Originally published in the Shields Gazette on May 29th, 2013.
Jarrow U21s finished in style as they recorded a fantastic hat-trick.
The South Tynesiders claimed a league and cup double for the third season running, in their last season together as a team.
Many of the players will be too old for the under-21s next season, and they went out with a bang.
Paul Thu’s side beat Guisborough Town 4-1 after extra-time to secure their third successive double in a season that has seen them win every game.
Having won the Under 18s Russell Foster Youth League, Jarrow moved into the Under 21s league three years ago have continued the winning streak.
Jarrow were pegged back after Tony Chilton’s close-range opener but, with the teams locked at 1-1 after 90 minutes, Jarrow powered to a comfortable win at Eppleton CW’s ground with top scorer Grant Pressling deservedly restoring the lead.
Pressling then added a third as Jarrow got into their stride and the tie was put beyond doubt as a tiring Guisborough defender put into his own net.
Man of the match Dean Black and captain Alex Bone kept Jarrow in the game at times with some inspiring defending while Pressling shone, providing the assist for the first goal as well as his double in extra-time.
A young Guisborough side put up a good fight and matched Jarrow for most of the match. They were well beaten in the end but the performance boads well for next season and beyond.
Under the stewardship of Thu and assistant Mick Wilkinson, Jarrow have gone from strength to strenth over the years. Sponsor Lee Hughes, owner of the Red Hackle pub on the Scotch estate, also deserves credit for his continued support of the side which has reached heights that, quite possibly, may never be seen again.