Sunderland RCA still have work to do to avoid drop

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Ebac Northern League

SUNDERLAND RCA are still looking over their shoulders at the bottom of the Ebac Northern League following a 4-0 defeat by Ashington at Meadow Park last night.

Since his appointment, the former England and Durham paceman Steve Harmison has rejuvenated the Colliers and his side never looked back after taking a two-goal lead through Glen Taylor inside 21 minutes.

It was just about all over for Martin Swales’ team when Tony Stephenson made it three before the interval and early in the second half Dylan Williamson completed a rout.

There was more bad news for RCA after an hour when goalkeeper Jonathan Carmichael was injured and had to be replaced by Carl Morris.

The Wearsiders remain fifth from bottom as four sides battle to avoid joining Crook Town, and almost certainly Celtic Nation, in Division Two next season.

Although, mathematically they are not yet down, Celtic Nation look doomed and RCA will be safe on Saturday should Billingham Synthonia fail to win their last game of the season at Morpeth Town.

Second-bottom Celtic Nation went down 2-1 at Bishop Auckland for whom Kyle Davis and Jordan Lavery scored before Aaron Roberts converted a late penalty.

In Division Two, Chester-le-Street held champions Seaham Red Star to a draw at Chester Moor Park.

Liam McBryde converted a fifth-minute penalty for the Star and before the interval Glen Hargrave levelled.

Tow Law Town gave themselves hope of avoiding finishing in the bottom two when they also played out a 1-1 draw with Willington.

Michael Gibson fired the visitors in front and 12 minutes from time Brazilian striker Gustavo Silva equalised to clinch a crucial point.

Shildon, who have it in their own hands to win the First Division championship, will play Ashington in the Final of the Brooks Mileson Memorial Cup following a 1-0 victory at Dunston UTS, where Mark Doninger was the matchwinner.