Wood hat-trick in narrow Spittal win
Spittal Rovers 4-3 Whitley Bay BC
A Paul Wood treble helped to secure a fifth home win in as many games for Spittal, albeit at Lowick, ensuring Paul Yeadon’s men leapfrogged the visitors into 11th position in the Northern Alliance Division Two.
They now sit with games in hand due to recent call offs and have the chance to climb up into the top six should they keep their good run of form and momentum going.
Whitley should have gone in front after good work down the left, but a curling cross was skewed wide.
The returning Stephen Mason was vocal from the off and reassured his defence with some excellent handling between the sticks as the Berwick side felt their way into the game.
Luke Strangeways had the ball in the net only for him to be frustratingly ruled offside. However, he soon became the visitors nemesis in an electric 20 minutes for Spittal. They peppered the Bay goal with shot after shot and it was skipper Stuart Bertram who registered the first goal. Richard Baxendale’s accurate through ball setting up young James Moore, who squared for the captain whose shot nestled in top corner out of reach.
The Seasiders soon doubled their lead when Wood evaded two defenders before slotting home. Marco Lambert then went close from distance before Wood grabbed the third as he held back at the far post to fire home.
Whitley pulled a goal back, but the home side’s three goal cushion was reinstated just before the interval when Wood latched onto a through ball to net with a looping effort.
The second half lacked any conviction from a Spittal and Bay pulled back another. Their hope turned to optimism with five minutes on clock when another set piece was nodded home. to make it 4-3.
Bay piled forward for an equaliser, but Spittal held on via some last ditch defending.
Rovers now look forward to a home cup tie against Red Row Welfare on Saturday.