Sunderland RCA concluded their build-up to the FA Cup extra preliminary round with an impressive 3-1 friendly win over Pickering Town at Meadow Park on Saturday.
Three of last season’s squad shared the goals. Steven Stewart gave Martin Swales’ team at the lead with a long-range stunner before Joe Hughes doubled the lead.
The visitors – who visit Wearside again this weekend to take on Ryhope CW in the FA Cup – halved the deficit, but RCA sealed victory with a Stephen Callen strike to set them up nicely for their FA Cup trip to Ebac Northern League rivals Penrith.
Ryhope CW, meanwhile, enjoyed a 6-0 cruise at Leeds Modernians in their final friendly, after signing Shildon’s Chris Bell and Darlington 1883’s Harvey Saunders on loan.
Washington beat Birtley Town 6-3 and Seaham Red Star outgunned Killingworth Town 5-0.
Chester-le-Street, back in the Northern League First Division, crashed 5-1 at Stockton Town, who gained promotion to Division Two as last season’s Wearside League champions.
Joe Carter and Kallum Hannah fired the Teessiders into a two-goal interval cushion, but Lee Mole gave Colin Wake’s Cestrians a timely lift before Chris Dunwell, Chris Stockton and Ben Priestley confirmed Stockton’s commanding victory.
Easington Colliery impressed at First Division Newton Aycliffe, winning with a single goal by young Joe Kerridge, who pounced on a cross into the goalmouth.
Stuart Banks went close for the hosts, but the Colliers held out for a fully deserved win.
Jarrow Roofing had Paul Chow on target in a 1-1 draw at Wearside League team Hartlepool.
Harton and Westoe were no match for Dunston UTS, who romped to a 9-0 victory thanks to Joe Hails (4), Ollie Leadham (2), Malcolm Morien (2) and an own goal.
Sunderland-born Mark Beck and fellow summer signing Josh Gillies both netted as Darlington 1883 beat a Barnsley XI 3-2 in a closed-doors friendly.
South Shields enjoyed a Jon Shaw hat-trick as they comfortably beat Boldon CA 5-2 to regain the Sam Bartram Cup.
New signing David Carson and Julio Arca, with a superb free-kick, also notched, with Jack Young and Liam Cox were on the scoresheet for the Wearside League hosts.
Meanwhile, Champions Shildon lifted the Cleator Cup, defeating Marske United 4-1 in the traditional Northern League curtain raiser.
Jamie Owens, a former Shildon player, fired the Seasiders into the lead, but man-of-the-match Michael Rae and former Blackpool captain David Ferguson turned the tables before the break.
The Railwaymen enjoyed a lot of possession in the second half and were rewarded when Rae completed a superb hat-trick.
The trophy was presented to Shildon captain Danny Moore by league president George Courtney.