Four back, but pressure is on RCA ahead of Newton Aycliffe clash

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SUNDERLAND RCA host Newton Aycliffe tomorrow, needing three points to give themselves valuable breathing space at the bottom of Division One in the Ebac Northern League.

Manager David Lee is boosted by the inclusion of Ross Preston, Andy Brown, Phil Horsman and Stephen Bains, and RCA – down to fourth-bottom spot, just three points clear of Team Northumbria – are also looking to sign a player before kick-off.

Team Northumbria will look to pile the pressure on RCA by winning away to bottom club Billingham Town, whose miserable season continued with a 4-0 derby defeat at Billingham Synthonia yesterday.

Team North are again understrength, but manager Paul Johnson, who is out with a broken wrist, added Graeme Carrick to his squad.

The game of the day could well be between Dunston UTS and ambitious Celtic Nation who have a two-point lead at the top. The Tynesiders, who have transferred Romario Kastrati to Team Northumbria, hope that leading marksman Andy Bulford will make his comeback following a groin operation.

Second-placed Shildon, frustrated when a frozen pitch forced off yesterday’s eagerly-awaited Dean Street clash with Spennymoor, host Penrith and third-top West Auckland go to Morpeth.

Ashington miss defender Lance McGlen at Consett, while top marksman Marc Walton is rated doubtful.

Craig Hodgson and goalkeeper Scott Pocklington are banned so Gareth Young, signed from Newton Aycliffe, will make his debut for Bishop Auckland in the local derby at Crook Town.

Whitley Bay, with eight wins from their last 10 games, are boosted for their fixture at Guisborough Town with the availability of Tomi Ameobi, Paul Chow and Phil Airey. Tom Kindley is struggling with a back injury. If he is again unfit, 18-year-old Dan Gladstone will make his second appearance.

Durham City’s trip to Newcastle Benfield has been postponed because of a burst pipe at Sam Smith’s Park.