Spittal left red-faced after Amateur Cup exit

Spittal Rovers 0-5 Red Row Welfare

Tuesday, 10th January 2017, 9:47 am
Updated Tuesday, 10th January 2017, 9:52 am

Spittal’s poor decision making and their inability to clear their lines proved costly in this Amateur Cup fixture.

Red Row would have been forgiven for thinking it was still Christmas after being gifted four goals in the opening half hour, allowing themselves to be comfortably out of sight and cruising towards a semi-final place early on.

Despite the dreadful mistakes, Rovers did start the brighter of the two teams before the goals started to flood in.

Some high intensity pressing from the front saw the visitors having to work hard to keep them at bay, with Luke Strangeways going close after some weaving runs.

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The opener came when the Seasiders were dispossessed in midfield, a sliced clearance falling kindly to the forward, who guided the ball past Ross Richardson. Moments later and the lead was doubled, the defence found dwelling on the ball in their own six yard box for the same player to lash home from point blank range.

A quick breakaway by Welfare, however, saw them net a third, and a fourth quickly followed after good work down the left by their impressive winger.

The impressive visitors then added a fifth in the second half to cement their victory.