Morpeth add to RCA misery

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IT doesn’t get any better for Sunderland RCA, who have made an inauspicious start to their Ebac Northern League First Division campaign.

A fourth consecutive defeat at Morpeth Town leaves them bottom of the table, a point behind Billingham Synthonia who surprisingly have also struggled.

Shaun Taylor and Michael Chilton, with a brace, his second from the penalty spot, had the Northumbrians comfortable and the nearest RCA came to reducing the deficit was on 70 minutes when goalkeeper Karl Dryden denied Gavin Barton.

After losing for the first time at the weekend, Durham City had to settle for a point in a goalless draw with Consett at New Ferens Park.

Following a poor first half, Kyle Fryett and Ollie Hotchkiss went close for the Citizens and at the other end former Durham player Dan Madden rattled the crossbar.

Bishop Auckland are the only side with a 100 per cent record which they extended to four games at the expense of Newton Aycliffe. Keiran Megran (2) and Stuart Thompson were the marksmen.

Jarrow Roofing recorded their first win when they went nap at home to Billingham Synthonia, who led at the interval through Stuart Bath.

Dan Kirkup levelled before man-of-the-match Jon Wright scored four times in the last 16 minutes.

Goals by Gareth Bainbridge, Denver Morris and Dean Walker earned new leaders North Shields victory over Newcastle Benfield for who Paul Brayson claimed a consolation.

In Division Two, South Shields produced a late rally and gained a point at Hebburn Town who led through Shannon North and Callum Smith.

With 17 minutes left, Stephen Ramsey halved the deficit and two minutes into added time, he claimed a dramatic equaliser.

Team Northumbria opened up a clear lead when they hit Ryton and Crawcrook Albion, who started the day in third position, for six as the goals flowed from Sam Norris, with a hat-trick, Ben Dibb-Fuller (2) and David Luke.

The two bottom sides Esh Winning and Brandon United shared the points in a goalless draw.