Bet­ter late than never for RCA to end hoodoo

Sunday Sun - - Football - BY MARK CAR­RUTHERS

Ac­tion from Shildon’s FA Vase clash with Sun­der­land RCA, which the lat­ter won 3-2 thanks to a dra­matic late goal MARTIN Swales and Sun­der­land RCA had ev­ery right to ap­proach their FA Vase tie at Shildon with some trep­i­da­tion.

Af­ter all it’s six years since they have beaten the Rail­way­men at home or away.

But they chose the per­fect time to break that run and they did it in dra­matic fash­ion as sub­sti­tute Kyle Davis’ late win­ner put his side into the last 32 of the com­pe­ti­tion.

The Dean Street pitch had been bat­tered by the con­stant rain this week but still looked in de­cent con­di­tion ahead of kick-off.

But the open­ing 15 min­utes saw that all change as the play­ing sur­face cut up and that meant nei­ther side could re­ally make the most of their time on the ball.

It was Shildon that set­tled quicker, whilst their visi­tors con­sis­tently wasted posses­sion, much to frus­tra­tion of boss Swales and his coach­ing staff.

The first real chance ar­rived mid­way through the first half and it came as no sur­prise that if fell to the hosts.

For­mer Marske United striker Danny Earl raced through on goal and tried to place the ball beyond Dim­itrios Ts­apo­los, only to see his ef­fort hit the Greek stop­per on the chest be­fore the visi­tors scram­bled the ball to safety.

Chances were few and far be­tween but Shildon man­aged to take the next one that fell their way.

It ar­rived nine min­utes be­fore half­time as player-man­ager Daniel Moore crashed a 20-yard drive into the far-cor­ner af­ter calm ap­proach

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