Sunderland RCA target win in Synthonia six-pointer, but a draw would do

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SUNDERLAND RCA will anxiously look out for West Allotment Celtic’s result in Division One against Whitley Bay in this morning’s kick-off.

The Tynesiders are just one place above Martin Swales’ side and by the time RCA kick off at Billingham Synthonia tomorrow, they will have played four more games.

If any game is a six-pointer, then tomorrow’s at Billingham surely fits the bill.

Synners are a point behind the Wearsiders, having fulfilled four more fixtures and they are in grave danger of dropping into the Second Division for only the second time in their history.

“If we can get a win over RCA, who I think will stay up it will put pressure on West Allotment Celtic and Newton Aycliffe who are also in the relegation dog fight,” observed secretary Graham Craggs, who expects captain Steven Huggins, Andrew Burton and Mattie Osmond to return.

RCA boss Martin Swales says that although his side will be going all out for three points, he would take one.

“Synners are desperate and need a win more than us,” said Swales.

“I’m certain we can stay up and a win tomorrow will be a step towards safety. In fact, I’m looking to finish sixth or seventh from bottom.

“When I came in last September the team had taken just one point out of a possible 36 so we’ve come quite a way since then,” added Swales, who welcomes the return of player-coach Colin Larkin, Tony Coe and Clayton Davis.

Durham City are comfortably placed in mid-table but can affect the race for the championship when they line up against leaders Guisborough Town at New Ferens Park.

Following last week’s debacle when they suffered a six-goal defeat at Morpeth, manager Ian Chandler will make some changes.

Chris Wallace is almost certain to return in midfield, but a blow is the news that Moussa Bakhti, who has made a great impact, has had to return to France because of illness.