27 Sep 2020 in Match Reports
It was another disappointing setback for the Albion as the lads threw away a one-goal lead to lose 2-1 to Newcastle Uni at Kimberley Park...
Newcastle University 2-1 RACA
A bullet header from substitute Blake Wood put the finishing touch on a Newcastle University comeback as they came from a goal down to defeat the Albion.
Louis Anderson scored a header of his own to put RACA one-up at the break but goals from Niza Chilufya and super sub Wood overturned that deficit to secure the win for the students at Kimberley Park.
The Albion did the double over their counterparts last season but went into this clash slightly out of nick having lost their last three in all competitions. Defeats to Ashington and Sunderland West End in the past seven days both came after RACA had taken the lead and this game followed a similar pattern.
It was the visitors who pressed the action early on but they couldn’t convert their possession into chances, with the first talking point of the game coming when Adam Redford received a yellow card on 15 minutes for clattering Albion midfielder Scott Gunn.
Many felt as though the Newcastle Uni man would have been shown a straight red for his reckless challenge had the game still not been in its infancy.
Midway through the opening period the home side started to take control and should have been one-nil up but for a horror miss from Joel Birn.
Full-back Joseph Blanch burst down the left flank and pulled an inviting ball across the face of the RACA penalty area. With the goal at his mercy, Birn blazed a poor effort high over the bar - much to the disbelief of the home dugout. Somehow the scoreline remained level as the Albion breathed a huge sigh of relief..
Despite Newcastle Uni enjoying most of the ball it was the away side who drew blood first with a beautiful piece of attacking play.
Midfielder Gunn, deployed in the number 10 role following an injury to Lee Henderson before kick-off, showed great composure as he bore down on the opposition goal. Instead of rushing his attack, he calmly slotted in Harry Outterside, who floated in a peach of a delivery that met the head of Louis Anderson - and the big man tucked home with ease from close range.
Newcastle Uni pressed the action after the break and should have equalised when a chance for Chilufya went begging at the back post.
The energetic winger was a thorn in the Albion side all afternoon and caused the RACA backline problems with his guile, pace and trickery down the left wing - and his endless work rate paid off on 63 minutes.
He reaped the benefit of a huge stroke of luck to get his side back into the game as a goal line clearance from Jack Moody struck the unaware forward on the edge of the six-yard box.
The freak goal was a welcome reward for a threatening performance and shifted the momentum of the match his side’s way for the remainder of the game.
Outterside had a good chance to drag RACA back in front but if any team was going to get a winner it was going to be Newcastle Uni - and the inevitable took place with 15 minutes on the clock.
Danger man Chilufya back-heeled a ball on the left flank to Blanch who put in a vicious ball into the area. His delivery found Wood, with the substitute heading home from close range to complete the turn around and give the hosts a deserved victory.
It was a disappointing afternoon for the Albion as they slumped to their fourth defeat on the spin in all competitions but there were still positives to take from the game.
Scott Gunn impressed once again in midfield and for spells they were the better side. Taking the lead and then losing once again will be a bitter pill to swallow, however, recent results have not been a fair reflection of their performances over the past couple of weeks and you feel a corner will be turned pretty soon.
Starting XI: J Graham, Below, Moody, Turnbull, Shepherd, R Graham, Outterside, Scott Gunn, Blewitt, Joyeux, Louis Anderson
RACA fans Man of the Match: Scott Gunn