First Team

Sat 8 Aug 2020 | Pre-Season Friendly | Away


Oakford Park, Wallington


Tom Chambers




Our second pre-season fixture saw the lads travel up North to take on Wallington FC at Oakford Park.



Quick-fire strikes from Ben Senior and Dan Blewitt inspired a late comeback at Oakford Park to share the spoils in our second pre-season fixture.


Goals either side of half-time from Josh Laverick and Simon Farrier gave the hosts a comfortable two-goal lead before Senior and Blewitt snatched a draw for the Albion.


RACA travelled up North looking to put Wednesday’s disappointing 6-2 defeat to Prudhoe behind them, and Bullock ringed in the changes with eight summer arrivals getting game time.


There was little to separate the two teams in the opening stages with neither side managing to take control of the game. Wallington appealed for a penalty on 12 minutes when a 50/50 challenge between George Priest and RACA goalkeeper Josh Graham resulted in a collision but the referee waved away the half-hearted protests.


Those protests became even louder a few minutes later when Graham brought down Wallington forward John Paxton just outside the area to give the home side a free-kick in a dangerous position. The striker managed to break clear of the RACA defence on several occasions in the first-half and proved to be a real threat in his 45-minute cameo for the Northern Alliance side.


RACA came within a whisker of breaking the deadlock when new signing Shane Brooks got on the end of a piercing Josh Crews outswinger, but his improvised effort was finger-tipped over the bar by goalkeeper Aaron Carr.


Our best chance of the half came from the penalty spot when Mitchell Ramsey was tripped from behind inside the area. Ramsey proceeded to take the resulting spot-kick but blasted his strike way over the crossbar.


The game look destined to be level at the break with neither side creating many clear-cut chances, but a bullet header from Laverick deep into stoppage time gave Wallington the lead and changed the complexion of Bullock’s half-time team talk.


Half-time saw the hosts make 11 changes and come out to the restart wearing a different coloured kit, much to the surprise of those in attendance.


The fresh 11 came out firing in the second half as Wallington began to take control of the game, and it didn’t take them long to double their lead when a deflected strike from Simon Farrier crept past Graham into the bottom corner.


Most of the visitors offensive play came through Gavin Dick, whos jinking runs from midfield helped advance his side further up the pitch but there was rarely any support in the final third, with RACA lacking a focal point up front.


Against the run of play the visitors pulled one back, with summer singings Chris Luaba and Ben Senior linking up perfectly to get the Albion back into the game.


Winger Luaba burst down the left flank and floated in a peach of a delivery which was cushioned home by Senior, who was beginning to look dangerous on the right-hand side.


Before anybody could blink RACA had scored again. Another cross from the left wing saw Senior challenge the goalkeeper in the air, with the loose ball falling to midfielder Dan Blewitt who tucked his effort home into the bottom corner.


An entertaining finish saw RACA finish strongly, with Senior missing another chance from close range that would have wrapped up the game. Our best spell of the game came in the closing stages and if anyone looked like grabbing the winner, it was going to be us.


A draw was a fair result on the whole and both sides will use this fixture as solid preparation ahead of the 20/21 season, with Bullock managing to have a good look at some of his summer additions for the first time.


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