Nobby Solano sparks Sunderland RCA’s visitors

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SUNDERLAND RCA could face Nolberto Solano tomorrow – but the former Newcastle United star will not be involved on the pitch when Newcastle Benfield visit Meadow Park.

Last week, Solano was appointed coach of the Tynesiders and has already been involved in two training sessions.

“The lads have responded brilliantly and Nobby’s involvement has given us all a lift, ” enthused manager Alu Bangura.

“I never dreamt that a player of his calibre and background would become involved with Benfield but I’m over the moon.”

Ex-Sunderland youth-team striker Ian Graham, meanwhile, is almost certain to make his debut after being signed from Bedington Terriers.

Sunderland RCA boss Neil Hixon, who took in Tuesday’s Hebburn-Seaham Red Star game, is also attempting to bolster his squad.

He said: “I’ve spoken to the manager of another club regarding a defender and something might develop in the next few days.”

Mark Davison and Joe Walton are expected to come though fitness tests and Andrew Cuthbertson is free from work commitments but Lee Owens remains on the sidelines.

“It’s a big game for us and every point is crucial as we attempt to clinch the Championship. It looks like I’ll have a near full strength squad available,” said Hixon.

One notable absentee tomorrow will by Perry Briggs, who has parted company with Spennymoor Town ahead of their fixture at Jarrow Roofing.

Briggs, previously with Dunston UTS, said: “The decision came as a big shock. Manager Jason Ainsley told me of the decision, but I did not see it coming. I was in my second season as assistant boss and hope to be back in a managerial post as soon as possible.”

While Spennymoor press strongly for a third successive championship, Jarrow Roofing are battling against the drop.

Manager Ritchie McLoughlin has signed goalkeeper Josh Carmichael from Dunston UTS while Tom Courtney, recently brought in from Whitby Town, is expected to move on.

Alex Benjamin last week switched to Hebburn and a further blow is the news that Gary McCormick has returned to America where he is a coach.

The exodus of players from Bedlington Terriers continues and Ian Graham became the latest to leave when he joined Newcastle Benfield.

Since the turn of the year, Steven Richardson has joined Spennymoor, Dean Douglas (Gillford Park), Richard Flynn (Shildon) and John Campbell (West Auckland) have also moved on.

Joint manager Tony Lowery said: “It’s one of those things. We are not going to win the league, although we are in with a chance of lifting the Brooks Mileson Memorial Cup.

“It’s a pity that I’ve lost five players this year, but we’ll soldier on and on the credit side it gives us the opportunity to bring in one or two lads from the reserves.”

Consett will be without Craig Robson for at least another two weeks. He is struggling with a calf injury but is manager Kenny Lindoe’s only absentee at Norton and Stockton Ancients.

Billingham Town travel to Guisborough Town in search of points as they attempt to avoid relegation. Craig Norman is set to play after recently returning from America but Michael Arthur is unavailable.