Coyle and Wood at double for a resurgent Rovers in Alliance
Spittal Rovers 4-2 Bedlington Town
Debutant Stuart Coyle took no time at all in getting off the mark in a black & white shirt, scoring a second half double to earn Rovers a much needed league win and in the process, inflicting a fourth successive defeat on their opponents.
It was a game that could of swung either way and with the Seasiders inability to keep goals out they found themselves with a mountain to climb a third of the way through the tussle.
Joseph Thompson got the opener, reacting first following some poor defending at a free kick. The lead was then doubled when Darren Percy ghosten in to meet a corner kick at the back post despite Darren Thompson’s best efforts on the goal line.
A reshuffle was required when Ewan Sherry limped off with a recurring knee injury, the experienced Jamie Punton replacing him in central defence. His introduction helped to push Rovers forward and they pulled a goal back just before the interval when Kyle Jeffrey recycled a long cross to the back post - his ball back into the danger area met by top goalscorer Paul Wood who tapped home his eleventh goal of the campaign.
Wood again was presented with an opportunity after the restart and after breaking the offside trap, he confidently rounded the Bedlington keeper to level the scores.
Jubilation quickly turned to despair when the visitors were awarded a penalty as a result of a Michael Saunders hand ball, but Stephen Mason’s heroics in the Spittal goal led to the spot kick being saved, Bedlington blowing a great chance to stamp their authority on the game once again.
Their problems continued when they lost a player due to a second booking and this gave the hosts a huge boost to go and win the match.
Midway through the second half, Wood’s endeavour got him in behind and his cut back was met by Coyle who slotted home to open his account. As the game reached the latter stages, Coyle drilled home an excellent free kick into the corner out of the reach of the visiting keeper to secure the victory which will give Rovers confidence going into a hectic April schedule which will see them play eight league games.
Shilbottle CW 0
North Sunderland 3
A single goal from Neil Macfarlane separated the teams at half time while in the second half a goal from Robert Scott extended the lead with a late Ryan Thompson goal ensuring the visitors finished their league campaign with a win .
Craster Rovers 4
Highfields United 1
(Craster won 9 – 6 on agg).
Craster made progress as two first half goals from Richard Stanwix gave them the lead at half time.
In the second half Martin Inglis netted for Highfields but further strikes from Harry Woolhouse and Joshua Harrison ensured Craster’s progress into the next round .
Lowick United 1
Embleton WR 3
Lowick had a lot of possession but a Grant Leiper goal and a strike from Embleton’s Phil Grey saw the teams level at half time.
Lowick continued to press after the break but a second goal from Phil Grey, from the penalty spot, plus a Ryan Taylor goal saw Embleton take the game and an advantage into the second leg .
Bilclough Cup semi-final - Amble St Cuthbert v North Sunderland; Tweedmouth Harrow v Wooler.
Robson Cup semi-final - Embleton WR v Ashington Town Miners; Highfields United v Springhill. .
Division 1 - Shilbottle v Lowick United.