Sunderland RCA’s title surge right on track

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Sunderland RCA look to have hit peak form at a crucial stage of the season for a late STL Northern League title challenge.

Last week, they defeated Dunston UTS to reach the quarter finals of the Brooks Mileson Memorial Cup and on Saturday romped to a seven-goal win at Guisborough Town.

Three crucial points were in the bag within the opening 29 minutes, by which time Neil Hixon’s side led with strikes from Mark Davison (2), Andy Jennings and Joe Walton.

Davison went on to complete a hat-trick, Jennings also scored again and in the last minute the home side conceded an own goal.

RCA have now racked up 88 goals and are joint top-scorers with Bedlington Terriers.

Second-top West Auckland had their work cut out before seeing off a strong challenge from Norton and Stockton Ancients, who were in with a chance when James Magowan replied to goals from John Campbell (pen) and Mark Stephenson.

Spennymoor Town stay third and added to the relegation fears of Tow Law Town when they won at the Ironworks Road ground.

Leon Ryan, Anthony Peacock and Gavin Cogden were their marksmen, with Andrew Thompson on target for the Lawyers.

Dunston UTS, who have played fewer games than the leading trio, just edged Billingham Synthonia, who were in front thanks to Richie Storr.

Steven Shaw levelled with a superb volley and midway through the second period Chris Swailes grabbed the winner.

Stokesley SC, who were without a fixture, are already relegated and a number of sides are battling to avoid joining them in Division Two.

Tow Law have a mountain to climb, but Penrith and Jarrow Roofing improved their prospects.

An only goal by Steven Ainsworth earned Penrith the points at home to Newton Aycliffe and Jarrow Roofing defeated Consett, who are now fifth off the bottom.

Michael Mackay fired in for the Steelmen and after Josh Allen levelled, David Southern scored the winner.