RCA’s Swales eyes win in six-pointer

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MORE of the same will do nicely for Sunderland RCA manager Martin Swales in tomorrow’s Ebac Northern League First Division game at Celtic Nation.

“When I took over, they were the first team we played and we beat them 4-1 in the Brooks Mileson Memorial Cup,” said the Meadow Park boss

“If the lads can perform as they did then and take three points, it will be a big boost since Celtic are only two places and four points better off than us.

“It’s a six-pointer and a win could lift us out of the relegation zone for the first time in weeks.”

The Wearsiders have Stephen Bogie, Joe Hughes and Danny Wray back, but Swales will need to check on the fitness of Clayton Davis and Michael Charlton before finalising his squad.

Crook Town have a mountain to climb if they are to avoid the drop.

They have taken just six points from a possible 75 and it will be a major shock if they increase the miserly total at the expense of Dunston UTS.

“On average, they’ve conceded four goals a game and are experiencing a torrid time, but we’ll not take them for granted,” insisted Dunston secretary Bill Montague.

Manager Billy Irwin welcomes back Michael Dixon from suspension and Nicky Kane is home from holiday.

There’s also a good chance that goalkeeper Liam Connell will successfully come through a fitness test.

Billingham Synthonia occupy the other relegation spot.

They’ve only ever spent one season in the Second Division and have remained continuously in the top flight since 1987.

Long-serving secretary Graham Craggs admitted a lot of work needs to be done, but that a couple of wins could propel them out of the bottom three.

Synners host Bishop Auckland minus suspended pair Dan Dillon and Matthew Osmond, while an ankle injury sidelines Shaun Clarke.

Tom Hinchley (shoulder), Kris Hughes (hamstring) and Scott Matthewman (knee), who all missed the last game, should play a part at some stage.

Following a surprise defeat at Whitley Bay on Tuesday night, Jarrow Roofing will be looking to re-invigorate their championship challenge at the expense of Morpeth Town, who are at full strength with the exception of the injured Michael Fenwick.