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Sunderland RCA 4 Shildon 6

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 30 August 2015
Saturday, 29 August 2015 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1

James Armstrong clears the ball ahead of ex-RCA man Kyle Fryatt. Photograph: Simon Mears.

Goalscorers: SRCA: Hughes, Callen, Davis, Charlton:   Shildon: Gruelich-Smith (2), Donniger (2), Fryatt, Connor.

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Please click here for Shildon AFC TV match video.

The visitors to Meadow Park today were table topping Shildon boasting an unbeaten League record and without conceeding a goal in the process.

RCA made three changes to the team who won at West Allotment Celtic on Wednesday. Hatch came in at centre half for Byrne, Jury returned replacing Brown and Hughes was preferred to Ryan Noble up front as RCA reverted to a 4-4-2 formation.

West Allotment Celtic 3 Sunderland RCA 5

Submitted by Rob Jones on Thursday, 27 August 2015
Wednesday, 26 August 2015 - 7:30am
Northern League 1

Captain Marvel: Clayton Davis rounded off a trademark dynamic display with a well deserved hat trick.

Goalscorers: WAC: Pearson (2), Lee: SRCA: Davis (3), Hope, Callen.

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The management team made wholesale changes to the starting eleven for the visit to the Blue Flames Stadium.

The team was Morris, Reece Noble, Armstrong, Buchanan, Byrne, Proctor, Davis, Brown, Callen, Ryan Noble, Hope: Subs: Jury, Drysdale, Carr, Hughes, Richardson.

Jarrow Roofing BCA 2 Sunderland RCA 2

Submitted by Rob Jones on Monday, 24 August 2015
Saturday, 22 August 2015 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1

Goalscorers: Roofing: Campbell, Gordon.    SRCA: Proctor (2)

After the disappointment of going out of the FA Cup in injury time at Guisborough in mid week the management team made a number of changes to the team. Wayne Buchanan, transferred from South Shields, was brought in for his debut replacing the unavailable Byrne, Brown replaced Hope and Charlton came in for Hughes. On the bench were new signings Ryan Noble and Ross McNab.

Guisborough Town 3 Sunderland RCA 2

Submitted by Rob Jones on Thursday, 20 August 2015
Wednesday, 19 August 2015 - 7:45pm
FA Cup

Goalscorers: SRCA: Hope, Drysdale, Guisborough: Earl, Round, Snaith.

SRCA continued with injury problems before this FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round replay with Harkess pulling up in the warm up, replaced by Morris, Hatch failed a fitness test to start and went on the bench, however Larkin returned and the manager gave a Cliff Byrne his debut. Charlton and Brown were unavailable from Saturday's team.

Sunderland RCA 4 Guisborough Town 4

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 16 August 2015
Saturday, 15 August 2015 - 3:00pm
FA Cup

Goalscorers: SRCA: Proctor, Charlton, Hope, Callen.   Guisborough: Earl (2), Steel, Helm.

The injury crisis at RCA was somewhat removed with the return of Harkess, Drysdale and Coe.  Armstrong and Hughes had also shrugged off niggling little injuries, leaving only Larkin and Hatch on the injury list.

The game started in beautiful sunshine and although RCA started brightly they found it difficult to break down Guisborough's well organised defence and it was the visitors who almost opened the scoring in the fifth minute when a freekick from Bettson was not caught cleanly by Harkess and fell to Earl; fortunately for RCA the offside flag had been raised.

Dunston UTS 4 Sunderland RCA 0

Submitted by Rob Jones on Wednesday, 12 August 2015
Tuesday, 11 August 2015 - 7:30pm
Northern League 1

Dunston attack in the second half of the match.

Goalscorers: SRCA: none,      Dunston: Richardson (2), Morien, Smith.

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Please click here for Dunston's match report.

The injury problems continued for RCA ahead of this match, with Drysdale still out with an ankle injury, Larkin failed a fitness test and was replaced by Hope and although Harkess was declared fit Morris retained the number 1 Jersey.

It's a difficult enough task to select a starting eleven with a fully fit squad, but the management team at RCA at the moment are making selections based on who turns up fit on the day.

Sunderland RCA 0 Consett 2

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 9 August 2015
Saturday, 8 August 2015 - 1:00am
Northern League 1

Goalscorers: SRCA: None   Consett:  Sweet, Sullivan.

After a hectic pre season by our standards, eight matches, seven wins and only one defeat the management team had difficult choices to make in picking the starting eleven for the first game of the season against a highly fancied Consett AFC outfit.

Problems arose during the warm up when Adam Drysdale pulled up with a problem with his ankle, a reaction to an injury sustained in Wednesday's friendly. Liam Hatch replaced him and Jonathan Carr was promoted to the bench.

Sunderland RCA 4 AFC Newbiggin 1

Submitted by Rob Jones on Thursday, 6 August 2015
Wednesday, 5 August 2015 - 1:00am
Friendly

Goalscorers: SRCA: Hughes (2), Hope, Horsley.   AFC Newbiggin: not known.

This was a hastily arranged friendly, after Cramlington FC pulled out of the match scheduled for Tuesday as they only had seven fit players.

Newbiggin of the Northern Alliance came with a game plan: to disrupt the flowing, passing game of RCA and they did a very good job of doing so in the first half.

Sunderland RCA 2 Ryhope CW 1

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 2 August 2015
Saturday, 1 August 2015 - 1:00am
Allan Thompson Memorial Cup

RCA forward Joseph Hughes has the ball cleared from under him in the second half of the match.

Goalscorers: SRCA: Proctor, Charlton:   RCW: Pounder.

With a week to go before the start of the season both managers put out strong looking teams, although there were few absences through injury and holiday, but as Allan Thompson always said,"It's not about the players who are not here, it is about the players on the pitch."

A decent crowd welcomed the teams for the start of the game and it wasn't long before they were treated to a piece of audacious skill from Luke Proctor, picking the ball up on the halfway line, he lobbed the ball, fully 45 yards, over the head of Rookes in the CW goal and into the net. Six minutes gone and 1-0 to RCA.

This set the game up and both teams responded with flowing end-to-end football which produced a number of half chances which went begging and so, unbelievably it remained 1-0 at half time.

Seaham Red Star Reserves 2 Sunderland RCA 6

Submitted by Rob Jones on Thursday, 30 July 2015
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 - 1:00am
Friendly

Goalscorers: SRCA: Thompson (2), Hope, Hughes, Armstrong, Noble        SRS res. Not Known

RCA continued their impressive pre season goalscoring record against a very impressive Seaham Red Star Res side.

In a fairly even first half Red Star had the better of the possession and also probably the better chances although RCA did have a shout for a penalty which was deemed to be outside the box.

Red Star took the lead on the stroke of half time when a long ball forward was brought down  and lobbed over the keepers head by the Star's centre forward.

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