Keep up momentum, urges Sunderland RCA boss Swales

Sunderland RCA (red) take on Jarrow Roofing in a recent clash at Meadow Park. Picture by David Allan

Sunderland RCA (red) take on Jarrow Roofing in a recent clash at Meadow Park. Picture by David Allan

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SUNDERLAND RCA boss Martin Swales is looking for his side to take another step towards safety in Ebac Northern League Division One by defeating Bedlington Terriers at Meadow Park tomorrow.

Swales said: “We picked up a very good point at Dunston UTS on Tuesday and I’ve worked out that maybe four wins will be sufficient.

We cannot allow the momentum to slip

Martin Swales

“We have kicked into a bit of form and confidence is building after scoring eight goals in our last two games, but we cannot allow the momentum to slip.”

The Wearsiders cannot call upon Kieran Megran, Steve Callen or Joe Hughes, but Lee Bythway is back. Tony Coe, Luke Richardson and Clayton Davis will need their fitness checked before kick-off.

With Crook Town already relegated and Celtic Nation in deep trouble, five teams are fighting to retain top-flight status.

Fourth-bottom Billingham Synthonia are without a fixture and a win for RCA would take them to within a point of the Teessiders with five games in hand.

Two of the five teams clash at Woodhorn Lane, where Ashington take on West Allotment Celtic, with just a point separating the sides.

The Colliers miss injured pair James Taylor and Steven Shaw, while manager Steve Harmison has transferred Andrew Ferrell to Whitley Bay and Marc Walton to West Allotment – and he will line up against his former club.

Allotment boss Paul Stoneman hailed his men’s midweek victory at Bishop Auckland “massive”.

He said: “The three points lifted us to seventh from bottom and gives us a bit of breathing space, but also confidence going into tomorrow’s six pointer.”

Goalkeeper Dan Mullen is likely to be sidelined after sustaining a broken finger. If he is unable to play, Ryan Beal will deputise.”

It was a baptism of fire when Paddy Atkinson took over as manager of Whitley Bay but slowly he has turned the tide and three wins on the bounce have lifted the Seahorses into the top half of table before the visit of Morpeth Town.

Chris Reid, Paul Robinson, Craig Smith and Jack Stanger come into his plans and Atkinson is quick to point out that Callum Anderson is still part of his plans.

He said: “Unfortunately, Callum is working most Saturdays. I’ve had enquiries from clubs wanting to take him on loan, but if he’s available then I will play him.”