02 Nov 2019 in Match Reports
RACA 1 CARLISLE CITY 2
Albion's first Northern League meeting with Carlisle City ended in defeat as Tony Fawcett's men struggled to hit top gear while the Cumbrians looked lively throughout. The loss combined with Heaton's win at Redcar cuts the gap to 4th place down to 7 points.
There was drama before City's first ever Northern League game against RACA when neither referee's assistant had shown up on the strength of a mystery caller informing them the game was off. As a result, local official Jack Herriot, whose original game was postponed, was an emergency stand in for the linesman who was uncontactable saving the trouble of nominating someone to perform ins and outs decisions for a now relieved referee Paul Burt.
Once the game got going it was the Cumbrian outfit who were by some way the more livelier side & on 5 minutes tested Ryton keeper Josh Graham when Sam Atkinson headed the ball from a corner forcing Graham to punch the goal-bound effort away to safety. Jack Moody had to come to the Albion's rescue on 12 minutes, clearing a Dan Kirkup effort off the line following a mini scramble in the home sides' box. RACA were struggling to make any inroads into Carlisle territory and only wayward shooting from the visitors was preventing them taking a deserved lead, but on 27 minutes, the breakthrough happened. Graham had already made a fine reflex save from a Rob McCartney header, but Atkinson was on hand to fire home to make it 1-0 to City. The reverse caused Albion to splutter into life and out of nothing, Mitchell Ramsay got his first goal for the club on 32 minutes with a wonderful 25 yard strike giving Tom Newton in the Carlisle goal no chance. The visitors continued to put pressure on the Ryton goal for the rest of the half, their best chance being when McCartney was dispossessed by Graham diving at his feet, the loose ball pinging around the box before being scrambled to safety but the sides went into the interval level, somewhat fortuitously from the Ryton perspective.
HT RACA 1 CARLISLE CITY 1
Albion had to and did improve in the second half & Jack Cooper had a free kick saved by Newton on 49 minutes while his second effort grazed the outside of the woodwork. At the other end, former Luton & Tranmere forward, Mark Shiel brought another good save out of Graham, before City's pressure was rewarded when McCartney, spotting Graham off his line, tried an audacious lob which nestled in the back of the Ryton net & restored the Cumbrians' lead on 59 minutes. Albion were trying to restore parity again and Jamie Dunn left a swathe of sky blue shirts in his wake on 63 minutes & crossed the ball to Ramsay who fired across the six yard area but ultimately wide. Callum Turbull's 68th minute shot that hit the Carlisle post was the nearest Ryton got to a leveller while Graham had to deal with an Aaron Bradbury shot late on for the visitors. A definite collective off day for Albion & no complaints that all three points headed west along the A69.
FT RACA 1 CARLISLE CITY 2
REFEREE- PAUL BURT
RACA- J Graham, Below, Moody, Turnbull, Shepherd (Outterside 80), Davis, Ramsey, Cooper, Jasper, R Graham (Norris 67), Dunn. Unused Subs- Dobson, Dick, Blewitt
PHOTO: Ken Fitzpatrick (Twitter: @Kenfitzpatrick16)