Tough cup test awaits RCA

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SUNDERLAND RCA have been handed a daunting tie in the first round of the Northern League’s Brooks Mileson Memorial Cup.

They must head to Carlisle to take on big-spending Celtic Nation, while Ryhope CW host Northallerton in an all-Second Division tie.

Seaham Red Star have an attractive home second-round tie against Whitley Bay.

First round draw: A Billingham Town v Team Northumbria, B Birtley Town v Bishop Auckland, C Celtic Nation v Sunderland RCA, D Dunston UTS v Consett, E Durham City v Ryton & Crawcrook Albion, F Hebburn Town v Chester-le-Street, G Jarrow Roofing v Alnwick Town, H Penrith v South Shields, J Ryhope CA v Northallerton Town, K Shildon v Whickham, L Tow Law Town v Brandon Utd, M West Auckland v Esh Winning

Second round: A v M, B v Crook Town, D v C, Marske Utd v Heaton Stannington, Morpeth Town v E, Newton Aycliffe v F, North Shields v Newcastle Benfield, Norton & Stockton Ancients v Guisborough Town, J v Bedlington Terriers, Seaham Red star v Whitley Bay, Stokesley SC v Darlington RA, Thornaby v Ashington, L v K, Washington v G, West Allotment Celtic v Billingham Synthonia, Willington v H