Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Transition Proving Difficult for RCA

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Transition Proving Difficult for RCA

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Byline: MALCOLM PRATT

SKILLTRAININGLTD NORTHERN LEAGUE IT was a baptism of fire for Sunderland RCA when they played their first game for 25 years in Division One of the Skilltrainingltd Northern League at Sam Smiths Ground on Saturday, writes MALCOLM PRATT.

Newcastle Benfield manager Paul Baker has high hopes for his side after finishing in the top six last season and judging by Saturday's performance his enthusiasm might not be misplaced.

The Wearsiders produced an encouraging first-half display conceding just once to Guy Bates but in the second period Benfield turned on the style.

Goals flowed from Richard Paxton, John Campbell (2) and Bates to earn the Tynesiders a five-goal win.

The battle of wits between the management teams went in favour of Consett at Belle Vue Park. Dave Hagan was boss at Tow Law Town last season but is now number two to Kenny Lindoe with Ian Davison replacing him at the Lawyers. It was Davison who provided the opening for Graeme Wilson to give Tow Law the lead but two goals in the last six minutes from Jamie Poole and Jordan Hugill had Hagan celebrating against his former club.

Newly-promoted Jarrow Roofing were within seconds of defeating Dunston UTS . They went three goals up through Craig Nelson, with a brace, and Chris Hughes.

Michael Pickering and Chris Laws (pen) kept UTS in the match but it was not until the 93rd minute that Laws grabbed a dramatic equaliser.

Whitley Bay saw off a strong challenge from Ryton with strikes from Paul Robinson and Adam Johnston while an only goal by Nathan Mulligan proved pivotal in Norton and Stockton Ancients win at Ashington . West Allotment Celtic were no doubt pleased with their goalless draw at Billingham Synthonia where they had to play 55 minutes with 10 men following the dismissal of Paul Gardiner, who was shown a straight red card. …

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