RCA’s chance to find form

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SUNDERLAND RCA’s new management team of David Lee and Stephen Halliday will be in charge for tomorrow’s Ebac Northern League First Division trip to Billingham Town.

 The Wearsiders look to have a good chance of winning for what would be only the third time in the league this season.

Billingham Town are rock-bottom, without a point from nine games, having scored just seven goals and conceded 35.

RCA welcome back Phil Horsman, but John Jury could miss the next couple of weeks after picking up a calf muscle injury on Tuesday. In addition, Anthony Callaghan is doubtful with a groin injury.

The Meadow Park men, beaten 4-0 at Ashington in midweek, have picked up just two points from their last eight league games

Billingham miss injured pair Lewis Green and Ricky Phillips and it’s touch and go whether Jimmy McLeod will be passed fit.

Danny Wray is expected to be available and there’s a chance that Mark Taylor will come through a late fitness test.

The match of the day is the battle of local rivals Bishop Auckland, who recently appointed ex-Ryhope CW boss Martin Swales as manager, and high-fliers Spennymoor Town. Jason Ainsley’s side will almost certainly challenge all the way for the championship.

Ambitious Celtic Nation are top, but they could find it difficult against West Auckland, who are unbeaten nine games into the season. The Cumbrians – who plan to go full-time next season – have named ex-Glasgow Celtic defender Willie McStay as manager, taking over from Mick Wadsworth.

Durham City, beaten just once, should preserve the record when they host second-bottom Hebburn Town, who have managed just one point from a possible 27.

Hebburn boss Scott Oliver said that he always knew it would be a difficult season.

“Our performances are way, way better than the results. It’s a tough league and if you don’t take your chances you lose games. We are doing well but not getting the results,” claimed Oliver, who has injury concerns for Lewis Lynch (hamstring), Scott Garrett (back) and Paul Watson (achilles). Definitely missing is Chris Smith.