RCA could appoint new boss ahead of Roofing test

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SUNDERLAND RCA, who parted company with David Lee and Stephen Halliday earlier in the week, could name their new manager later today.

They are second-bottom of Division One in the Ebac Northern League without a win in eight games before visiting Jarrow Roofing, who are just two places above them.

Roofing have made an uncertain start since gaining promotion and manager Richie McLoughlin reckons it’s definitely a six-pointer at Boldon.

“Both teams will be gunning for it. It’s so tight near the bottom that a win could lift us a few places,” observed McLoughlin.

The South Tynesiders welcome the return of Corey Barnes and Keiran Whitehead, but injury keeps out Danny Carson and Anth Myers is given only a 50-50 chance of coming through a fitness test.

Ian Chandler returns to Whitley Bay where he enjoyed considerable success both as a player and manager.

He left Hillheads towards the end of last season and took up the managerial reins with Durham City.

He said: “I want the lads to show what we are made of. I was surprised Whitley lost so heavily on Tuesday night and I hope we too can get a result.”

The Citizens, who have loaned Stephen Turnbull to Brandon United for a month to enable him to get match-fit, could be minus Arjun Purewal with a stomach strain, but Nicky Allen, Mark Batey and Johnny Davis are expected to be involved.

Following the departure of Chandler, Whitley Bay appointed Leon Ryan as player manager. He rued being without no fewer than 10 players for the mid-week fixture and anticipates fielding a much stronger line-up tomorrow.

Two teams narrowly defeated in the FA Cup lock horns at Woodhorn Lane where Ashington have home advantage over Consett.

The Colliers have captain Andrew Johnson, Craig Robson and James Taylor on the injured list while a blow for the Steelmen is the news that left-back David Brown will be out for at least two months with a broken ankle, sustained at Workington last Saturday.