Nathan O'Neill

Nathan O'Neill, scorer of RCA's opening goal in the 4-0 home win over previously unbeaten Hebburn Town on 22 September, in second half action.

Welcome to Sunderland RCA

Sunderland RCA play at Meadow Park, Ryhope in the Northern League Division 1. We also play in the Sunderland Sunday League Premier Division.

Value for money and excitement with the Northern League Division 1 at Meadow Park. The standard admission prices for highly competitive Northern League football are £6.00 and £4.00 for concessions. Non-standard prices may apply to particular games and will be announced in advance. Season tickets are £70 and £50 concessions, unchanged from last season, but please note that, because of changes in FA rules, these no longer include FA Cup and FA Vase games. Sunderland RCA is a family friendly club: new fans and spectators are always welcome and entry for accompanied children is free.

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Sunderland RCA 4 Hebburn Town 0

Submitted by Colin Wilson on Monday, 24 September 2018
Saturday, 22 September 2018 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1
Alex Ramshaw

Alex Ramshaw readies himself to shoot late in the second half of the match.

Sunderland RCA: Tsapalos; Lilley, Swansbury, Preston, McNab; C. Davis, Elliott, Page, Ramshaw; O’Neill, Moan. Subs Armstrong, K. Davis, Robinson, Richardson, Kokoska

Hebburn Town: Hubery; Groves, Wallace, Kerr, Storey; Tumilty, Fairley, Stephenson, Dibb-Fuller; Armstrong, Richardson. Subs Spence, Jennison (GK), Sullivan, Gilhespy, Shaw

This looked like a real good game in prospect, as the resurgent Hebburn Town, just off the top of the table at this early stage in their first season back in the First Division, came to Meadow Park to meet an in form, but still a bit disrupted RCA, who had secured two top notch away wins in the last ten days. RCA went into the fixture with Craig Hodgson serving the last game of his suspension, Michael Charlton missing with a injury picked up last week, Mark Davison, Scott Pocklington, Jonny Davis and John Jury unavailable, and Steve Callen now looking like a long term absentee with his stomach muscle problem. On the positive side, Nathan O’Neill, Dylan Elliott, and James Armstrong were back and available as was young Sam Robinson and new signings Kyle Davis and goalkeeper Dimitrios Tsapalos. So a number of changes in the team and on the bench were to be expected, and RCA fans were entitled to be a little nervous as to how things would work out, on a beautiful day in sunny Ryhope.

Mark's message

Submitted by Mark Cowan on Saturday, 22 September 2018

Where do I start? After a bit of an indifferent start to the season, we look like we have finally turned the corner. Some great results over the past seven games and one not so good!

Beating our neighbours Seaham 5-0 away, beating Ashington with 10 men, a ‘blip’ in the FA Cup against Clitheroe - a game we should’ve won - but for me, the turning point was the game against West Auckland. Going to their place midweek, with six or seven players missing and digging in against a top side in the league, was a massive boost for us. Followed by the great win on Saturday against Benfield, showed the character of everyone involved. From a poor first half we came out and got the win, which was fully deserved. Got to say, a lot of credit must go to Gee, who is unbelievable at getting a reaction out of the lads.

It’s been hard for us lately, with players being injured, suspended or unavailable, but you’ve got to give credit to the whole squad. Players have come in, and not just ‘done a job’, they’ve been excellent. It was hard to leave young Sam Lilley out of the starting 11 on Saturday, and something I wasn’t looking forward to telling him, as he’s been fantastic for us lately. Obviously, Sam was disappointed but took it on the chin and took his chance when he came on. Both Sam and Dom (Moan) have been top draw since coming to the club and will be top, top players over the next few years. Good signings, again, credit to Gee for that.

View from the cemetery - September 2018 - 2

Submitted by Ghostly Gadgie on Saturday, 22 September 2018

Very good couple of away wins, after the disappointment of losing to Clitheroe. I thought we certainly should have won it, although they did score a couple of corkers to be fair. We seem a bit fated over the last few years to lose these big cup games narrowly, Bristol Manor Farm, Newport Pagnell, Runcorn Linnets, and now Clitheroe to add to the list. Never mind, we have had some great days home and away as well, including against Bridlington, and here we go again with a home draw against them in the Vase. 2-1 to us in recent years I think, no doubt El Queso Grande will put me right if I’m wrong. Anyway back to the league games. Away wins at West Auckland and Benfield in the space of a few days, you would always take that, and with a unsettled side as well. Most pleasing thing for a lot of people has been the promise of the new young players in this first few weeks of the season. Dom Moan, Sam Lilley and Alex Ramshaw have all done well when called on, which is good for the future, and there are a couple more in the pipeline I am informed. The new link up with the College will hopefully bear some fruit in coming seasons, might be worth nipping along to Meadow Park on a few Wednesday afternoons if you fancy yourself as a good judge of young talent. Ryhope needs a Simon Cowell.

The NL League table has a funny look to it nowadays. Not so much Hebburn at the top, although their progress is remarkable, but just because it looks so short; it's amazing how big a difference eighteen teams is to twenty two. There is comfort in numbers it seems. You look a lot closer to the top if you win a couple, but the bottom is never far away. Should keep everybody’s mind on the job, steady as she goes. The FA have released some more details of the re-organisation, in this case mostly as far as the South West is concerned, but people will be reading between the lines to see what it might mean for the likes of us. I saw someone posted what a potential combined NL/Evostik North East level four league might look like on nonleaguezone, made for interesting reading, but it maybe well wide of the mark. Who knows what our gaffers are thinking? Ours not to reason why.

RCA draw Bridlington at home in The Buildbase FA Vase

Submitted by Tim Robinson on Monday, 17 September 2018

We have a home draw in the First Round Proper of this year's The Buildbase FA Vase. We play Bridlington at Meadow Park on Saturday, 13 October with a three o'clock kick off.

The tie renews recent acquaintances. On 3 October 2015 we beat Bridlington 3-2 at home in the same stage of the competition. Two years earlier the Yorkshire club beat us 2-0 at their ground.

Newcastle Benfield 1 Sunderland RCA 3

Submitted by Simon Mears on Sunday, 16 September 2018
Saturday, 15 September 2018 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1

Double scorer Dominic Moan chases a through ball during the second half of the match.

For more photos from the match please click here.

For Newcastle Benfield's match report please click here.

Goal scorers - Newcastle Benfield: Scott. RCA: Ramshaw; Moan (2).

After good wins at West Auckland Town in the Northern League on Tuesday and the friendly at home to Carlisle United under 19s on Thursday, Sunderland RCA travelled to Newcastle Benfield this afternoon looking for a third victory of the week.

RCA made four changes to the side that won at West Auckland Town on Tuesday - in came Clayton Davis, Ross McNab, John Jury and Alex Ramshaw, for Sam Lilley, Jordan Watson (who had returned to Blyth Spartans after an excellent month on loan), Nathan O'Neill and Colin Larkin.

The two sides lined up as follows:

Newcastle Benfield: Grainger; Evans; Martin; Slaughter; Turnbull (c); Grieve; Orrell; Robson; Knight; Robinson; Scott.

Sunderland RCA: Pocklington; Clayton Davis; McNab; Preston; Swansbury (c); Jury; Charlton; Page; Davison; Moan; Ramshaw. Subs: Lilley; Kokoska; Richardson; Limbo; Robinson.

Sunderland RCA 2 Carlisle United U19s 0

Submitted by Simon Mears on Thursday, 13 September 2018
Thursday, 13 September 2018 - 7:30pm

Dimitri Limbo gave RCA an early lead with a good finish.

For more photos from the match please click here.

Sunderland RCA welcomed Carlisle United under 19s to Meadow Park for tonight's friendly.

RCA lined up as follows: Kokoska; Richardson; McNab; Preston; Lilley; Larkin; Clayton Davis; O'Neill; Robinson; Kyle Davis; Limbo.

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