23 Sep 2020 in Match Reports
Ryton & Crawcrook Albion were left to rue a string of missed chances after being beaten 2-1 by Sunderland West End on Wednesday, with the Wearsiders snatching an unlikely three points with the last kick of the game.
A second goal in as many games from recent-signing Lee Richardson - latching onto Eoghain Sherrard's through ball - five minutes before the interval had given a dominant Albion a deserved lead at a very wet Kingsley Park.
But Christopher Tarn leveled on the hour mark in a rare attack for the visitors as Ryton failed to deal with a long ball in the box. And, as the hosts threw everything forward in the closing stages, substitute Kieron Martin grabbed the winner in the 93rd minute with the final kick of the ball.
Mark Bullock's side, who were in control of the game for long periods, had probed and peppered the West End goal but a combination of outstanding goalkeeping by Adam McDermott and last-ditch defending denied them a first home win of the season.
Harry Outterside and Richardson were both blocked multiple times by McDermott and both also had efforts scrambled off the line while Scott Gunn had a thunderous strike brilliantly saved midway through the second half.
The profligacy in front of goal means RACA have now won just once in five league games and sit in 14th position in the Ebac Northern Football League Division Two standings.
And to add to the woes, Gavin Dick and Sherrard were both forced to come off with injuries. They join a growing casualty list that includes Matthew Law, Callum Turnbull and Daniel Ord.
On Saturday, Albion are scheduled to face Newcastle University at nearby Prudhoe.