Lee desperate for RCA lift-off

Andrew Brown returns for Sunderland RCA
Andrew Brown returns for Sunderland RCA
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SUNDERLAND RCA manager David Lee says it is essential the Wearsiders come out on top in tomorrow’s crucial bottom-of-the-table Ebac Northern League First Division clash with Hebburn Town at Meadow Park.

RCA are just out of the drop zone in fourth-bottom spot, two points ahead of rivals Team Northumbria.

Lee said: “Hebburn are second-bottom and way off the pace and these are the sort of teams we must take points from.

“We’ve got to start putting points on the board and move out of the danger zone.”

Lee welcomes back Phil Horsman and Andrew Brown, but a rib injury sidelines Steven Baynes.

Only a miracle will save Hebburn, who need another 22 points just to move out of the relegation zone.

“It will be another difficult game, but I know the lads will give it their best shot,” said boss Scott Oliver, who reports that Chris Goss has joined Bedlington Terriers and Steven Graham has moved to neighbours Jarrow Roofing.

Aidan Bell has come in from Newcastle Benfield and will start tomorrow, while Scott Garrett and Callum Smith also come into contention.

Team Northumbria will look to put the pressure on RCA by winning away to Crook Town, while fifth-bottom Bedlington Terriers have new signing Goss suspended for their derby at Ashington.

Ashington manager Gary Middleton has defenders Ben Christensen and Scott Blandford back, with midfielder Martin Brittain hoping to pass a fitness test.

Dunston UTS have goalkeeper Liam Connell fit for the tricky task at home to title hopefuls West Auckland.

Durham City could include recent signing Paul Weldon against Guisborough at New Ferens Park and there will be three new faces in the Whitley Bay line-up at Newcastle Benfield, with boss Ian Chandler signing Chris McDonald from Jarrow, Tony Stephenson (Newcastle Benfield) and Callum Hope (Birtley Town).

Opposite number Steve Bowey has also strengthened his squad, capturing Consett’s Jordan Mellish. Richie Slaughter and Steven Stewart are named in a strong Benfield squad of 22, the only absentee being the injured Stuart Elliott.

Rock-bottom Billingham Town, who are without a fixture, have parted company with manager Wilf Constantine. Darren Trotter, formerly with Seaham Red Star, has taken over.