06 Oct 2019 in Match Reports
It was thirds all round as RACA recorded a third straight win, keeping a third clean sheet and stayed in third place in the league following a 2-0 over Brandon United
Albion went into this league game with Brandon, still bouncing from the midweek win against Stockton & hoping to press on following the win at Tow Law, against a United side struggling for points towards the foot of the table.
In a slow burner of a game it was Brandon who created the first dangerous attack on the quarter hour mark when Albion lost possession, Jack Bromley finding Alex Dobinson whose shot brought a good save out of Josh Graham in the Ryton goal. For all their possession Albion didn't really threaten until 21 minutes when James Thompson unleashed a shot that wasn't far off, then two minutes later Tyler Davis managed to find a gap between defenders & teammates to drill a low show past everyone & the unsighted Carl Robinson in the Brandon goal was pleased to see it roll half a yard wide. United were on the attack on 27 minutes when Liam Bain & Jordan Lee broke quickly but Graham averted any danger by diving out & smothering the cross. A spell of RACA pressure on 33 minutes saw the opening goal of the game when Davis shot was blocked by Harry Thompson but the loose ball fell to Jamie Dunn who fired low into the United net to score his fifth goal of the season. The advantage was doubled just six minutes later when another attack saw James Thompson sandwiched between two Brandon defenders & bundled over in the box. Referee Mr Ferriday awarded a penalty which Jack Cooper duly despatched to make it 2-0 to Ryton. Brandon were still posing a threat but Albion's defenders were in no mood to concede & some decisive tackling ensured the men in red were going to have to dig deep to get anything out of the game, Jack Moody's block on Lee's 41st minute shot epitomising the determined nature of the Ryton rearguard.
HT RACA 2 BRANDON UNITED 0
Albion continued to press for more goals after the interval & on 50 minutes Thompson surged forward & found Dunn with a fine cross, but his shot was saved by Robinson. Ryton were firing hatfulls of crosses into the Brandon box but frustratingly no-one seemed to be getting on the end of them. Thompson did bring a great save out of Robinson on the hour mark when a Dunn effort bounced back off the United bar & Thompson hit the rebound only to be denied by Robinson's acrobatics. After looking like they were resigned to defeat, Brandon found their mojo again late on, & two of their substitutes, George Pinder & Lewis Charlton broke smartly only for another timely tackle by Moody thwarted the move. Albion continued to create crosses particularly from the right flank but still weren't able to capitalise & had to play the last few minutes with ten men after Albion's Liam Barker was taken off after an accidental clash of heads with Brandon's Harry Thompson, but the visitors were unable to take advantage & the three points stayed with The Albion
FT RACA 2 BRANDON UNITED 0
REFEREE- ALEX FERRIDAY
RACA- J Graham, Below, Moody, Shepherd, Barker, Davis (Ord 85), Thompson, Cooper (R Graham 81), Jasper, Dunn (Outterside78), Norris. (unused subs- Blewitt, Dobson)