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Consett 0 Sunderland RCA 5

Submitted by Simon Mears on Sunday, 23 April 2017
Saturday, 22 April 2017 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1

RCA's hat-trick hero John Butler in acrobatic action. Photograph: Simon Mears.

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Goal scorers - RCA: Callen (2); Butler (3).

Sunderland RCA travelled to Consett today for our final away fixture of the season. Consett - currently sitting in 7th position in the table with 65 points - had a good win 4-0 at home to Penrith on Easter Monday, but lost 6-3 at Shildon last Saturday.

After an 11 day break, RCA were looking to bounce back from successive defeats to Marske United and Jarrow Roofing.

Interestingly, for fellow statisticians, in RCA’s 40 matches in the league so far this season, the points total of 54 is equally split, with 27 points gained both at home and on the road.

The reverse fixture, back in November at Meadow Park, was an epic 3-3 draw in a match that swung back and forth.

RCA made one change to the side that lost to Jarrow Roofing - Craig Hubbard replaced Ross Preston, with Colin Larkin moving into the centre of defence to partner Greg Swansbury.

The two sides lined up as follows:

Consett: Coombe; Knowles; Lavery; McKinnon; Kay; Ryder; Teasdale; Craggs (c); Sweet; Sullivan; Slocombe.

RCA: Carmichael; Noble; McGuinness; Larkin; Swansbury (c); Hubbard; Charlton; Armstrong; Butler; Callen; Cassidy.

Sunderland RCA 1 Jarrow Roofing BCA 3

Submitted by Simon Mears on Wednesday, 12 April 2017
Tuesday, 11 April 2017 - 7:30pm
Northern League 1

Michael Charlton keeps up the pressure during the second half of the match. Photograph: Simon Mears.

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Goal scorers - RCA: Callen. Jarrow Roofing: Knight; MacKay (2).

Sunderland RCA welcomed Jarrow Roofing BCA to Meadow Park for our penultimate home game of the season.

RCA are currently on a five-match lose-win sequence after narrowly losing to Marske United on Saturday after an excellent second half showing.

Jarrow - currently sitting in 15th place in the table with 45 points - played their final home match of the season on Saturday and earned an excellent 1-1 draw with Shildon.

Back in September, the reverse fixture was settled by a single Paul Chow goal late in the match, despite RCA playing the majority of the second half with nine men - after two straight red cards for violent conduct.

RCA named the same side that lost to Marske United on Saturday.

The two sides lined up as follows:

RCA: Carmichael; Noble; McGuinness; Preston; Swansbury (c); Armstrong; Charlton; Larkin; Butler; Callen; Cassidy.

Jarrow: Brass; Varga; Burton; Marshall; Toward; Smith; Kerr; Vipond (c); Winn; Knight; Chow.

Marske United 3 Sunderland RCA 2

Submitted by Simon Mears on Sunday, 9 April 2017
Saturday, 8 April 2017 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1

RCA substitute Craig Hubbard fires in a shot during the second half of the match. Photograph: Simon Mears.

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Goal scorers - Marske: Aaron Ramsbottom; Kelly; Earl. RCA: Butler; Swansbury.

Sunderland RCA were back on the road today with a trip to Marske United. This was the third occasion that the sides had met this season, with Marske winning the previous two encounters at Meadow Park by the same scoreline, 4-2. Going into the match, Marske have a good, but by no means invincible, record at home - winning ten and losing seven of their 19 home games played.

RCA, meanwhile, enjoyed a remarkable club-record win, 10-1, at Washington last Saturday and would be looking to keep the momentum going as the season draws to a close.

RCA made one change to the side that thrashed Washington last Saturday, with Jonathan Carmichael replacing Neal Bussey in goal.

The two sides lined up as follows:

Marske: Dean; Bell; O’Sullivan; Butterworth; Andrew Ramsbottom; Wheatley; Bulmer; Gott; Earl; Aaron Ramsbottom; Kelly.

RCA: Carmichael; Noble; McGuinness; Preston; Swansbury (c); Armstrong; Charlton; Larkin; Butler; Callen; Cassidy.

Washington 1 Sunderland RCA 10

Submitted by Simon Mears on Sunday, 2 April 2017
Saturday, 1 April 2017 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1

John Butler returned to Washington and scored two of RCA's ten goals. Photograph: Simon Mears.

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Goal scorers: Washington: Laws. RCA: Armstrong; Butler (2); Callen (2); Charlton (2); Larkin; Stewart; Swansbury.

Less than 48 hours after the epic encounter with South Shields on Thursday evening, and Sunderland RCA were back in action with a trip to Washington.

Having looked comfortable in the table a couple of months ago, Washington will now be nervously looking over their shoulders after losing their last four matches and Guisborough recording back-to-back victories.

RCA made two changes to the side that lost to South Shields on Thursday. Jonathan Carmichael and Luke Richardson - who were both injured on Thursday - were replaced by Neal Bussey and Reece Noble.

The sides lined up as follows:

Washington: Gladstone; Evans; Weldon; Day; Bramley; White; Fowler; Laws; Waters (c); Pickard; Williamson.

RCA: Bussey; Noble; McGuinness; Preston; Swansbury (c); Armstrong; Charlton; Larkin; Butler; Callen; Cassidy.

Sunderland RCA 1 South Shields 2

Submitted by Simon Mears on Friday, 31 March 2017
Thursday, 30 March 2017 - 7:30pm
Northern League 1

Stephen Callen on the ball in front of a bumper crowd at Meadow Park. Photograph: Simon Mears.

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Video highlights from the game from South Shields.

Interview with Julio Arca.

SportsByte match report.

Goal scorers - RCA: Preston. South Shields: Arca; Cogdon.

Sunderland RCA welcomed FA Vase finalists South Shields to Meadow Park for this rearranged Northern League Division One match.

The rags to riches story of Shields is well-documented: just a couple of years ago they were playing at Peterlee in front of a few dozen fans. And now - rightly back in the town - Shields have been regularly pulling in crowds in excess of one thousand all season, including a magnificent sell-out crowd of 3,161 as they demolished Newport Pagnell Town in the FA Vase Quarter Final - an irony not lost on all at RCA as we were beaten by Newport in the Fifth Round after missing a whole host of chances to finish off the tie, losing in extra-time, and missing out on a bumper pay day and setting up a potentially fascinating all-Northern League Quarter Final. Since then, Shields have, of course, gone on to reach the final at Wembley and are still, incredibly, chasing an unprecedented quadruple - with finals also to come in the Durham County Challenge and League Cups. Furthermore, after Shildon’s victory over North Shields last Saturday, the League title is also now back in South Shields’ hands - North and South Shields meet on April 8th in what may well turn out to be a title-decider.

RCA had a very good win at Seaham Red Star last Saturday and have recovered well since the immense disappointment of going out of the Vase - notwithstanding the odd blip at Newcastle Benfield.

Shields took their incredible winning run to 27 matches on Tuesday evening with a 4-0 victory over Newton Aycliffe.

Back in October, in the reverse fixture, RCA took a deserved 2-0 lead at Mariners Park as Shields were reduced to 10-men after a foul lead to RCA’s second goal - with only 20 minutes of the match remaining. Shields, however, threw everything at RCA in the latter stages and grabbed a late equaliser through a brilliant Julio Arca strike.

RCA had the rare opportunity to name the same XI that started the previous match at Seaham Red Star.

The two sides lined up as follows:

RCA: Carmichael; Richardson; McGuinness; Preston; Swansbury (c); Armstrong; Charlton; Larkin; Butler; Callen; Cassidy.

South Shields: Jameson; Baxter; Lough; Storey; Morse; Shaw (c); Nicholson; Phillips; Cogdon; Stephenson; Finnigan.

Seaham Red Star 0 Sunderland RCA 2

Submitted by Simon Mears on Sunday, 26 March 2017
Saturday, 25 March 2017 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1

Michael Charlton fires in the shot that lead to James Cassidy opening the scoring. Photograph: Simon Mears.

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Goal scorers - RCA: Cassidy; Larkin.

Following Wednesday’s dismal trip to Newcastle Benfield, Sunderland RCA were again on their travels - making the short trip to Seaham Red Star. This match was the third in a series of three matches against clubs around us in the table. Following a goalless draw with Newton Aycliffe, RCA were hammered by Newcastle Benfield on Wednesday - so would be looking for a win to get back on track.

The reverse fixture finished in a 1-1 draw at Meadow Park back in October.

RCA made just one change to the side that lost heavily at Newcastle Benfield, with Michael Charlton replacing Craig Hubbard.

The two sides lined up as follows:

Seaham: Newbrook (c); Walker; Price; Johnston; Goodman; Galbraith; Kane; Hodgson; Lynch; Proctor; Bird.

RCA: Carmichael; Richardson; McGuinness; Preston; Swansbury (c); Armstrong; Charlton; Larkin; Butler; Callen; Cassidy.

Newcastle Benfield 6 Sunderland RCA 0

Submitted by Simon Mears on Thursday, 23 March 2017
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 - 7:30pm
Northern League 1

RCA's Ross Preston defends Benfield's John Campbell in the second half of the match. Photograph: Simon Mears.

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Goal scorers - Benfield: Campbell (5); McEvoy.

Sunderland RCA travelled to Newcastle Benfield this evening for another rearranged Northern League fixture. The original match, on January 14th, was abandoned after 21 minutes due to a part of the pitch being frozen. RCA had weathered early pressure from the home side to take the lead in the ninth minute with a well-worked goal from Stephen Callen. Michael Charlton hit the post with a lovely chip, and then, shortly after, the captains gathered with the referee over the part of the pitch that was causing concern and it was handshakes all round - match abandoned.

The two clubs have remarkably similar records so far this season: Both have 48 points, made up of 13 wins and nine draws. RCA have a game in hand, but Benfield have a superior goal-difference.

Benfield were worthy winners, 3-1, in the reverse fixture at Meadow Park back in September - although the RCA side was severely depleted that night.

RCA made two changes to the side that drew nil-nil with Newton Aycliffe on Saturday - Craig Hodgson and Michael Charlton were both ruled out injured and were replaced by James Armstrong and James Cassidy.

The sides lined up as follows:

Benfield: Grainger; Turnbull (c); Dummett; McArdle; Tobin; Scorbie; McCarthy; McEvoy; Brayson; Campbell; Cornish.

RCA: Carmichael; Richardson; McGuinness; Preston; Swansbury (c); Armstrong; Cassidy; Hubbard; Butler; Larkin; Callen.

Sunderland RCA o Newton Aycliffe 0

Submitted by Simon Mears on Sunday, 19 March 2017
Saturday, 18 March 2017 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1

Captains' challenge: RCA captain Greg Swansbury and Newton Aycliffe captain Jamie Owens compete for the ball. Photograph: Simon Mears.

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Sunderland RCA welcomed Newton Aycliffe to Meadow Park for this mid table Northern League match. A win for RCA would close the gap on the sides immediately above as the push for a top ten place continues. A win for Aycliffe, however, would open up a comfortable lead over their hosts. So a real mid table six-pointer to look forward to.

RCA won the reverse fixture 3-2 at Moore Lane in my result, if not performance, of the season - from being 2-0 down after 65 minutes, RCA fought back with three second half goals in ten minutes to win the match.

RCA made just one change to the side that pushed Morpeth Town all the way on Wednesday evening. Reece Noble - injured early on at Morpeth - was ruled out and replaced by Luke Richardson.

The two teams lined up as follows:

RCA: Carmichael; Richardson; McGuinness; Preston; Swansbury (c); Hodgson; Charlton; Hubbard; Butler; Larkin; Callen.

Newton Aycliffe: Pentony; Lovegreen; Howes; Brown; Browne; Mitton; Banks; Trotter; Costello; Owens (c); Gray.

Prior to kick-off there was an impeccably observed minute’s silence in memory of RCA fan Alf Gibbons, who sadly passed away shortly after our home game with Whitley Bay on December 17th.

Morpeth Town 3 Sunderland RCA 2

Submitted by Simon Mears on Thursday, 16 March 2017
Wednesday, 15 March 2017 - 7:30pm
Northern League 1

Luke Richardson shields the ball from former RCA favourite Joe Walton. Photograph: Simon Mears.

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Goal scorers - Morpeth: Graydon (pen); Morris; Walton. RCA: Callen; Larkin (pen).

Sunderland RCA made the trip to current FA Vase holders Morpeth Town for this rearranged Northern League fixture. RCA are currently on a mini-unbeaten run of three matches - with a draw and two wins.

This season Morpeth have been formidable at home in the League - winning 14 of their 15 matches at Craik Park. Only South Shields have taken points courtesy of a 4-0 win.

RCA made one change to the side that won impressively at Bishop Auckland on Saturday. Recent signing Craig Hubbard was given a full debut after coming off the bench on Saturday, replacing Jonathan Davis in midfield.

The two sides lined up as follows:

Morpeth Town: Dryden; Forster; Novak; Sayer; Reid; Turner; Taylor; Graydon (c); Walton; Henderson; Morris.

RCA: Carmichael; Noble; McGuinness; Preston; Swansbury (c); Hodgson; Charlton; Hubbard; Butler; Larkin; Callen.

Bishop Auckland 1 Sunderland RCA 2

Submitted by Simon Mears on Sunday, 12 March 2017
Saturday, 11 March 2017 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1

Goal scorer Stephen Callen clears the ball under pressure from former RCA player Stuart Thompson. Photograph: Simon Mears.

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Goal scorers - Bishop Auckland: Bennett. RCA: Butler; Callen.

Following the postponement of consecutive home matches against Penrith and South Shields last week, Sunderland RCA were back in action today with a trip to Bishop Auckland.

Both sides had a win and a draw in their previous two matches - RCA drew with Chester-le-Street and beat West Allotment Celtic a fortnight ago. Bishops, meanwhile, beat Seaham Red Star 3-0 at Heritage Park and drew 1-1 with Ryhope Colliery Welfare last time out.

RCA made three changes to the side that won at West Allotment Celtic a fortnight ago. Jonathan Carmichael returned in goal in place of Neal Bussey and Michael Charlton and Jonathan Davis were back in midfield replacing Brad Wilson and James Cassidy, who took a place on the bench.

The sides lined up as follows:

Bishop Auckland: Dawson; Thompson; Hoganson; Colquhoun (c); Madden; Griffiths; Williamson; Bennett; Johnson; Ward; Smith.

RCA: Carmichael; Noble; McGuinness; Preston; Swansbury (c); Hodgson; Charlton; Davis; Butler; Larkin; Callen.

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