07 Nov 2021 in Match Reports
RACA completed a trio of wins of Sunderland West End yesterday afternoon but it was the closest affair to date between the two sides...
RACA 1-0 Sunderland West End
Robbie Williamson’s first-half strike was enough to crush Sunderland West End and fire Albion up to second in the Northern League Division 2.
On a windy day at Kingsley Park, the new signing bagged his second goal in three games to ensure RACA had enough to grind out a vital win on home soil.
Albion welcomed a side they had already beaten twice this season, including a 6-1 demolishing in the Durham Challenge Cup just a fortnight ago.
This encounter was a lot closer, but Albion should have been in front after just two minutes when Joe Thompson cannoned a shot off the underside of the crossbar.
Some brilliant work by Ollie Symons on the left wing saw him cross to Thompson, who was unfortunate not to get on the scoresheet.
Williamson charged towards the West End box on 11 minutes and should have picked out Konner Lamb; he ignored his teammates calls for a pass and had a strike on goal that whistled wide of the post.
Soon after Symons, enjoying a lively spell from full-back, put an inviting delivery in the box, but a yellow shirt was able to block and clear before Rhys McLeod could nudge in front.
Sunderland’s own left-back Bradley Moncur did the same moments later, when his teasing cross when flashing across the box with no teammate there to tuck home.
The opener came from the best move of the game, when Albion capitalised on a stunning counter-attack to go in front.
Lamb picked up the ball on the halfway line and threaded through McLeod, who cut inside and dribbled towards the West End penalty area.
He teed off Williamson, who killed the defender dead with one touch before blasting home from close range to give his side the lead at the break.
Scott Bamborough fizzed the gloves of Neil Bussey shortly after half-time, with the keeper parrying a powerful shot wide for a corner.
Harry Munday went close for the visitors when he darted towards Albion’s goal from the right wing and found the side netting with a strike.
The rest of the game was laborious to watch, as gale-force conditions in NE40 impacted the quality of the pitch.
The highlight of the closing stages was the introduction of Hylton Hub, who made his long-awaited return following a foot injury he suffered at the start of the season.
Yesterday was a case of knuckling down and grafting out the result in difficult conditions; good job that Albion did too, as other results in the division went their way as well.
The lads now have a two-week break before their next fixture against Easington on Friday, November 19.
Starting XI: Gladstone, Brown, Waugh, Paterson, Symons, Bamborough, Pickford, Lamb, McLeod, Thompson, Williamson
RACA Fans’ of the Match: Robbie Williamson