RCA's Kevin Gordon makes a clearance late in the match against Washington. Simon Mears/RCA website.

RCA’s Kevin Gordon makes a clearance late in the match against Washington. Simon Mears/RCA website.

Colin Larkin and Kieran Martin scored to earn Sunderland RCA bragging rights over rivals Washington on Saturday.

Larkin scored from the penalty spot after Greg Swansbury was fouled in the box early on in the first half. RCA were then unfortunate to lose the lead after half time as the Mechanics scored a screamer from 35 yards out.

As the game was edging closer to full time Martin cut inside from the wing, dribbling past two defenders and blasting his shot into the back of the net.

The victory will be a relief after a disappointing loss against Division Two side Billingham Synthonia in the Durham County Challenge Cup on Wednesday.

Moments before the opener Sunderland began the game brightly as Michael Charlton forced a save from Washington keeper.

Charlton kept on being a menace as he whipped a cross in from the right hand side, finding Stephen Callen but could not pass keeper Connor.

Two minutes later Charlton looped another cross into the box but Swansbury was been fouled trying to get on the end of the ball, leading to a weak penalty for the home side. Larkin then easily slotted the ball past Conner to put Sunderland 1-0 up.

Sunderland RCA nearly doubled their lead before half time as Callen got on the end of a Martin cross from the six-yard area, but his shot went over the bar.

After the interval Washington looked more threatening and took more control of the game, with Kane and Wightman both having great chances to bring the game level but they could only fire wide.

Not long after, Kane found himself in space and unleashed a 35-yard effort into the back of the net. The equaliser was unfair on the home side who had dominated the first half.

As the game looked to be heading for a draw, in the 75th minute Larkin found himself on the end of an Adam McGuinness clearance. Larkin then found Martin on the edge of the box who skipped past two Washington defenders to curl the ball into the top of the net and secure all three points.

Next up for Sunderland RCA is Marske United at Meadow Park on Saturday November 5.