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Sunderland RCA 4 Tadcaster Albion 0

Submitted by Rob Jones on Wednesday, 16 December 2015
Tuesday, 15 December 2015 - 7:45pm
The Buildbase FA Vase

Hat trick hit man Colin Larkin in early action.

Goalscorers: SRCA:  Larkin (3), Charlton.  Tadcaster: none.

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Please click here for Tadcaster Albon's match report.

After the disappointment of having the match postponed on Saturday due to the freak weather conditions which saw the pitch flooded inside 90 minutes and then a heavy snowfall compound the problems for the rest of the day it was left to the ground staff to try and get the pitch into a playable condition for tonight’s match.

They were rewarded when the match referee Mrs Lucy Oliver declared the game on.

The management team had a number of problems the main ones being the injury to Drysdale which will keep him out of the team for the rest of the season, the suspension of McNab and also the fact that both Pounder and Lane are cup-tied. The good news was the return of Club Captain Clayton Davis who passed a late fitness test and took his place at right back. Harkess replaced Talbot in goal, Hatch returned to take the place of Drysdale and Charlton also returning from injury to replaced Melvin.

Before the game the questions being asked were “How will the team respond to the defeat at West Auckland?”, “How would they play against a team in Tadcaster Albion who are riding on the crest of a wave at the moment table topping their league and beating their nearest rivals 4 – 1 in the last round of the Vase?” and “Will the rain hold off until full time?”

West Auckland Town 2 Sunderland RCA 1

Submitted by Rob Jones on Monday, 30 November 2015
Saturday, 28 November 2015 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1

RCA captain Reece Noble is tracked by West's ex-RCA man Mark Hudson.

Goalscoreres:  West:  Oldfield, OG:   SRCA:  Proctor.

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RCA travelled to West Auckland Town for their EBAC Northern League match and looking to extend their unbeaten league run to 12.

After a torrential downpour the referee declared the pitch fit to play.

The management team made only one change to the starting eleven with James Talbot, back from International duty in Irelend, preferred in goal to James Harkess.

Hemsworth MW 1 Sunderland RCA 5

Submitted by Rob Jones on Monday, 23 November 2015
Saturday, 21 November 2015 - 3:00pm
The Buildbase FA Vase

Colin Larkin scores his second goal in the first half of the match.

Goal Scorers: Hemsworth: Jones. SRCA: Larkin (3), Callen, Gordon.

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Please click here for the blog of the day from We All Stand Together.

RCA travelled to West Yorkshire for this FA Vase 2nd round match against Hemsworth Miners Welfare who are currently top of the Toolstation NCEL Division One with only one defeat all season.

After an early morning pitch inspection the game was declared on. There was little for the management team to think about in terms of team selection with only Davis and Hughes on the injury list and Pounder, Lane and Talbot cup tied, the squad was enhanced when Armstrong passed a late fitness test.

The talk in the clubhouse before the game revolved around Colin Larkin and the Wolverhampton pennant with his name on, there were also two Wolves supporters who had travelled up to see him play (He didn't disappoint).

Sunderland RCA 2 Whitley Bay 1

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 15 November 2015
Saturday, 14 November 2015 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1

RCA's first goal scorer Stephen Callen makes a surging run.

Goalscorers: SRCA: Callen, Larkin. Whitley Bay: Hughes

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The threatened overnight rainfall did not materialise and so the pitch was passed fit to play.

The RCA management’s selection problems for this match were very different to recent weeks, this week there was a full squad to choose from save for the two long term injuries to Davis and Armstrong, both of whom are progressing well.

Into the starting eleven came Harkess for Talbot (on international duty in Ireland), Noble returned in place of Hope and McNab came in for Lane.

Whitley Bay, who are an improving side, made a number of changes to the team that won at our neighbours RCW in mid-week.

Bedlington Terriers 2 Sunderland RCA 2

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 8 November 2015
Saturday, 7 November 2015 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1

RCA's Luke Richardson competes for the ball.

Goal Scorers: Terriers:  Stephenson, Benjamin:  SRCA:  Melvin, Pounder.

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After a 12 o'clock inspection deemed the pitch playable, RCA travelled to bottom club Bedlington Terriers in an effort to extend their amazing 13 match unbeaten run.

There were three changes to the team which defeated Silsden in last week's FA Vase match. In came Talbot, Lane and Hope. to replace Harkess, McNab and Noble.

Silsden 2 Sunderland RCA 4

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 1 November 2015
Saturday, 31 October 2015 - 3:00pm
The Buildbase FA Vase

RCA left back Ross McNab holds his position in readiness for winning a high ball.

Goalscorers: Silsden, Wademan, Ndlovu:  SRCA: Proctor (2), Larkin (2).

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Please click here for the Silsden AFC match report.

We All Stand Together - a blogger's view of the day.

RCA made the trip to Silsden in West Yorkshire for this FA Vase first round tie.  

The management team, as expected, made changes to the team who performed so heroically on Tuesday in progressing to the next round of the Durham Challenge cup against Dunston UTS.

In came Harkess, Buchanan, Noble, Proctor, Richardson and ater a late fitness test Gordon was also declared fit and took his place in the starting eleven as RCA looked to extend their unbeaten run to 13.

After the rain of the last few days, the pitch looked in remarkably good condition, although it was sodden in places.

Dunston UTS 2 Sunderland RCA 3

Submitted by Rob Jones on Wednesday, 28 October 2015
Tuesday, 27 October 2015 - 7:30pm
Durham County FA Challenge Cup

Dunston's former RCA man Gary Shaw sees the ball out under pressure from Michael Charlton.

Goalscorers: SRCA: Byrne, Callen, Larkin, DUTS: Shaw, Richardson.

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This Durham Challenge Cup tie against Dunston UTS provided the management team with a chance to assess the fitness of a number of first team players returning from long term injuries. Once again they had a squad of 18 to choose from and after a long discussion made seven changes to the team who drew 2 – 2 with Durham City on Saturday. Into the team came Carr, Byrne, Drysdale, Brown, Hope, Scott and Larkin with Armstrong and Powell also added to the bench.

Tonight was also an opportunity for the team to equal the club’s record of 12 games undefeated while in the first division of the Northern League, the 11 already played is a fantastic achievement for such a young team, but shows what can be achieved with team spirit.

Sunderland RCA 2 Durham City 2

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 25 October 2015
Saturday, 24 October 2015 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1

RCA's Joey Melvin is outnumbered in a race for the ball.

Goalscorers: SRCA:  Charlton, Callen.  Durham: Archer, Fairley

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RCA welcomed Durham City to Meadow Park for this re-scheduled match. Due to the ongoing problems at New Ferens Park RCA agreed to swap the fixture. More on the Durham situation will emerge in the coming days, but we wish them well in whatever they decide.  

The management team were forced to make one change to the team that defeated Washington last week. Luke Richardson was brought in to replace the injured Clayton Davis at right back. After the injury crisis of late it was a pleasant surprise to see 21 players at the ground fully fit and raring to go; some disappointed faces, but still a good team spirit amongst all of them.

Sunderland RCA 4 Washington 2

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 18 October 2015
Saturday, 17 October 2015 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1

RCA's Kevin Gordon feels the powerful presence of Washington’s former RCA defender Adam McGuinness. Eight of the Washington line up are former RCA players.

Goalscorers: SRCA: Charlton (2) Melvin, Drysdale. Washington: Okus, Davison

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RCA welcomed Washington to Meadow Park for this EBAC Northern League clash, the visitors, so far unbeaten in the League, boasted no fewer than eight ex-RCA players in their squad.

With more injury worries surrounding James Armstrong, the management team decided to give new signing Glen Lane his RCA debut. Other than that change the team remained the same as for the mid-week victory against Marske. However the bench looked a lot stronger than of late with the return of Harkess, Drysdale and Scott to add to Carr and Richardson.

Sunderland RCA 1 Marske United 0

Submitted by Rob Jones on Thursday, 15 October 2015
Tuesday, 13 October 2015 - 7:30pm
Northern League 1

Stephen Callen heads home RCA's winning goal.

Goalscorer: SRCA Callen, Marske: none

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RCA entertained Ebac Northern League champions Marske United at Meadow Park in what was expected to be a keenly fought contest, Marske lying fifth in the league with only two defeats in 11 games and RCA on an eight game unbeaten run.

The management team recalled James Talbot into the starting eleven after his exploits in Ireland against the Ukraine, to replace Jordan Harkess who had work commitments. They also brought in Luke Richardson for the injured James Armstrong.