DESPITE playing for 50 minutes with 10 men, Sunderland RCA claimed their second win of the season in the EBAC Northern League First Division when they defeated Hebburn Town on South Tyneside last night.
The home side started promisingly, passing the ball around to good effect but they failed to seriously test RCA goalkeeper Peter Jamieson.
Five minutes before the interval, Neil Hixon’s side went down to 10 men. Adam McGuinness brought down Martin Roper and was considered to be the last defender.
The Wearsiders, though, more than held their own and in the 62nd minute scored the only goal of the match.
Kris Goss made an excellent, rapid run down the flank and picked out Stuart Thompson with an inswinging cross. Thompson’s first effort rebounded from the post but he made no mistake with his follow-up shot.
Hebburn’s Roper hit the woodwork and had an attempt cleared off the line by David Lee but these were the only two chances they created against a well-organised RCA defence.
West Auckland Town twice came from behind to defeat Dunston UTS following an eight-goal thriller at their Seagrave Stadium.
The Tynesiders made a dream start scoring twice in the opening 12 minutes through Ben Cattanach and Gary Ormston.
Ormston then headed into his own net and it was all square as Robbie Briggs delivered a fantastic free kick from 25 yards which flashed past goalkeeper Liam Connell.
UTS hit back and regained the advantage courtesy of Andy Bulford only for Luke Carr to make it 3-3 a minute later.
On the hour mark, Briggs put West in front for the first time and two minutes later Carr was again on target for his second goal of the night. Despite having substitute Stephen Richardson sent off in the 73rd minute, Auckland held on for a 5-3 victory.
Ryan Errington and Cameron Wilson quickly had Penrith two goals up and when Celtic Nation’s Jonathan Allen was sent off midway during the first half, a home win looked the likely outcome.
But Celtic rallied and claimed a point with two goals from Willie Gibson and Colin McMenamin in the space of four second-half minutes.
In Division Two there’s still no respite for Washington who conceded another five goals and have now leaked 23 in six games.
Whickham romped to victory at the Nissan sports complex to jump five places into second position, three points behind Heaton Stannington.
Stephen Aiston, Sam McIntosh (pen) and Anthony Falcon had Whickham in control by the halfway stage. Aiston struck again on 70 minutes and a minute from time, the Newtowners’ woes deepened as Rudi Nellis took Whickham’s tally to five goals.