Sunderland RCA chief sets sights on final flourish

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SUNDERLAND RCA aim to finish in the top half of Division One in the Northern League, but manager Neil Hixon will need to make changes for tomorrow’s trip to Penrith.

Richard Logan and Marc Ellison are banned, John Butler is working, while John Toft and Harrison Davies will not play again this season.

“We’ll be down to a squad of probably 14, but I’m looking forward to the game confident we can get a result,” said Hixon.

Spennymoor remain odds on to retain the championship, despite last night’s 3-2 defeat at Dunston UTS – only their fourth league loss.

Stephen Richardson’s pair of headers cancelled out Ben Cattanach’s clinical finish and a luckless own goal by keeper Craig Turns, turned a Jack Burns cross into his own net. But Terry Galbraith converted a late penalty winner for Dunston.

Tomorrow, Moors entertain Bedlington Terriers, who they have already beaten three times this season.

Shildon, away to relegated Esh Wignning, are second but are out of the running for the title. Newcastle Benfield could yet pip Moors, but they need a victory at relegation-threatened West Allotment.

The same applies to Consett, who host Bishop Auckland while Whitley Bay – at home to Ashington – are the only other team in with a chance.

Wooden spoonists Ryton claimed only their fifth point in 40 games when they held Tow Law 1-1 last night. Graeme Wilson gave the Lawyers a 62nd-minute advantage, but Dan Wilson quickly equalised.