21 Oct 2021 in Match Reports


Albion tweaked the sytem on Wednesday night to great affect as they put one of their league rivals to the sword in the Durham FA Challlenge Cup...


RACA 6-1 Sunderland West End


A dazzling display from Konner Lamb inspired Albion to an emphatic 6-1 demolition of Sunderland West End in the Durham FA Challenge Cup.


Lamb’s opener was followed by goals from Daniel Kent and Scott Bamborough; West End pegged one back through Lewis Fairley before Carl Paterson, Yuri Moraes and another Lamb strike completed the rout.


Dan Iredale rang in the changes for this cup clash against a promotion rival, most notably Andrew Brown - who was given the unfamiliar role of a right winger in Rhys McLeod’s absence.


It was the visitors who had the first chance on three minutes when Cameron Old tested Adam Mooney early on. The 17-year-old Albion keeper saved well to brush aside any pre-match nerves and get an early touch on the ball.


The deadlock was broken four minutes later when Lamb picked the defenders pocket on the edge of the box. The onrushing Bradley Moncur came flying off his line and smashed the ball off the RACA forward, who calmly rolled his shot into an empty net.


It didn’t take long for Albion to double their advantage when Brown burst down the right flank and whipped a cross across the face of goal. Kent was there to tuck home from point-blank range and put the hosts in a commanding position


The West End dugout had already seen enough as they brought on Alex Herron for Steven Stewart, but any attempts to shore up their defence was in vain.


RACA were playing arguably their best football all season, with Joe Thompson causing Brandon Alderson all sorts of problems down the left flank.


Brown, a centre-half by trade, was putting in a stellar shift at right midfield, and his crunching tackle in midfield was the platform for a brilliant Albion move that almost saw Shaun Pickford curl one in from range.


Sunderland were handed a lifeline on 25 minutes when Morgan Dart picked out Fairley inside the penalty area. The West End forward hit a first-time volley past Mooney to give his side hope of an unlikely comeback.


Any glimmer of that possibility was soon put to bed and it was Lamb at the front and centre of things yet again.


He picked up the ball just inside the final third and charged towards the away goal. Taking his time, the moment appeared to be lost, but his composed pass to tee off Bamborough on the edge of the box gave the Albion midfielder a free hit to smash one into the top corner.


It could have been a cricket score by half-time, with Thompson smashing the post and Lamb almost round off after a beautiful one-two with Bamborugh, yet 3-1 still felt like a comfortable scoreline given how the match was going.


The only criticism that could have been levelled at Albion on Saturday was how their foot came off the gas in the second half, but the same could not be said here.


Carl Paterson scored his first goal on his return to the club when he volleyed in from a Bamborough corner, as the game was now starting to look out of sight for West End.


Brazilian Moraes grabbed his first goal in Albion colours, too, having not long been on the field in place of Kent as he punched on a loose ball to make it five.


Lamb, the architect for most of Albion’s success last night, rounded things off with a second when he got on the end of an Ollie Symons cross to volley past Moncur.


Thompson’s performances warranted a goal and he should have had it when he burst through in the dying moments, but Moncur made a fantastic save to frustrate the RACA winger.


The referee blew his whistle to confirm a solid win for Albion in the Durham FA Challenge Cup; a victory that gives Iredale his fourth on the bounce in all competitions.


He spoke post-match about the wish for this fixture to be in the league, with RACA and West End neck-and-neck in their bid for promotion to Division One.


However, a scalp as big as this could serve as a mental victory in the coming months, with West End unlikely to play as bad as they did again this season.


Starting XI - Mooney, Symons, Paterson, Waugh, Below, Brown, Bamborough, Pickford, Thompson, Lamb, Kent


RACA Fans’ man of the Match: Konner Lamb


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