RCA FIRED UP TO GIVE IT A REAL GO AT SCAR­BOR­OUGH

MEADOW PARK BOSS SWALES WELL PRE­PARED FOR TOUGH FA CUP CLASH AGAINST EVO-STIK LEAGUE SEADOGS

Sunderland Echo - - Football -

Sun­der­land RCA man­ager Martin Swales says his side are ready to “give it a shot” against Scar­bor­ough Ath­letic in to­mor­row’s FA Cup tie,

RCA find them­selves in the sec­ond qual­i­fy­ing round af­ter beat­ing Li­versedge, Ash­ing­ton and Gar­forth Town in the pre­vi­ous rounds of the com­pe­ti­tion to set up a juicy away tie with Steve Kit­trick’s Seadogs.

This is the fur­thest RCA have got in the pres­ti­gious com­pe­ti­tion in 13 years and ev­ery­one at at the club will not want the jour­ney to end.

Swales was in the stand at Scar­bor­ough’s 5-2 Evo-Stik North win over West York­shire side Os­sett Al­bion on Tues­day night.

He said: “I’ve got a good idea at how they set up and play and have also had some in­sights from peo­ple at South Shields and Marske, who they have al­ready played.

“They’re ex­pected win but I’m fairly con­fi­dent that we can go down and give it a good shot.”

Scar­bor­ough re­cently moved to their new home ‘The Flamingo Land Sta­dium’ at the start of this sea­son and play on a 4G turfed pitch.

“The as­tro-turf will prob­a­bly ben­e­fit them and they’ll be a big crowd, but we’ve got to go down and give it a shot,” said Swales.

“Win lose or draw, we’ve done very well to make it to this stage.”

Seven key first-team play­ers were rested in RCA’s 4-1 mid­week de­feat to Stock­ton Town in the North­ern League, but Swales ex­plained that that was to save them for to­mor­row.

RCA are with­out ver­sa­tile player James Arm­strong for the trip to York­shire, while cap­tain Greg Swans­bury and Craig Hodg­son face late fit­ness tests.

Swales also passed on his appreciation to all RCA fans set to make the trip south.

Shildon face an in­jury cri­sis ahead of their tough FA Cup match at home to Al­trin­cham, who are 12th in the Evo-Stik Pre­mier Di­vi­sion ta­ble. Of­fi­cial John Atkin­son said: “Last week, we saw an out­stand­ing per­for­mance by goal­keeper Ni­cholas Li­versedge and two penal­ties from Matty Rob­son, en­abled us to re­tain this sea­son’s un­beaten record at Stock­ton Town. “How­ever, the vic­tory was damp­ened by fur­ther in­juries to Daniel Moore, David Rey­nard and Lewis Dodds, to add to the ex­ist­ing list of Michael Rae, Adam Bur­ni­cle and Kyle May.

“Sev­eral young­sters have been drafted in from the de­vel­op­ment cen­tre and may face an in­ter­est­ing de­but against Al­trin­cham.”

In the Ebac North­ern League’s First Di­vi­sion, Sea­ham Red Star co-man­ager Chris McCabe is de­lighted with his squad as they head into the derby at Ry­hope CW.

McCabe said: “I am par­tic­u­larly pleased with the de­fence in re­cent games. Goal­keeper Jor­dan Harkess has had some out­stand­ing games, while full-backs Cal­lum Munro and Tommy Price have been very good, both in de­fen­sive and at­tack­ing roles.

“Cen­tre backs David Scorer and Bradley Staunch have gelled well and new sign­ing Thomas Bram­ley hasn’t had a chance to get in, be­cause of the way those two have played.”

He added: “Tal­is­man Craig Lynch looks likely to miss the game through an an­kle in­jury. An­drew Brown could be back in con­tention though, fol­low­ing a head in­jury. Oth­er­wise we have a full squad to choose from.”

Co-man­ager Paul John­son added: “This will be an­other tough game. Ry­hope have had a great start to the sea­son and have been on fire up front, scor­ing seven against Guis­bor­ough Town last week­end, but our con­fi­dence is also high and we are look­ing for­ward to the game.”

Ry­hope CW as­sis­tant man­ager Stu­art Gooden is rel­ish­ing the home clash.

“Af­ter a tremen­dous 7-1 win in the Vase against Guis­bor­ough last Satur­day, we are re­ally look­ing for­ward to a lo­cal derby at home to Sea­ham Red Star,” he said.

“We are ex­pect­ing a re­ally tough game be­cause Red Star have started the sea­son very well.

“There will be fit­ness tests needed for James El­lis, El­liott Woods and David Gor­don. Re­turn­ing is Josh Home-Jack­son and added to the squad is new sign­ing Christo­pher Wal­lace.”

Wash­ing­ton host New­ton Ay­cliffe at the Nis­san Com­plex and go into the game off the back of de­feats to Crook Town in the Durham Chal­lenge Cup in mid­week and a 4-1 de­feat to Mor­peth Town in the League last Satur­day.

Man­ager James Clark will have Matthew Fisher and Scott McAr­dle avail­able for se­lec­tion.

The vis­i­tors are a point and place above the Me­chan­ics, who are still seek­ing their first win of the sea­son.

Con­sett man­ager Mark Ec­cles has a cou­ple of in­jury con­cerns ahead of the Steel­men’s game at home to Ash­ing­ton.

Ash­ing­ton will have late fit­ness tests on Ben Chris­tensen,RyanBell,BenHarmi­son, Craig Scott and Damien Stevens be­fore the game.

Bot­tom club Billing­ham Syn­tho­nia travel to Dun­ston UTS and UTS have Michael Pear­son, James Martin and Dan Capewell miss­ing from their squad.

How­ever, there will be late fit­ness tests for Jake Stafford, Carl Jones, Niall Har­ri­son and Dan Hal­l­i­day.

The big game sees sec­ond­top West Auck­land trav­el­ling to face league lead­ers Mor­peth Town.

Ry­hope CW (red and white) make their mark in last week’s im­pres­sive FA Vase win over Guis­bor­ough. Pic­tures by Kevin Brady

Ry­hope CW (red and white) bat­tle against Guis­bor­ough last Satur­day.

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