RCA welcome four new faces against Blyth Spartans

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SUNDERLAND RCA are hoping for a good turn-out of supporters at Meadow Park tonight when they line up against Blyth Spartans in their third pre-season friendly.

Manager Neil Hixon has wheeled and dealed in the transfer market during the summer and four new faces will probably feature at some stage.

Central midfielder Mark Hudson, who was with Chesterfield until February before joining West Auckland Town and playing in the FA Carlsberg Vase final, is expected to play alongside another former West player, centre-half Ross Preston.

Striker Andrew Appleby has joined from Whitby Town and another forward Chris Youlden, who has returned from America, is Hixon’s fourth signing.

“I am delighted to have brought in four quality players after losing five with Mark Davison, top-scorer with 26 goals last season and Joe Walton, both joining Spennymoor Town.

“Ian Davison and Andrew Cuthbertson have moved to Consett while Andrew Jennings has switched to Billingham Synthonia.

“Obviously, I needed to replace them and I’m still looking for another striker. We have been in for a big name, but unfortunately it looks as if the deal is dead,” reported Hixon who last season led the Wearsiders to fourth-top in the Ebac Northern League First Division.

RCA’s two games so far resulted in a 1-0 victory over Esh Winning, but at the weekend, they went down 4-1 at Petershill.

Hixon explained though that he only took 11 players to Glasgow and he had to go on as a substitute.

Newly-promoted Ryhope CW are at former Wearside League rivals Coxhoe Athletic tonight and an attractive game is in prospect at New Ferens Park while Durham City will meet Carlisle United.

Horden CW’s East Durham Cup tie with Hartlepool has been postponed because of water damage to the grandstand at Welfare Park.