24 Oct 2021 in Match Reports
Albion maintained their unbeaten run in all competitions but couldn't do enough to secure all three points against Jarrow...
RACA 1-1 Jarrow
Jason Blackburn’s header put a minor dent in Albion’s promotion chances but the post-match talk was dominated by two contentious penalty decisions.
Konner Lamb’s volley gave RACA first-half advantage before Blackburn struck after the break to share the spoils.
Albion went into yesterday’s clash buoyant from Wednesday’s 6-1 thrashing of Sunderland West End, with Dan Iredale making three changes from the cup victory.
Jarrow almost scored a comical goal on four minutes when Dan Gladstone cleared the ball off Channon North inside the area.
Albion’s keeper was spared any blushes and would have been relieved to see the ball float over his crossbar and not in the back of the net.
He made a fantastic save moments later to deny North from a corner, with the veteran caressing a header that looked destined to break the deadlock.
Both sides played the same formation and it showed, with neither managing to get a grip on the game and cancelling each other out tactically.
The visitors had another decent chance when North hooked the ball back to Ross Toward on the edge of the box, but his shot was blazed high and wide.
It was going to take a moment of brilliance to separate these two sides, and supporters saw exactly that on 42 minutes when Lamb volleyed in the opener.
The RACA winger, fresh off a dazzling performance in midweek, sliced a volley on the bounce from 25-yards out that floated into the top corner and past the hapless Steven Hubert.
Drama unfolded on the stroke of half-time as Gladstone denied North from point-blank range to kickstart a promising Albion counter-attack.
Lamb picked up the ball on the right flank and charged towards the penalty area. As he skipped past Scott Wallace, the Jarrow full-back clumsily brought him down and the referee gave a free-kick.
The home dugout was incensed as they felt the foul was clearly in the area, but the referee ignored those calls - and the linesmen - to stick to his original decision.
The second half followed a similar pattern to the first; a close, fiercely-fought affair that typified the intensity of the Northern League.
Jarrow’s goal came from the left wing as Gary Shaw picked out Blackburn with a cross, who headed home unmarked to level the scores.
RACA began to push for the winner in the closing stages, with Jarrow seemingly content to take a deserved point back to South Tyneside.
Joe Thompson almost caused pandemonium inside Kingsley Park when his shot crept inches wide of the post.
You felt that was THE moment to win the game and it went begging, but there was to be another…
Lamb burst down the left wing and was inside the penalty area, before being bundled to the floor by Toward.
The tension inside the ground was immense with all eyes fixed on the referee, who once again said no to send Dan Iredale into an uproar.
Two penalty decisions aside, a point apiece was probably a fair result as both sides had decent chances to win the game.
Albion extend their unbeaten run to five games, but may feel as though an opportunity went astray as this was their game in hand on the league leaders.
Starting XI - Gladstone, Brown, Laws, Paterson, Symons, Bamborough, Pickford, Lamb, Williamson, Thompson, Kent
RACA Fans’ Man of the Match: Shaun Pickford