Sunderland RCA leave it late to progress in cup

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SUNDERLAND RCA claimed a dramatic last-minute winner in last night’s Brooks Mileson Memorial Cup third round tie at South Shields.

The game looked to be heading for extra time until the Wearsiders were awarded a corner in the 89th minute.

Initially, the Mariners’ defence cleared the danger but the ball fell to Harrison Davies and his shot from distance took the deflection wide of goalkeeper Josh Carmichael.

RCA went ahead after 15 minutes. Richard Logan split the home defence and Michael Dalton drilled the ball into the net.

Just before the interval Daryl Hall headed a Simon Fitzpatrick corner past Gary Hoggeth for the equaliser.

Although both sides had chances during the second half, extra time looked likely until Davies became RCA’s hero.

Spennymoor Town bounced back to form with a 4-1 victory over Jarrow Roofing and are now only two points adrift of leaders Consett in the First Division.

Two goals by Michael Rae in the opening 34 minutes set them on their way but before the break, Michael Coghlan reduced the deficit.

Gavin Cogden restored Moors’ two-goals cushion and there was no way back for Richie McLoughlan’s side as Stephen Richardson also struck.

Whitley Bay, now fourth, won 5-1 at Esh Winning as Lee Kerr, David Pounder, Paul Robinson, Paul Chow and Lee Mason scored, with Mark Nixon replying.

Ryton lost 5-1 to Dunston UTS. Michael Dixon, hat-trick star Andrew Bulford and Tony Stephenson netted for Dunston.

Johnny Godsmark made goals for Andrew Johnson and Philip Bell before adding his name to the Ashington scoresheet as they beat Billingham Town 3-1.

Bishop Auckland won 4-1 over Tow Law. Wayne Gredziak, Steven Turnbull, Thomas Watkinson (og) and Chris Lawson had them in command before Watkinson replied.

In Division Two, Chester-le-Street failed to halt Whickham’s promotion challenge, losing 2-0 at The Glebe.

Scott Swanson and Tony Thirkell both beat goalkeeper Kyle Barlow.

In-form North Shields made it 12 wins and three draws from 15 games, defeating Team Northumbria 1-0, James Luccock scored.

Horden CW manager Brian Honour was forced into fielding a severely depleted, young side and, not surprisingly, Gillford Park claimed a 2-1 Welfare Park win.

The battling Colliers produced a tremendous performance and went ahead on the hour through Mark Robinson. who beat two defenders before finding the net via a post.

But Dean Bannon quickly levelled, then Tyran Taylor was on target with a 79th-minute the winner.