Spittal hit back to win through in League Cup
It was League Cup first round day in the Northern Alliance League at the weekend, but Spittal Rovers were the only side to progress to the second round.
They won 3-2 at home to Newcastle Chemfica when after the first half dismissals of Chemfica's Stephen Dewar and Rovers' Paul Wood, a good chunk of an enthralling cup tie was played with neither side at full complement.
But it was Spittal who dug in deep to turn the game on it's head in the last 25 minutes, coming from a goal down to safely secure their passage into the second round courtesy of Ewan Sherry's equaliser and Niall Jones' dramatic late winner.
Rovers' took the game to their Premier Division visitors early on although Marco Lambert was poleaxed and sustained a dislocated shoulder, the offending player seeing red.
Sherry then got the Seasiders in front not long after this, prodding home Wood's flick on to give the home side a platform on which to build.
But Wood was then sent off as both sides played on with ten men.
In the second half the visitors equalised when Joe Davies nipped in to slot past Mason.
But the introduction of Jones was to prove pivotal and he scored the winner after jinking his way past a defender and finding the net.
Rovers will now meet Blyth FC away in the second round. On Saturday they are home to Seaton Delaval in the Amateur Cup.
North Sunderland lost 5-1 away to Gateshead Rutherford with Ross Stanton scoring their consolation goal. On Saturday they are back in Cup action in the Cowey Cup at home to Newcastle East End Reserves.
Lowick put up a fight before going down 3-2 away to Division 2 side Stobswood Welfare, their goals coming from Jacob Baker (2) and Shaun Black.
Lowick were 2-0 down at half-time, but goals from Chris Briggs and Dan Tully saw the Development side get back on level terms, only for Baker to net the winner for the home side. On Saturday Lowick are home to Newcastle Chemfica Amateurs in the Cowey Cup.
Wooler knew they were up against it at home against Premier side Cullercoats, who recorded an 8-0 victory. On Saturday Wooler are home to Red House Farm in the Cowey Cup.