Sunderland RCA extended their impressive run with a 2-1 win against Ashington leaving the Meatballs eighth in  Northern League Division One – two points behind Dunston UTS in fifth.

Ben Stephenson put the visitors in front in blustery conditions but RCA quickly leveled through captain Ross Preston.

Dylan Elliot earned all three points for Martin Swales’ men with a late goal to break Ashington hearts.

Keith Finch retained his place in goal with Neal Bussey still injured but RCA fans will be delighted with the returning Preston who replaced Ross McNab in the only change to the side that dispatched of Seaham Red Star In midweek.

Controversy struck Meadow Park in the 30th minute as Ashington’s Ryan Bell was shown a straight red card for a foul on Nathan O’Neill.

Despite the harsh red card Ashington rallied and took the lead in the 44th minute. Finch failed to clear a back pass and Stephenson charged in to tap the ball in to an open goal.

With seconds left in first-half stoppage time RCA pegged Ashington back, Preston drove the ball through a crowd of players and into the net for his first goal of the season.

The hosts were dominant in the second half and pilled pressure on the ten men of Ashington. Colin Larkin’s 85th minute shot was well blocked by goalkeeper Conor Grant as RCA pushed hard for a winner.

And Martin Swales’ side were rewarded in  the 87th minute as Elliot rifled in a superb shot from outside of the box finally breaking Ashington’s plucky resistance.

More controversy followed Elliot’s winner as Ashington’s Michael Chilton was shown a straight red card for dissent leaving his team to finish the game with nine men.

RCA next face Seaham Red Star in the Northern League Division One, kick-off is at 3pm at Seaham Town Park.