RCA play host to unbeaten West Auckland

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SUNDERLAND RCA face a tough challenge against in-form West Auckland at Meadow Park in Division One of the Ebac Northern League tonight.

Second-top West are one of only three unbeaten sides, but RCA will hope that Gavin Barton can repeat his two-goal debut from Saturday’s 4-3 loss to Norton.

In Division Two, Chester-le-Street aim to reclaim third place when they host bottom club Stokesley SC, while Horden CW aim for a hat-trick of victories at Thornaby.

Lowly Seaham Red Star face a long journey to Whitehaven, who will move above Ryhope CW into top spot if they win.

H Shildon and West Auckland have been handed tough FA Cup assignments against Blue Square Bet North opposition.

The Railwaymen host Altrincham on September 22, while West entertain Harrogate Town. A third big tie in South West Durham sees Bishop Auckland at home to Evo Stik Premier outfit AFC Fylde, while Spennymoor go to Trafford of the Evo Stik First Division.

FA Cup, second qualifying round: Trafford v Spennymoor, West Auckland v Harrogate Town, Shildon v Altrincham, Bishop Auckland v AFC Fylde, Dunston UTS or Kendal v Witton Albion, Blyth Spartans v Workington. Ties: September 22.