Hixon releases four but targets three

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SUNDERLAND RCA manager Neil Hixon, clearly disappointed at his team’s defensive frailties, has told four players they can leave Meadow Park.

The Wearsiders conceded a three-goals lead at Hebburn Town on Saturday and afterwards Hixon didn’t hide his frustration.

He said: “Defensively we are very poor and need to improve. We have seven days notice in for three defenders and I would like to sign all three.”

On Monday, Hixon informed Richard Paxton, Adam McGuinness and Steve Jones, together with striker Dale Jardine of his decision.

“I feel we need a fresh start and perhaps the lads do also. I’ve no doubt they’ll do a good job for someone else,” added Hixon ahead of tonight’s Ebac Northern League game at Guisborough Town.”

Assistant manager Carl Beasley is set to play only his third match of the season in the heart of the defence and will partner Ross Preston, who returns following a five weeks lay-off.

Elsewhere, a lot of attention will be focused on the game between Bedlington Terriers and Spennymoor Town.

Both sides are in top form with Terriers just five points behind Moors, who boast a magnificent 100 per cent record from 10 games.

Darlington 1883 lead the table with 12 wins and only one defeat. They start favourites at home to South Shields, who have slipped into the relegation zone.

In Division Two, Washington will move into the top half of the table if they defeat second bottom Stokesley SC at the Nissan Sports Complex.