29 Sep 2019 in Match Reports
TOW LAW TOWN 0 RACA 1
Albion got back to winning ways at Ironworks Road with a hard fought win with Scott Jasper netting the only goal
Finally Albion had a trip on the road with a trip to improving Tow Law & on a pleasant but breezy afternoon tried to keep the unbeaten away form going following some disappointing results at HQ. With the wind behind them, Ryton had their hosts pinned in their defensive area for the opening ten minutes but it was the Lawyers stand in no7 David Allasan who on 13 minutes stung RACA keeper Phil Holgate's palms with a shot that the stopper was forced to push out for a corner. Albion's free kick specialist Jack Cooper had an opportunity to test the Tow Law keeper Lewis Graham on 16 minutes, but while his kick was on target it was an easy gather for the Lawyers' stopper. A lively end to end passage of play saw Tow Law back on the attack in the 18th minute, with Dale Milburn on the right wing. Sensing Holgate was well out of his goal area closing down the home no10, he tried an audacious attempt to curl the ball into the empty Ryton net, but it had too much pace on it & it curled past the far post. In keeping with the lively nature of the half, RACA were straight on the offensive and a lovely team move ended with Gavin Dick just firing wide. The rest of the half saw Albion on top but were unable to trouble Graham, that was until the 43rd minute when a corner to the visitors saw the ball evade everyone except Scott Jasper who looked as surprised as anyone when the ball landed at his feet at the far post, & he slotted home to send Albion into the interval with their tails up.
HT TOW LAW 0 RACA 1
If the first half belonged to Albion, the second most definitely saw The Lawyers as the dominant force. Milburn unleashed a low shot on 47 minutes that took a wicked swerve late on that almost fooled Holgate, who had to volley the ball away while in diving mode. Milburn would have been disappointed with his finish eight minutes later when, despite being unmarked, he fired over but he was creating several chances for himself & was clearly Tow Law's danger man. It took a fine tackle from Joe Shepherd to deny Milburn what would have been a golden goalscoring opportunity from short range & that was to epitomise the rest of the game with stout defending from Ryton denying the hosts their equaliser with both Liam Barker & David Below putting in key tackles in the box. Matty Soulsby & Milburn were to strike powerful shots over the RACA bar as the rearguard held firm but Milburn in particular was still a danger. He almost levelled on 73 minutes after beating his marker & firing past Holgate only far the ball to trundle a foot wide of the post, & then he brought another save from Holgate only a minute later. As the pressure increased on Ryton, Tow Law won a succession of corners, but Mattie Moffat, Milburn & Lewis Milner all put efforts over the bar in the closing stages & Albion hung on for a very important three points.
FT TOW LAW 0 RACA 1
REFEREE- JOHN BROWN
RACA- Holgate, Below, Moody, Shepherd, Barker, Dick (Ord 88), Thompson (Davis 76), Dunn, Jasper, Cooper, Norris (Outterside 85). Unused Subs- Turnbull, Blewitt