Hixon counts the cost of poor defensive errors

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SUNDERLAND RCA manager Neil Hixon was not a happy man after watching his side surrender a three-goal lead at Hebburn Town on Saturday in the EBAC Northern League.

With less than 20 mintues left on the clock, the Wearsiders appeared to be coasting home but defensive lapses allowed Mark Rasmussen, Liam McBryde and Scott Robson to deny Hixon’s side all three points.

He said: “Our defensive frailties cost us another two points. I thought we were very poor at the back and need to improve. Obviously I’m very disappointed after we were cruising for much of the game.”

RCA made a dream start, scoring through Adam McGuinness and Gavin Barton and when David Gordon made it three on the hour mark, it looked all over for the South Tynesiders until RCA contributed to their own downfall.

Managerless Durham City claimed a good point at top-six side West Auckland where they led with Connor Winter’s fourth-minute strike.

West then went ahead courtesy of John Campbell and Mark Stephenson only for City to turn the tables and go into a 3-2 lead thanks to Scott Fenwick and Craig Ellison. Just before the end, Campbell grabbed an equaliser for the home side.

Spennymoor Town continue to boast the only 100 per cent record and they made it 10 wins on the bounce, against Consett.

Steven Richardson, Mark Davison and Anthony Peacock were their marksmen and the game was into added time before Michael Mackay replied.

Moors remain six points behind Darlington 1883 who plundered seven goals at Billingham Town to take their total from 13 games to a healthy 45.

Adam Nichols (2), Shaun Reay (2), Chris Emms, Leon Scott and Stephen Thompson (pen), were their marksmen with Glen Butterworth claiming a consolation for the Teessiders.

Bishop Auckland are fourth-top following a cosy win over Norton and Stockton Ancients who had Dale Mulligan red-carded when they trailed by two goals. Andrew Johnson, Keiran Megran, Dan Hawkins and Sonny Andrews, who was later carried off with an ankle injury, were all on target.

Newton Aycliffe are bottom and Billingham Town second from the basement with South Shields occupying the other relegation place.

The Mariners suffered a heavy defeat at Dunston UTS, whose matchwinners were Lewis Teasdale, Danny Craggs, Ian Herron and Terry Galbraith.