Spittal’s poor run of away form continues

JESMOND 4SPITTAL ROVERS 0Finding themselves without a win on the road since early November, Rovers' poor record away from home continued at a blustery Coach Lane 4G on Saturday - a convincing win for the in-form Jesmond lifting the hosts up into sixth position in Division 2 following this, their fifth win on the spin.

Tuesday, 18th February 2020, 9:17 am
Updated Tuesday, 18th February 2020, 9:17 am
Action from Jesmond v Spittal Rovers on Saturday. Picture by Graeme Burn.

In terms of chances for the visitors, there was very little to write home about. Craig Bell went close early on and there was a half chance for Rhys Bloomfield, but on the whole, despite having the wind in their sails from kick-off, the Berwick side were contained impeccably well by a confident looking Jesmond and their well marshalled defence.

If there was a shortage of chances in the first 45 minutes then Stewart Wright certainly bucked that trend after the restart, bundling the ball home off his knee past the unfortunate Stevie Mason in the visiting goal after a ball in from out wide. Elliot Watson then cruised through the middle to slot home with ease to double his side's lead not long after to leave the Berwickers deflated.

Despite Bell going close on the turn and Ewan Sherry's crashing header somehow staying out, the Seasiders could have been forgiven for thinking that it was not to be their day and Luke Theobalds certainly confirmed their worst fears when he glided past the attentions of several black & white shirts to find the bottom corner of the net to make it a treble without reply.

With Spittal pressing forward towards the end, a quick breakaway up the other end saw Alex Cole wrap up what was an comfortable and enjoyable afternoon for the Sky Blues in the end, cutting in from the right to rifle one past the outstretched Mason, who was left with no chance.

With just two wins in their last 10 outings, the form book does not read great for Rovers at the moment, but they must regroup and focus on the visit of 15th placed Newcastle Blue Star Reserves this weekend, a game that they will be looking at to kick start their season again.

Other games for local sides this weekend are in the Development Division where Wooler take on North Sunderland at Glendale, whilst Lowick travel to take on Newcastle East End Reserves.