Shildon AFC are now 4th in the league with games in hand on the teams above them, after another comfortable 5 – 1 home win against Sunderland RCA on Saturday 21st February.
It was all Shildon from the kick-off, with Billy Greulich-Smith heading over on just 7 minutes. A minute later Micky Rae only had keeper Jonathan Carmichael to beat, but he fired wide.
Constant home pressure paid off on 25 minutes after good work from Ben Wood, who crossed for Chris Emms to fire low into the net.
After 3 more missed chances, 2 from Lee Scroggins and 1 from Chris Emms, Shildon’s persistence paid off on 44 minutes when Ben Wood found Micky Rae, who squared the ball to Chris Emms for his 2nd goal of the game.
Half Time: Shildon AFC 2 Sunderland RCA 0.
The 2nd half was a continuation of the 1st with the Railwaymen in control.
After chances by Emms, Rae and Jones; Greulich-Smith blasted home from 10 yards on 66 minutes.
Two minutes later it was 4 – 0 when Micky Rae crossed to the far post for Ben Wood to tap in.
With 12 minutes remaining Mark Doninger made it 5 – 0 when he looped the ball into the roof of the net.
On 80 minutes a sporadic RCA chance fell to Stephen Bogie, but he fired over when he could have scored. But with just 5 minutes remaining RCA’s star man No 10. Stephen Callen got a consolation goal with a long-range drive through a crowd of players.
Final Score: Shildon AFC 5 Sunderland RCA 1.
Goalscorers: Emms 25, 44, Greulich-Smith 66, Wood 68, Doninger 78.
Subs: Doninger for Rae 68, Ellison for Scroggins 76, Taylor for Hodgson 79.
Man-of-the-Match: Chris Emms.
Following the match manager Gary Forrest said, “A good team performance once again, and another 3 points as we move on to the next game”.
Shildon play one of their biggest games of the season on Saturday 28th February, when they are home to top-of-the-league West Auckland Town, with six points at stake.
The following Tuesday, 3rd March, The Railwaymen are away to Spennymoor Town in the Durham Challenge Cup Semi-Final. Then on Saturday 7th March they entertain Consett in the League.
Shildon are now third in the table after a comprehensive with at Billingham Synthonia and a draw with league leaders West Auckland on Saturday. Match reports will be in this week’s Crier. A more comprehensive report is available at The Railwaymen blog.