Sunderland RCA see off Ryhope to lift silverware

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SUNDERLAND RCA lifted the Allen Thompson Memorial Trophy with a comfortable victory over their neighbours and Ebac Northern League rivals Ryhope CW.

It was Ryhope who struck first, however, with a superb effort from Chris Winn after just five minutes.

Within a minute though, Andrew Appleby levelled with a scrambled goal and soon afterwards he was again on target, this time with a clinical finish from 12 yards.

And it was Appleby who killed off any hopes of a Ryhope comeback as he completed his hat-trick in the second half. Just before the end, Mark Hudson struck in a comprehensive 4-1 victory for Neil Hixon’s side.

Seaham Red Star will be encouraged by their win over FA Carlsberg Vase winners Dunston UTS.

Regular marksman Andy Bulford converted a penalty for the Tynesiders but after Craig Watson levelled, Danny Olusago hit Red Star’s winner.

Birtley Town have impressed in pre-season and they were again on the goals trail at home to Hebburn Reyrolle whose only reply was credited to Neil Huggin in the 89th minute.

By then, Danny Smart and John Martin had each bagged a brace while James Allsopp was another marksman.

Liam McBryde is quickly into his stride as Chester-le-Street found to their cost. The prolific striker netted twice for Hebburn Town with Stephen Foster also on the mark. The Cestrians’ only response was credited to Adam Strong.

Shaun Clarke and Anthony Hume had Norton and Stockton Ancients in the driving seat but when Tom Wilkie reduced Horden CW’s arrears with an unstoppable shot which gave goalkeeper James Provett no chance, it was all to play for. The Colliers though were unable to deliver an equaliser.

Former player David Dowson was first to strike for Darlington 1883 at New Ferens Park. Shaun Reay and Adam Nichols added further goals before Josh Hugill converted a penalty for Durham City.

Ebac Northern League champions Spennymoor Town will unquestionably be strong challengers for a fourth consecutive title if their pre-season form is any guide.

They hit Harrogate RA for six as the goals flowed from Glen Taylor (2), Stephen Richardson, Michael Laws, Michael Rae and Andrew Stephenson.

Andrew Johnson and Craig Hodgson netted for Bishop Auckland but Harrogate Town won by the odd goal at Heritage Park thanks to Danny Stimpson (2) and Chib Chilaka.