Sunderland RCA warm up for FA Cup opener with comfortable victory over Pickering Town

Sunderland RCA's Stephen Callen (red) takes on Pickering Town at Meadow Park in Saturday's friendly
Sunderland RCA's Stephen Callen (red) takes on Pickering Town at Meadow Park in Saturday's friendly
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Sunderland RCA concluded their build-up to the FA Cup extra preliminary round with an impressive 3-1 friendly win over Pickering Town at Meadow Park on Saturday.

Three of last season’s squad shared the goals. Steven Stewart gave Martin Swales’ team at the lead with a long-range stunner before Joe Hughes doubled the lead.

The visitors – who visit Wearside again this weekend to take on Ryhope CW in the FA Cup – halved the deficit, but RCA sealed victory with a Stephen Callen strike to set them up nicely for their FA Cup trip to Ebac Northern League rivals Penrith.

Ryhope CW, meanwhile, enjoyed a 6-0 cruise at Leeds Modernians in their final friendly, after signing Shildon’s Chris Bell and Darlington 1883’s Harvey Saunders on loan.

Washington beat Birtley Town 6-3 and Seaham Red Star outgunned Killingworth Town 5-0.

Chester-le-Street, back in the Northern League First Division, crashed 5-1 at Stockton Town, who gained promotion to Division Two as last season’s Wearside League champions.

Joe Carter and Kallum Hannah fired the Teessiders into a two-goal interval cushion, but Lee Mole gave Colin Wake’s Cestrians a timely lift before Chris Dunwell, Chris Stockton and Ben Priestley confirmed Stockton’s commanding victory.

Easington Colliery impressed at First Division Newton Aycliffe, winning with a single goal by young Joe Kerridge, who pounced on a cross into the goalmouth.

Stuart Banks went close for the hosts, but the Colliers held out for a fully deserved win.

Jarrow Roofing had Paul Chow on target in a 1-1 draw at Wearside League team Hartlepool.

Harton and Westoe were no match for Dunston UTS, who romped to a 9-0 victory thanks to Joe Hails (4), Ollie Leadham (2), Malcolm Morien (2) and an own goal.

Sunderland-born Mark Beck and fellow summer signing Josh Gillies both netted as Darlington 1883 beat a Barnsley XI 3-2 in a closed-doors friendly.

South Shields enjoyed a Jon Shaw hat-trick as they comfortably beat Boldon CA 5-2 to regain the Sam Bartram Cup.

New signing David Carson and Julio Arca, with a superb free-kick, also notched, with Jack Young and Liam Cox were on the scoresheet for the Wearside League hosts.

Meanwhile, Champions Shildon lifted the Cleator Cup, defeating Marske United 4-1 in the traditional Northern League curtain raiser.

Jamie Owens, a former Shildon player, fired the Seasiders into the lead, but man-of-the-match Michael Rae and former Blackpool captain David Ferguson turned the tables before the break.

The Railwaymen enjoyed a lot of possession in the second half and were rewarded when Rae completed a superb hat-trick.

The trophy was presented to Shildon captain Danny Moore by league president George Courtney.