26 Sep 2021 in Match Reports
Albion suffered another setback in their bid for promotion as Tow Law claimed a well-deserved three points on Saturday afternoon...
Tow Law Town 2-1 RACA
Albion’s promotion charge was handed another severe blow as they were deservedly beaten by Tow Law at Ironworks Road.
Second half goals from Lewis Teasdale and Drew Lake gave the hosts a two-goal cushion before a superb strike from Rhys McLeod pulled one back for RACA.
10-man Lawyers held on comfortably for the remaining 20 minutes to grind out an impressive win in a hot-tempered clash in County Durham.
Tow Law repaid the favour to Albion for a 2-1 defeat they suffered at Kingsley Park earlier on in the season and went into this clash against a visiting side still reeling from a last-minute defeat to Redcar in midweek.
The game started brightly as the home side had faint appeals for a penalty inside the first minute after a tumble between Michael Laws and Aaron Handy.
Those protests were rejected by the referee and Albion had a spot-kick shout of their own 10 minutes later when Adam Knowles brought down McLeod, but the contact was not enough to award a penalty.
Both sides were sloppy in possession during the first half, with neither able to string a sequence of passes together.
Dillon Blake limped off with a hip injury on 24 minutes, making way for Paul King who made his RACA debut.
Liam Goldbrough cut inside from the left and blasted one at Dan Gladstone but his effort was comfortably saved by the Albion keeper.
The visitors were restricted to shooting from distance, with Joe Thompson firing wide and Unpha Koroma having a long range shot saved by Thomas Orton.
RACA’s best chance of the half came from a set-piece when Scott Bamborough fizzed the gloves of Orton, but that was as good as it got from their perspective as a sluggish opening 45 minutes came to a close.
The second half saw immediate anger from the Albion dugout as McLeod dispossessed Richardson in the middle of the park. With the RACA winger charging towards goal, a delayed free-kick was given and a clear goal scoring opportunity was denied.
Tow Law broke the deadlock on the hour mark when Lake tackled Laws on the edge of Albion’s area. The substitute squared it across to Teasdale who tucked home a simple finish from close range.
It didn’t take long for the Lawyers to double their lead when Teasdale repaid the favour to Lake for the second.
Tow Law’s number nine saw his shot cannon off the post and fall perfectly to Lake; a hapless Gladstone almost got to the rebound but his glove wasn’t enough to keep the effort out.
The home side almost had a third when Thomas McAloon skewed a half-volley over the bar, with Albion struggling to find a way back into the game.
A moment of genius gave them a glimmer of hope, however, when Yuri Moraes switched the play to McLeod on the left wing.
The RACA youngster smashed a left-footed strike into the top corner from 20-yards out to give his side a lifeline with 20 minutes still to play.
Chances of an equaliser improved when substitute Michael Brown, who had only been on the pitch a matter of minutes, was shown a red card for punching his namesake Andrew Brown in the face.
Albion failed to capitalise on the extra man advantage and couldn’t create anything clear cut in the closing stages.
If anything, it was Tow Law who looked more threatening and they should have sealed the game on 86 minutes when McAloon skipped through the Albion backline and had a shot that crept inches wide of the post.
The full-time whistle confirmed another disappointing result for RACA, who were defeated twice in a row for the first time this season.
A long trip to Billingham on Wednesday gives Dan Iredale and his men a chance to put things right and get back to winning ways in the Northern League.
Starting XI: Gladstone, Brown, Laws, Turnbull, Below, Bamborough, Koroma, Blake, Thompson, McLeod, Jasper
RACA Fans’ Man of the Match: Callum Turnbull