Red card for Greshon turns match on its head for Spittal
Willington Quay 2-1 Spittal Rovers
The controversial dismissal of Spittal’s Kevin Greshon proved to decimate the visitors hopes of three points after top scorer Paul Wood had edged them in front.
They led the encounter at half-time and had Willington Quay, looking to win six consecutive league games on the spin, firmly on the ropes up to this point.
Kyle Jeffrey fashioned an early chance for Rovers from his wide position, but after weaving his way through his shot was saved well before Luke Strangeways broke through only for another good stop to deny the pacy striker on the half volley.
Saints’ most potent weapon seemed to be a long throw and it was used time after time to trouble an extremely wary Spittal defence. Various scuffs and scrambles resulted throughout with one rattling the woodwork and another cleared off the line.
They also gained a penalty kick when a funny bounce deceived Jeffrey, who handled. The taker fluffed his lines though and sent his spot kick just wide of the mark to the relief of the Seasiders.
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Paul Woodmade sure the Berwick side went in at half-time in the lead and grabbed the opener after pinching a misplaced pass from the keeper. He then confidently rounded him to tap home his 13th goal of the season.
Greshon then saw red when the ball made contact with his shouklder.
It was a decision which turned the game on it’s head and the resultant penalty was converted by which Michael Young.
Michael Saunders was then called upon to clear off the line before a barrage of pressure saw Mason make three key saves to deny the home side. But he could do nothing to keep out what proved to be the winner whenMichael Henderson found the corner.