Jeffrey hat-trick as Rovers find cloud nine
Spittal Rovers 9-0 Seghill
A hat-trick from winger Kyle Jeffrey ensured Spittal’s excellent recent form continued at a saturated Newfields Park with opponents Seghill comfortably swept aside by a determined and ruthless Rovers.
Despite the huge goal haul, however, Scott Mitchell’s men started poorly, eventually finding a bit of rhythm to their play midway through the first half.
Some slack passing and poor choices were not helped by the initial resilience shown by the visitors, whose rigid formation frustrated Rovers. Mitchell’s wishes of a more controlled and patient approach soon echoed around Newfields though and his players immediately took his instructions and wishes on board to give him the reaction he craved.
Rhys Bloomfield was installed in central midfield and went close from distance on his first start before Jeffrey sneaked in at the far post only to see his half volley cleared off the line by the covering Stuart McGregor.
The busy Craig Bell then left the goal frame shaking with an unbelievable attempt, but with Spittal edging ever so closer to the opener, little Niall Jones cut inside to hit his tenth goal of the season - a wicked deflection diverting it past a helpless Calvin Oldham in the Seghill goal.
Ben Fairbairn quickly doubled the lead from the spot moments later and skipper Paul Wood saw his tame effort make it a trio of quick goals - his curling effort squirming through Oldham’s hands and in.
With the half trundling towards the break, Jeffrey got his first of the afternoon - a vicious near post strike deceiving Oldham, the power behind it ensuring there was no opportunity for the keeper to adjust his feet.
It was much the same in the second half with wave after wave of black & white pressure peppering the Seghill goal. Wood managed to nod Jones’ cross over, but a fifth was not far away - Latvian striker Dmitrijs Paplavskis blasting home after a superb run through traffic from Bloomfield. Wood then converted Walker’s inch perfect centre for number six with Jeffrey weighing in with a seventh not long after.
Richard Davison and Ben Amers were introduced from the bench and it was the latter who was next to see the net ripple, meeting Jeffrey’s corner to direct his header successfully into the corner. He almost added another when he acrobatically met Jones’ cross, the resulting connection sending the ball bouncing just the wrong side of the post.
With the clock ticking there was still time for another - Paplavskis’ powerful shot prodded home by Jeffrey from just a yard out to take him onto ten goals for the campaign and level pegging with Jones on the stats sheet.
The Seasiders, now up to fifth place in the table after a run of six straight wins, travel to Division 1 side Wallsend Community in the cup next Saturday before completing their October schedule at Willington Quay Saints at the end of the month.