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Lewis Wood in midfield action during the first half snow at Saturday's 5 - 1 away defeat to Shildon. Please click here for the usual match photos. Click here for photos by Tom Clegg and Amanda Scaife (black and white set.)

Sunderland RCA play in the Northern League Division 1. We also play in the Sunderland Sunday League Premier Division.

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View from the Cemetery - February 2015 - Part 2

So much to talk about. Ground problems but progress on the pitch, the fight against relegation looking very interesting, big boys across the river looking rocky and manager writing to the fans, tight championship race with Shildon slowly emerging as most people’s favourites, FIFA up to their usual shameless shenanigans; where do we start? At home obviously, although we don't often play there. All in all more good news than bad, the occasional disaster being interspersed with a good few fighting wins. Certainly managed to upset the Bishop faithful, quite distressed at the nerve of the likes of us beating the likes of them, and quite vocal about it as well. Seems we were very lucky, only a matter of them being bad, not us being good. All a matter of opinion of course, and my spies reckoned we could have had six in both games. Probably mistaken. Shame, but never mind old chaps, Bishops will return to their rightful glory one of these days I'm sure.

Back on Planet Earth lack of goals seems to be our biggest problem, solid in most parts otherwise, and to be fair the new combination of youth and Irish flair up front looks promising, with the occasional move forward of the Ginger E'to to spice things up. Yes, looks like a fascinating few weeks through to the end of the season. I am cautiously optimistic...

Newton Aycliffe FC 0 Sunderland RCA FC 1

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

EBAC Northern League Division 1

Goalscorers: SRCA: Megran,   Newton Aycliffe FC: none

After Saturday’s crushing defeat against Shildon, RCA made the trip to the Moore Lane ground for their rearranged fixture against fellow strugglers Newton Aycliffe.

Changes were made by the manager and in came Larkin and Armstrong to replace Weldon and Rowe. Preston returned to the centre of defence, while Bythway was moved to left back. Larkin was to be supported up front by Callen and Armstrong came in on the left of midfield.

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Shildon AFC 5 Sunderland RCA FC 1

Josh Carmichael dives to save in the second half of the match.

Saturday, 21 February 2015

EBAC Northern League Division 1

Goalscorers: SRCA: Callen   Shildon: Emms (2), Donniger, Greulich-Smith, Wood.

Please click here for the usual match photos. Click here for photos by Tom Clegg and Amanda Scaife (black and white set.) Please click here for The Railway Men's match report.

Apologies to my faithful reader for the lateness of this report, unfortunately I was away for a few days and didn't get time to do it.

RCA travelled to Shildon‘s Dean Street ground for their twice postponed Ebac Northern League Division 1 match and came away with nothing but a lesson in direct forward play.

Gee Errington took charge of the team in the absence of Martin Swales, Larkin was unavailable and Armstrong was rested after suffering a dead leg in the match against Ashington. That meant Bythway and Brown partnered in the centre of the defence with Preston moved up front again to partner Callen.

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Ashington AFC 1 Sunderland RCA FC 0

RCA left back Paul Weldon stops a cross from the Ashinton winger in the first half of the match.

Saturday, 14 February 2015

EBAC Northern League Division 1

Goalscorers: Ashington AFC: Oliver,   SRCA: None.

Please click here for some match photos.

Woodhorn Lane is never an easy place to visit and today was made all the more difficult with the appointment, at the beginning of the week, of Stephen Harmiston as manager. There was certainly a buzz about the place and it was obvious that the players were up for the game.

RCA made one change, recalling Weldon at left back to replace Richardson.

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Sunderland RCA FC 1 Bishop Auckland FC 0

RCA goal scorer Stephen Callen makes a trademark forceful attack in the first half of the match.

Saturday, 7 February 2015

EBAC Northern League Division 1

Scorers: SRCA: Callen,    Bishops: None.

Please click here for photos from the match.

Please click here for photos by Peter Jackson.

Once again RCA were playing at the Nissan Sports Complex as the problems surrounding RCA’s pitch continue.

RCA were forced to make changes to the team who played so well against today’s opponents 10 days ago, with both Bythway and Weldon unavailable the management team re-shuffled the team, Preston moved to the heart of the defence and Richardson was brought in at left back. Callen was recalled to partner Larkin up front.

For their part Bishops had both Pocklington and Tarling returning after suspension.

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View from the Cemetery - February 2015

Very good win down at Bishops, and an encouraging display I hear. Overall one of our lucky opponents Bishops, get a fair number of results against them, much to the disgust of some of their loyal supporters it must be said. Great weeping and wailing through the match and afterwards from one or two local gentlemen, after some premature celebration when Bishops took the lead, and quite an amount of noise on the web. But it definitely shows they care, and there are plenty of them.

Not my business of course, but they always look to me like a steadily run club, not taking chances or spending money they haven't got. Much like our own little club indeed, though on a bigger scale. Makes you think about our place in things.

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