McNab, Hughes strike late as RCA ease past Durham City

RCA boss Martin  Swales

RCA boss Martin Swales

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Sunderland RCA are safely through to the third round of the Durham Challenge Cup following last night’s 2-0 victory over Durham City at Consett.

The homeless Citizens created a couple of early chances which they failed to convert. Goalkeeper Andrew Hunter made a splendid save to deny Tom Colledge before Aidan Haley had a goalbound effort deflected for a corner.

Martin Swales’ RCA then gained the initiative and, following a poor clearance by the home defence, Colin Larkin fired an effort just off-target.

Lee Cresswell then headed wide before RCA broke the deadlock 19 minutes from the end.

Ross McNab delivered a tremendous free-kick from outside the box which beat the wall and Flynn.

Durham’s attempts to save the tie wilted 10 minutes before the final whistle when the Meadow Park men clinched victory.

James Cook set up Joe Hughes and he was left with a simple task to beat Flynn to double the winning margin.

The four scheduled FA Carlsberg Vase ties were again postponed, as was North Shields’ visit to Runcorn Town on Monday night.

This means that only Sunderland RCA are definitely through to the fourth round, in which they will host Lincolnshire side Sleaford Town on Saturday, January 9.

Seaham Red Star’s third round tie at Dunston UTS has been rescheduled for Tuesday, January 5, the same night Newton Aycliffe try again to host Atherton Collieries and South Shields meet Morpeth Town.