 goals already this season, couldn’t break the deadlock. Brass denied Lynch fantastically from the edge of the area with a great diving save to stop the ball floating into the top right corner.
The visitors somehow held out for the victory and are now unbeaten in their last four games. The Star next face a lengthy away trip to Penrith next Wednesday.
Seaham Red Star XI: Newbrook, Walker, Galbraith, Staunch, Price, Johnston, Kane, Burton, Palmer, Bird and Lynch.
Subs Used: Hetherington and Proctor.
Subs Not Used: Scorer, Murphy and Goodman.
Jarrow Roofing XI: Brass, Toward, Marshall, Myers, Kirkup, Kerr, Chow, Smith, Winn, Knight and Vipond.
Subs Used: Bailey.
Subs Not Used: Donnelly, Varga and Mackay.