11 Oct 2020 in Match Reports
RACA managed to secure the win and take home all three points in a game they had to win at Hall Lane on Saturday afternoon...
Durham City 0-2 RACA
Two goals either side of half-time was enough for Albion to secure all three points at Hall Lane.
Harry Outterside scored a 20-yard curler and Louis Anderson bagged his third of the season to give RACA a commanding win in a game where they could have easily had five or six.
The result gave Mark Bullock his second win in charge as RACA boss and piled more misery on strugglers Durham - who are still without victory this season and in turmoil after parting ways with manager Didier Agathe as well as several first-team players this week.
Albion dominated possession in the opening stages and should have taken the lead on two minutes when Tyler Davis’ looping cross was clipped towards the back post. The delivery was screaming for somebody to touch it home yet there was nobody there to meet it.
Midfielder Davis, deployed on the left flank instead of his usual central role, created another superb chance when his corner was flicked on by Shepherd. The defender’s knock down found Anderson, but his effort was blocked before managing to test the goalkeeper.
Scott Gunn enjoyed himself in the first-half and he was able to dictate a lot of the possession early on, rarely giving the ball away and finding himself in acres of space in the middle of the park.
The Citizen’s reminded everyone that they can still trouble the Albion goal on 15 minutes when Victor Jefferson fizzed a wicked shot wide of Josh Graham’s post from distance - encouraging Bullock to urge his side to stay switched on.
A huge chance for the visitors went begging when Gunn’s through ball put Anderson in but his shot was well saved by Dean Brooks. Appeals for a penalty were also turned away shortly after when Lee Richardson was brought down - as the pressure began to mount on the Durham City goal.
RACA’s patience in possession paid off half an hour in when Outterside curled home a beauty from outside the area to give his side a deserved lead.
The move was started by Gunn and resulted in Louis teeing off the winger to crisply tuck home into the top corner.
Outterside was lively throughout the match and almost repaid the favour to his team-mate moments later when he pulled it back to Anderson - who blazed a first time shot over the bar.
Albion went into the break well ahead on the statistics but only had a one-goal lead to show for their dominance. A sense of frustration was evident judging by Bullock’s animated half-time team talk as he appeared to demand more from his players.
The visitors suffered more injury woes five minutes after the restart when Gunn, who had arguably been the best player on the pitch up to that point, hobbled off and was replaced by David Backhouse.
He joins the growing list on the treatment table as Dick, Sherrard and Law are all still sidelined - with Dick expected to return to action in the coming weeks following a hamstring injury.
A second goal finally came just after the hour mark when Richardson pierced the home side’s back line to thread in the tireless Anderson. This time the forward showed great composure as he coolly rounded the goalkeeper and tucked away into an empty net to put Albion into a commanding position for the remainder of the game.
Richardson and Shepherd almost got on the scoresheet with decent efforts before another golden opportunity was presented to the latter to treble Albion’s advantage.
The defender found himself in unfamiliar territory, bearing down one-on-one on Brooks' goal but his effort was well saved by the Durham goalkeeper.
Graham’s goal was never tested in the second half and it should have been three in stoppage time but substitute Owen Brearton was denied by a dubious offside call.
It was a professional, comfortable win in the end for RACA and they will feel they should have won this game by more. Durham created little but they have had a turbulent couple of days and had to piece most of their team together at the last minute - so they can hold their heads up high with the performance they put in today.
We would like to thank Durham City for their hospitality yesterday and wish them all the best for the remainder of the season.
Starting XI - J Graham, Below, Shepherd, Turnbull, Joyeux, Outterside, Gunn, R Graham, Davis, Richardson, Anderson
RACA fans Man of the Match - Ben Joyeux