Easington Colliery dropped to 13th in Northern League Division Two with a 4-1 defeat to Jarrow FC on Saturday afternoon.

The game turned on a dubious second half penalty and Jarrow ran out comfortable winners in the end.

An unfortunate own goal put the Colliers behind in only the third minute but they responded through Jack Pounder.

Despite Easington starting the second half well, Jarrow regained their lead from the penalty spot after a controversial decision and this seemed to kill off the Green Army.

Jarrow inflicted further punishment on Easington with goals from Steven Graham and Aaron Kah.

The Colliers were without David Vincent and Ian Redman through injuries meaning Liam Adamson and Shane O’Brien came into the side.

The visitors couldn’t have hoped for a better start as they took the lead in only the third minute. Graham whipped a free-kick into the penalty area and Shane O’Brien’s attempted clearance was miscued and found the far corner to gift the visitors the lead.

Easington looked for a response and the Green Army created a chance in the sixth minute. Chris Pearson curled a cross into the penalty area to find Pounder but Gary Frater was able to save his header.

Peter Kane then had a couple of half chances for the visitors but failed to trouble Kyle Donaldson before James Talbot whipped a teasing cross into the Easington penalty area only for Frater to collect.

Following a quiet period, Talbot was involved again. Bursting down the wing, the former Hebburn Town man cut in to find Michael Cooke who’s effort was blocked and Pounder fired over with the rebound.

Another quiet period followed before a quick move pulled the Colliers level in the 35th minute. Quick thinking from Cooke saw the winger let the ball roll past him and it nutmegged the full-back in the process. With his man beaten, Cooke drove down the wing before drilling a superb low ball across goal where Pounder finished well.

Having levelled, a defensive error almost saw the Colliers behind once again. Chris Freeman’s loose pass gifted Kane possession and he should really have done better when shooting wide with only Donaldson to beat.

The Colliers had a penalty shout turned down in the 41st minute before Jarrow’s Graham fired a free-kick wide and that proved to be it for the first half.

Easington started the second half well as Jarrow were pegged back into their own half. An Ethan Wood free-kick was deflected behind for a corner in the 51st minute before the Colliers almost took the lead two minutes later.

Wood lifted a free-kick into the penalty area and O’Brien’s header kept the attack alive. The ball dropped to Pounder but his header from a matter of a few yards dropped into the hands of the goalkeeper. Anywhere else and the Colliers would have been ahead.

The Colliers were made to pay for this miss. Jarrow worked the ball to Grant Pressling in the penalty area and he ran straight into O’Brien before falling to the floor. To the amazement of Easington, the referee pointed to the penalty spot. Allen took responsibility from 12 yards and sent Donaldson the wrong way.

The dubious penalty seemed to kill off the Colliers and their performance dropped.

A third Jarrow goal came with an hour played. Graham whipped a free-kick into the penalty area and Donaldson decided against coming for the ball leaving Kane to prod it home.

Despite introducing Jimmy Appleby, Ryan Lincoln Barrow and Brian Smith to the affair, Craig Hughes’ side weren’t creating much.

Wood had a shot blocked while Pearson fired wide but other than that, Jarrow weren’t troubled.

The game was over when Jarrow added a fourth. Allen’s pass played Kah in and his delicate finish dinked over Donaldson.

Little came from the final quarter of an hour and it turned out to be a bad day at the office for the Colliers.

Easington Colliery: Donaldson, Freeman (Brian Smith, 84′), Ball (Lincoln Barrow, 70′), Pearson (c), O’Brien, Wood, Cooke, Green, Pounder, Adamson (Appleby, 63′), Talbot

Jarrow FC: Frater, Simpson, Little, Bone, Mellish, Allen, Kah (Murray, 85′), Graham, Pressling (Morton, 78′), Kane (c), Collins (Kirkham, 84′)

Unused subs: Ahmed, Attewell