08 Sep 2021 in Match Reports
Albion came from two goals down to claim a stunning victory away to Boldon on Tuesday night...
Boldon CA 2-3 RACA
A dramatic second-half fightback saw RACA claw from two goals down to snatch a HUGE three points in the Northern League Division 2.
After a flat first-half, Boldon’s Levi Collins bagged a brace shortly after the break before goals from Callum Turnbull, Louis Anderson and Rhys McLeod stunned the home side and secured all three points for Albion.
Dan Iredale made three changes from the side that demolished Washington on Saturday with Sam Harrison, Carl Paterson and Joe Thompson replacing Dan Gladstone Oliver Symons and Konner Lamb.
The visitors - wearing their yellow and blue away kit - had the better of the chances early on, and Anderson tested Andrew Hunter on 10 minutes after being put through with a clever disguised pass by Umpha Koroma.
Albion should have broken the deadlock moments later when Anderson nodded across the box to Turnbull but the RACA skipper couldn’t get enough contact on the ball from point-blank range.
More pressure continued to mount on the home side as Anderson went close twice in a matter of seconds. His right-footed shot just wide of the area drew a fantastic save out of Hunter; the resulting corner saw Anderson fire over with an unmarked header.
RACA failed to convert their early dominance into a goal and their grip on the game began to fizzle out, with Boldon having their first real chance on 27 minutes. Collins managed to find Oscar Taylor inside the six-yard box but Koroma managed to block the ball out for a corner before the shot came off.
A minute later, Koroma almost became the hero up the other end when he tried an audacious curler from 25-yards. A strike that looked destined for the top corner, Hunter made a fantastic save to keep the scores level.
Two huge let-offs for Albion came just before the break and the hosts should have headed into half-time at least a goal up.
The first saw Taylor get put through one-on-one with Harrison; Albion’s stand-in goalkeeper managed to get the faintest of touches to the shot which was enough to send the ball wide for a corner.
RACA’s backline were caught napping a second time as Taylor was through again. The Boldon striker beat Harrison to a loose ball and, luckily, his dinked effort landed on the roof of the net.
A flat first-half was quickly dismissed for an entertaining second, as Boldon came flying out the blocks to take the lead in the 47th minute.
Full-back Daniel Hopper tackled Andrew Brown deep inside Albion’s half and gave the overlapping Daniel Wright a simple pass on the left flank.
The Boldon man floated a cross towards the back post and Collins was there - unmarked - to give his side an early second-half lead.
Joe Thompson proved a bright spark as the game progressed, and his darting run past two defenders almost gave RACA an immediate equaliser but the shot was blasted straight at Hunter.
A sickening second goal came on the hour mark and it was well worked by Boldon, who again reaped their rewards down the left flank.
Taylor found space out wide and put an inviting ball into the area; Collins was there again, but this time he had to improvise as his deft flick was angled towards goal with pace and rifled past Harrison into the bottom corner.
Albion looked down and out, with Iredale incensed on the touchline as it looked as though his side had fallen to pieces just 15 minutes after the restart.
However, RACA regrouped and were awarded a lifeline when Anderson was put through by Koroma and clumsily brought down inside the penalty area.
Captain Turnbull stepped up and made no mistake as he fired the spot-kick into the top left corner - Albion were back in the game.
The momentum in the game immediately shifted and RACA were in control of the game once more.
Scott Bamborough floated a free-kick into the Boldon area towards the head of Brown, who flicked it down into no man’s land inside Boldon’s penalty area. The bullish Anderson was there to pounce on the loose ball and blasted his side level, with jubilant scenes erupting among the away supporters.
A lull in the action saw Albion step off the gas slightly once the equaliser went in and all their hard work to claw level was almost in vain when Collins was denied a stunning hat-trick.
His left-footed shot cannoned off the underside of the bar to remind RACA that there was still a job to be done.
In the 89th-minute, all hell broke loose when Anderson slotted in McLeod, who was never going to be caught by the Boldon backline.
The young winger looked up towards the onrushing goalkeeper and, with the whole ground silent for a split-second, slotted home with ease to send the NE40 contingent into raptures in the dying embers of the game.
RACA managed the remainder of the game professionally to help see out a vital three points. Recent games against Willington and Easington saw the lads criticised for being outmuscled in certain areas, but they all dug in deep to grind out a colossal three points at the top end of the Northern League.
Cup action beckons at the weekend as Iredale and his men test themselves against Division One opposition Bishop Auckland in the FA Vase on Saturday.
Starting XI - Harrison, Brown, Laws, Paterson, Turnbull, Bamborough, Koroma, Pickford, Thompson, Mcleod, Anderson
RACA Fans’ Man of the Match: Louis Anderson