Sunderland RCA’s late agony

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SUNDERLAND RCA scored first but still went down to a fifth defeat in six Ebac Northern League First Division matches last night, 2-1 away to Newton Aycliffe.

There were few chances, but the game sprang to life a minute before the interval when RCA’s former Aycliffe striker Gavin Barton beat the offside trap and slotted the ball past goalkeeper Gareth Young, making his debut following a move from Durham City.

The home side stepped up a gear from the start of the second half, but it wasn’t until the 65th minute that Neil Hixon’s men conceded the equaliser to Jamie Owens, who headed wide of keeper Peter Jameson from a Martin Young cross.

With eight minutes remaining, Aycliffe bagged the winner with a fine solo effort from Danny Lambert, who fired low into the net.

Title favourites Spennymoor Town moved up into third place with a 3-1 victory at Billingham Synthonia who, apart from a good first-half spell, never seriously threatened Jason Ainsley’s side.

The visitors went ahead on five minutes when they moved the ball quickly upfield and Daniel Taylor’s shot found the net via the inside of the post.

Foster Garton and Nathan Porritt threatened for Synners, but Moors’ defence held firm and two goals in six minutes just before the interval all but sealed the home side’s fate.

Danny Newby was adjudged to have fouled Lewis Dodds and summer signing Liam Henderson converted the penalty. Henderson then produced the cross for Taylor to sidefooted home the third goal from close range.

Synners managed a consolation goal six minutes from time. Nathan Wilson’s corner was headed on by David Hillerby to Joel Callendar, who saw the ball over the line from close range.

A floodlight failure caused the postponement of Crook Town’s fixture with Durham City at the Millfield.

In Division Two, newly-promoted Willington secured only their second win in 11 outings when they went nap in an eight-goal thriller at Stokesley SC.

Gary Redman (2) and Rhys Kelly notched for the hosts, but two-goal Adam Sakr inspired Willington, who also relied on Mark Foster, Corey Nicholson and an own goal.

Jamie Clarke snatched a dramatic equaliser for Northallerton Town three minutes into stoppage time at home to Whickham, who had gone ahead 10 minutes earlier through David Fitzpatrick.

Brandon United reached the second round of the Brooks Mileson Memorial Cup with a hard-earned 2-1 victory at Norton and Stockton Ancients.

John Spence headed in Andrew Blackburn’s corner for Brandon’s opener on 16 minutes. They doubled the lead through Alex Wilson, who completed a good move by Hunter Ogbunebo-Cyle.

Dale Mulligan replied right on time