Character and team spirit pleases Sunderland RCA’s Lee

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SUNDERLAND RCA manager David Lee hailed his side’s character and team spirit when they came from behind to claim a draw last weekend and he’s looking for a repeat performance in tomorrow’s Ebac Northern League first division fixture against Durham City at Meadow Park.

He said: “I was very pleased with the way we fought back and in the end had enough chances to win.

“We’ll need to be at the top of our game tomorrow when fortunately I’ll have Steven Baynes, Aaron Brown and Josh Jackson back in the squad. The only doubt surrounds Jack Stanger, who was concussed last Saturday.”

Durham City, who are seventh top and ten points ahead of RCA who are sixth from bottom, delay announcing their squad.

Shildon defend a narrow one-point lead at the top of the table when they host Newcastle Benfield, who definitely miss centre-half Stephen Tobin and goalkeeper Andrew Grainger. Jake Cunningham will deputise in goal and boss Steve Bowey awaits news on the fitness of strikers Paul Brayson and James Luccock.

Bowey confirmed that he has had two bids for Spennymoor Town’s Mark Davison rejected.

Celtic Nation, who have applied for promotion to the Evostik league, could go top if they win at Guisborough Town while third-placed Spennymnoor Town, with at least three games in hand on the leading pair, will aim to consolidate their championship challenge when they visit Consett tonight.

Ashington are having a fundraising day for the Philippines disaster. Chairman Ian Lavery said: “We are a community club and want to help so we will run a raffle and have a collection. We’ll see what we take and the club will also make a donation.”

On the field, boss Gary Middleton has led Ashington into fourth place but he cannot name injured pair Lance McGlen or Scott Blanford against Bishop Auckland at Woodhorn Lane.

Bishop’s manager Martin Swales lines up former Ryhope CW striker John Butler to spearhead his attack which is also expected to include midfielder Sean Tarling but winger Stuart Thompson will need a late fitness test. Defender Mark Wood is suspended.

Whitley Bay hope that Tomi Ameobi will have recovered from illness to take his place in the side at home to Markse United. Chris Fawcett is also struggling with a hamstring injury and Chris Reid is a definite absentee but Callum Anderson comes into the frame.

Dunston UTS are minus Chris Swailes, Stephen Goddard and ace striker Andy Bulford, who have had an operation for the visit of Crook Town.

Former Sunderland Nissan boss Wilf Constantine, who recently took over at Billingham Town, continues to wheel and deal on the transfer front. A further six players have moved to Bedford Terrace this week and Brad Bennions, Nathan Dicicco, Jack Hanlon, Brian Harrison, Nathan Waters and James Brown could all be involved against Penrith.