Moore Minor Cup lies ahead for Spittal Rovers
Spittal Rovers are in the hat for round four of the NFA Minor Cup after young striker James Moore opened his account for his new club in atrocious weather conditions to cap off an impressive debut and team performance at Crag Park.
The Seasiders started well and the early indications were good, suggesting a fruitful afternoon lay ahead for Paul Yeadon’s men.
Andrew Hastie went close just minutes in but he headed an in-swinging corner from Luke Strangeways into the ground, which agonisingly bounced just over. Strangeways himself then used his pace to drive forward, but after beating two players his shot was tipped wide.
Andrew Patterson also went close, but his shot lacked any sort of conviction.
At the other end, goalkeeper Dean Avery was quick off his line at every opportunity and persistently cleared up any over hit through balls with a Neuer-esque performance.
He saved down low and another was whizzed across the six-yard line, thankfully evading everyone.
Jonny Simpson was proving to be an increasing problem for Tavern and when the flame haired winger was slotted in there was only going to be one outcome - an opening goal calmly guided home.
Further chances followed with Moore reeling away thinking that he had doubled Spittal’s advantage midway through the half only for it to be ruled out for offside.
With John Dougall first to everything in the middle of the park it allowed Marco Lambert the time and space to express himself, and it was through the teenager that the second goal was created.
A darting run forward was halted by a foul and skipper Stuart Bertram stepped up to bend the resulting free kick into the corner of the net to give his side a two-goal lead going into the interval.
In the second half the visitors had to deal with Tavern’s aerial threat, but a back three of Hastie, Paul Wood and Lewis McKenna ensured their opponents were limited to just half chances.
With no let up in the weather, Rovers almost went three goals in front when Wood met Dougall’s switch, but the keeper saved well.
Wood did influence the third goal when it arrived, however, cutting the ball back from a deep set piece for Moore to blast home from close range.
Blyth went close with a free kick late on that had Avery scampering across his goal, but the visitors held on to register a pleasing win and their first clean sheet in 11 games - a platform for them to now build on going into three consecutive home matches.
Spittal Rovers: Avery, McKenna, Hastie, Wood, Bertram, Lambert, Dougall, Simpson, Strangeways, Patterson, Moore. Subs: Baxendale, Yeadon.
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