13 Sep 2020 in Match Reports
The Albion were good value for their first win of the season, with Louis Anderson, Matt Law and Callum Turnbull getting the goals in a convincing 3-1 win...
Tow Law Town 1-3 RACA
Louie Anderson and Matt Law bagged their first competitive goals in an Albion jersey to give Mark Bullock’s side their first win of the 20/21 season.
A cruel Joe Shepherd own goal cancelled out Anderson’s early opener before Law restored RACA’s lead not long after. Skipper Callum Turnbull scored a third from the spot to secure all three points at Ironworks Road.
Albion made the journey to County Durham to take on a Tow Law side still reeling from their surprising midweek 2-0 defeat at home to Sunderland West End, and Bullock made just one change to the side that drew 1-1 with Heaton Stannington as David Below replaced the injured Adam Dobson.
Most of RACA’s hard work came in the first half and they came flying out the blocks with the initiative as Anderson immediately began to unsettle the Lawyers backline.
It was he who broke the deadlock on six minutes when a left flank pass from Law managed to find him on the edge of the box. The striker steadied himself before belting a left-footed shot past the hapless Lewis Graham to put the Albion into a winning position for the first time this season.
The opening 10 minutes was all Albion with Tyler Davis pulling the strings in midfield, but an unfortunate slice of luck went against them when Shepherd’s own goal drew Tow Law level.
Forward Michael Brown was bearing down on Josh Graham’s goal and although his attempt was blocked, the ball ricocheted off Shepherd and crept into the empty net - much to the frustration of the away dugout.
This blip didn’t hinder the Albion’s first-half onslaught as they continued to mount the pressure, and Davis almost found the top corner with a powerful free-kick that arrowed inches wide of the post.
Decent chances for Harry Outterside and Anderson went begging but RACA still kept their foot on the gas as they pressed hard to regain the lead.
The boys in their change kit of yellow shirts and blue shorts replicated Brazil to eventually go back in front with a wonderful team goal from defence to attack.
Davis laid the ball off to Below deep inside the RACA half. The full-back squared it to Shepherd who sprayed it forward to target-man Anderson. His deft touch to Harry Outterside allowed RACA to advance up the pitch with pace. Sherrard received the ball from Outterside and then ripped down the left flank, pulling a pass across the box to Law for a simple six-yard finish.
A minute later and the Albion had doubled their advantage when Anderson managed to draw a stonewall penalty for a clumsy tackle by goalkeeper Lewis Graham. Turnbull sent Graham the wrong way from the resulting spot-kick to give Bullock’s side a comfortable half-time lead and one they were very much worthy of.
The feeling among the away support was that this was the best RACA had played since the start of pre-season, with Anderson bullying the Lawyers’ defence and the midfielders behind him knocking it about well without the defence ever really looking under trouble.
Tow Law switched to a back three for the second-half as they searched for a way back into the game and improved drastically from their poor first-half showing
The back three suited Tow Law better and forced them to not be as one-dimensional as they had been in the first half, as every pass previously was looking to hit Aaron Willoughby on the right-wing.
Joel Pearson had a shot cleared off the line and Jeb Atkinson thought he’d scored but for a last-ditch block by Joyeux - with the hosts starting to knock on the Albion door.
Outrage from the home crowd happened midway through the half when they felt as though they had a legitimate goal unfairly ruled out.
The Albion net did bulge but the referee had blown for a foul on Gavin Dick just seconds earlier - causing “the Misfits” in attendance to become uneasy as they voiced their concerns at the officials.
With no goal reward coming on the back of their possession the Lawyers began to look jaded, allowing the Albion to place their grip back on the game.
A nicely-worked move from Law saw the number ten skin three Tow Law players on the right flank but couldn’t get a decent enough delivery in for Anderson, who had worked his socks off at both ends of the pitch by this point.
Bullock brought on David Backhouse, Ryan Graham and Owen Brearton to help freshen things up and see out the game as his side managed to hold on for a comfortable away win, handing himself his first victory as a manager in the Northern League.
Starting XI: J Graham, Below, Joyeux, Turnbull, Shepherd, Dick, Davis, Outterside, Law, Sherrard, Anderson
RACA fans Man of the Match - Louis Anderson