Rovers maintain their late run of form with three second half goals on coastal trip
BLYTH TOWN 1-3 SPITTAL ROVERS
Spittal’s fine end of season form continued as they crossed the finish line with an impressive win at Blyth FC - second half goals from Ewan Sherry, Craig Bell and Ladislav Lovas settling matters down the coast.
The victory means that the current crop surpass the club’s total Alliance points record set in 2016/17, impressively ending the current campaign with eight points from a possible 12.
In an extremely competitive tussle, tackles flew in with regularity with both sides intent on finishing the season on a high. Richard Davison had a great game in the middle of the park for Rovers, breaking up play and being a nuisance, but he did enter the referee’s notebook for a rather robust challenge at the midway point.
Possession wise, the hosts played some nice, neat football and were rewarded for their efforts when Shay Richardson hit a glorious strike into the top corner past the outstretched Stephen Mason - a wonderful hit.
Rovers kept their shape and stayed compact despite the setback with some half chances materialising in the lead up to half-time. Blyth were well organised however and arrived at the interval with a clean sheet entact.
Rovers reappeared showing a real belief and desire and they drew level when Sherry rose to meet a deep free kick at the far post to redirect his header up and over David Watts into the opposite corner.
They then had to deal with the dismissal of Davison for a 2nd yellow card, but Scott Mitchell’s men still insisted on pushing for another goal despite the numerical disadvantage that faced them.
It was Craig Bell who found the next successful route to goal to the delight of the travelling Seasiders - Ben Fairbairn’s fantastic centre met confidently on the volley by the teenage striker, who dispatched sublimely.
Mason then made an unbelievable save towards the end from Blyth’s Andy Welsh to continue his recent fine form since returning from injury and this gave his side a mini boost despite wave after wave of Blyth pressure.
It was all hands on deck with Niall Jones and Fairbairn filling in at fullbacks at times until Rhys Bloomfield’s decision to grab the game by the scruff of the neck with one of his trademark driving runs forward.
After accelerating past a host of players, Bloomfield showed calmness to precisely cut the ball back for oncoming Slovak striker Lovas, who did not think twice as he rocketed the ball into the bottom corner past a helpless Watts.
Determination and concentration proceeded with the Berwick side digging deep to ensure that there were no late slip ups. Veteran Paul Murray was introduced to sure things up centrally and this decision from the management allowed a safe passage through to the final whistle.
A massive win for Rovers against a side who have been in the promotion hunt all season.
A huge well done to everyone for the effort shown over the past month - turning around a poor run of form into something really positive towards the end.