Sunderland RCA in action last season. Picture Credit: Zoe Vicarage

Sunderland RCA in action last season. Picture Credit: Zoe Vicarage

Sunderland RCA picked up their first away points of the season away at fellow strugglers West Allotment Celtic on Saturday afternoon.

Andrew Brown opened the scoring for Sunderland in the twelfth minute but the away side could not hold onto their lead, conceding from a corner on the stroke of half time.

Stephen Callen restored RCA’s lead after a mazy Lewis Wood run, before Joseph Hughes sealed a 3-1 win with a fine strike in the 65th minute of the match.

The result means that Martin Swales’ side now edge closer to league safety with games in hand on those around them.

After an initial period of pressure from the home side, RCA began to grow into the game and made their pressure count after the ball fell to Brown on the edge of the box who steered home.

Despite a bright first half, it all started to go wrong for RCA before half-time as a poorly cleared corner allowed Stoneman to smash the ball in the net for 1-1.

Martin Swales’ side were unperturbed by the equaliser and came out all cylinders firing in the second half. It only took them five minutes to restore their lead after a clever run from Wood took out two defenders. He played through a fine pass to Callen who made no mistake in putting his side ahead once more.

It was only 15 minutes later when Hughes put the final nail in the coffin for Celtic. He took the ball past an opposition defender after a fine ball from Patterson before coolly slotting home.

This result could be instrumental in reviving the fortunes of a side who will be hopeful of a mid-table finish come the end of the season.

RCA’s next fixture is against Shildon on Saturday 13 December. Kick-off is 3pm at Meadow Park.






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