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Sunderland RCA 2 Whitley Bay 0

Submitted by Simon Mears on Sunday, 18 December 2016
Saturday, 17 December 2016 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1

Stephen Callen at full pelt on his way to opening the scoring against Whitley Bay. Photograph: Simon Mears.

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RCA goal scorers: Callen; Robinson.

Sunderland RCA welcomed Whitley Bay to Meadow Park for an important mid-table clash - with both sides looking for a win to push towards the upper echelons of the table. Last season RCA ‘did the double’ over Bay in the league, however, this season Bay took the points at Hillheads with a 3-2 win in the reverse fixture back in September.

RCA made two changes to the side that defeated Penrith last Saturday. Craig Hodgson returned to central midfield and Stephen Callen to the left wing, in place of James Armstrong and Kevin Gordon, who took a place on the bench.

The sides lined up like this:

RCA: Carmichael, Richardson, McGuinness, Preston, Swansbury ©, Hodgson, Cassidy, Larkin, McBryde, Charlton, Callen.

Whitley Bay: Flynn, Munro, McDonald ©, Hall, Anderson, Allen, Potter, Patton, Shanks, Brooks, Kempster.

Penrith 0 Sunderland RCA 2

Submitted by Simon Mears on Sunday, 11 December 2016
Saturday, 10 December 2016 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1

Michael Charlton makes a run down the wing at Penrith. Photograph: Simon Mears.

More photos from the match are here.

Goal scorers: Penrith: None. RCA: O.G., McBryde.

Following last Saturday’s impressive Vase win at Dunston, it was back to league action for Sunderland RCA, and a long - but picturesque - trip to Penrith. Whilst RCA were progressing to the Fourth Round of the Vase last week, at the same time Penrith were going out at the hands of Atherton Collieries. But they did, however, have a good midweek win at Ashington, with striker Martyn Coleman scoring a brace to take the points back to Cumbria. Prior to today’s match Penrith were sitting in 17th place in the league - surely a false position - with numerous games in hand on all other teams, mainly due to playing eleven cup ties already this season!

RCA made wholesale changes to the team that had performed so well at Dunston last Saturday. Into the side came Ross Preston, Adam McGuinness, James Cassidy, Kevin Gordon and Liam McBryde - replacing Craig Hodgson, Clayton Davis, Mark Robinson, Stephen Callen and John Butler.

The teams lined up as follows:

Penrith: Jamieson, Lawson, Paul, Davidson ©, Street, Jackson, Newton, Main, Coleman, Connelly, Hebson.

RCA: Carmichael, Richardson, McGuinness, Preston, Swansbury ©, Larkin, Gordon, Armstrong, McBryde, Charlton, Cassidy.

Dunston UTS 1 Sunderland RCA 3

Submitted by Simon Mears on Sunday, 4 December 2016
Saturday, 3 December 2016 - 3:00pm
FA Vase
RCA's hat-trick hero Colin Larkin in action at a foggy UTS Stadium. Photograph: Simon Mears.

RCA's hat-trick hero Colin Larkin in action at a foggy UTS Stadium. Photograph: Simon Mears.

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FA Vase day: a special day. Matchday anticipation - heightened. An extra spring in the step. For clubs at our level, the Vase offers a very real opportunity for Wembley glory. This isn’t fantasy football or Roy of the Rovers stuff; recent history shows that the last eight Vase finals contested have featured at least one Northern League club - with seven of those finals being victorious for our teams. And we need look no further than today’s hosts, Dunston UTS, to realise that dreams can become reality. Dunston lifted the Vase - at Wembley - as recently as May 2012 thanks to a 2-0 win over fellow Northern League side West Auckland Town in the final.

With the two sides reaching the Fifth Round of the Vase last season, both entered this year’s competition at the Second Round stage, which saw Dunston defeat Hemsworth MW 3-1 on Tuesday and RCA narrowly beat Stockton Town - courtesy of an extra-time penalty scored by Colin Larkin - to set up today’s Third Round match.

RCA made one change to the side that lost at West Auckland last Saturday. Clayton Davis returned at right back with Luke Richardson moving to left back, and James Armstrong slotted into central midfield. With RCA unable to call upon the services of Ross Preston and Adam McGuinness, who were both cup-tied after playing for Washington in the First Qualifying Round, Craig Hodgson was moved from central midfield to partner Greg Swansbury in the centre of defence.

The two teams lined up as follows:

Dunston: Holden, Pearson, Halliday, Slaughter, Capewell, Gilhespy, Smith, Burrell ©, Heslop, Luccock, Thear.

RCA: Carmichael, Davis, Richardson, Hodgson, Swansbury ©, Robinson, Charlton, Larkin, Butler, Armstrong, Callen.

West Auckland Town 2 Sunderland RCA 1

Submitted by Simon Mears on Sunday, 27 November 2016
Saturday, 26 November 2016 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1
Craig Hodgson shields the ball from West Auckland captain and former RCA player Thomas Marron. Photograph: Simon Mears.

Craig Hodgson shields the ball from West Auckland captain and former RCA player Thomas Marron. Photograph: Simon Mears.

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RCA were back on their travels following five consecutive home games which had seen progress in the Vase and League Cup, as well as a win, a draw and a defeat in the league. West, meanwhile, had lost five and won one of their last six matches - although I did see them defeat Ryhope Colliery Welfare 5-3 earlier this month. So an intriguing game was in prospect with West looking to continue their climb away from the relegation zone, and RCA consolidating in mid table and looking to push back up the league table.

RCA made one change to the team that started the 3-3 draw with Consett last Saturday with Armstrong in at left back and Richardson moving over to right back in the absence of C Davis. The teams lined up thus.

West: Shaw, Marron (c), Nelson, Hassan, Jones, Elgie, Ruddy, Hudson, Burnicle, Caley, Elliot.

RCA: Carmichael, Richardson, Armstrong, Preston, Swansbury, Hodgson, Charlton, Larkin, Butler, Robinson, Callen.

Sunderland RCA 3 Consett 3

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 20 November 2016
Saturday, 19 November 2016 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1
Greg Swansbury comes away with the ball during the first half of the epic 3 -3 encounter with Consett. Photograph by Simon Mears.

​Greg Swansbury comes away with the ball during the first half of the epic 3 -3 encounter with Consett. Photograph by Simon Mears.

​More of Simon's photographs here.

Goal scorers: SRCA: Larkin (2), Robinson:  Consett: Nellis, Sullivan, Sweet

The RCA Management team made five changes to the team which played against Northallerton in the Brooks Mileson League Cup in midweek. Returning to the first eleven were C Davis, Hodgson, Butler and Larkin while Mark Robinson was selected in the strating eleven for the first time since he joined the club.

Fifth placed Consett came to Meadow Park on the back of and impressive run of seven unbeaten matches.

Sunderland RCA 2 Northallerton Town 0

Submitted by Rob Jones on Thursday, 17 November 2016
Tuesday, 15 November 2016 - 7:30pm
Brooks Mileson Memorial League Cup
Colin Larkin in action during the League Cup match against Northallerton Town. Photograph by Simon Mears.

Colin Larkin in action during the League Cup match against Northallerton Town. Photograph by Simon Mears.

More of Simon's photographs can be seen here.

Goal scorers: Larkin, J Butler

RCA made wholesale changes to the team for this Brooks Mileson League Cup tie against Second Division Northallerton Town. Into the team came Gordon, Preston, Swansbury and Cassidy replacing C Davis, Hodgson, Larkin and Butler.

The game kicked off in almost perfect conditions. Northallerton took advantage of the slope in the first half.

Sunderland RCA 1 Stockton Town 0 (AET)

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 13 November 2016
Saturday, 12 November 2016 - 3:00pm
FA Vase
James Armstrong goes past two Stockton defenders and the referee during the vase match at Meadow Park. Photograph by Simon Mears.

​James Armstrong goes past two Stockton defenders and the referee during the vase match at Meadow Park. Photograph by Simon Mears.

More of Simon's photographs are here.

Goalscorer: SRCA: Larkin,  Stockton: None.

The management team had massive defensive problems ahead of today's FA Vase match with Preston and McGuinness cup tied and Swansbury suspended. To add to the problem McNab failed a late fitness test on his back and so a reshuffle was made with central midfielder Hodgson moving to centre back alongside Larkin and C Davis was drafted in at right back. Armstrong was recalled to play in the centre of midfiled with Charlton and McBryde partnered Butler up front.

So it was a much changed team which took to the field for this important match against a team who had already knocked out Holker Old Boys, Whitley Bay and Eccleshill United in previous rounds.

Before the match there was a minute's silence which was impeccably observed by everyone in the ground.

Sunderland RCA 2 Marske United 4

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 6 November 2016
Saturday, 5 November 2016 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1

​Ross Preston makes another important tackle during the second half of the match against Marske United. Photograph: Simon Mears.

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Goal scorers: SRCA: Callen, Preston Marske: N Mulligan, Butterworth, Larkin og, Bulmer.

RCA entertained fifth placed Marske United at Meadow Park on a wet and miserable day.

The two new signings were included in the squad with Carmichael starting in goal and Robinson on the bench. The management team also brought back Hodgson after missing the Washington match last week.

On the injury front Cassidy was declared fit while McNab aggravated his back in the warm up and was ruled out.

Sunderland RCA 2 Washington 1

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 30 October 2016
Saturday, 29 October 2016 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1
Kieran Martin finishes off a great run, smashing the ball into the net to give SRCA victory against Washington: Photograph by Simon Mears.

​Kieran Martin finishes off a great run, smashing the ball into the net to give SRCA victory against Washington: Photograph by Simon Mears.

​More of Simon's photographs can be found here.

Goal scorers: SRCA: Larkin, Martin,  Washington: Kane

As the injury list shortens the team selection becomes more difficult. With Hodgson unavailable due to family matters and Davis unavailable due to work commitments, Armstrong and Callen were called into the starting eleven. The rest of the team had a very familiar look. There was also signs that Cassidy, McNab and Bussey would be fit in the near future.

The Washington team boasted no fewer than seven ex-SRCA players while the RCA team had six ex-Washington players in the squad. There was also the return to the club of ex-RCA manager Neil Hixon and his assistant Stephen "Buddy" Halliday. 

Billingham Synthonia 2 Sunderland RCA 1

Submitted by Rob Jones on Thursday, 27 October 2016
Wednesday, 26 October 2016 - 7:30pm
Durham County Challenge Cup
Michael Charlton shows some close control during the Durham Challenge Cup Match against Billingham Synthonia. Photograph by Simon Mears.

Michael Charlton shows some close control during the Durham Challenge Cup Match against Billingham Synthonia. Photograph by Simon Mears.

More of Simon's photographs can be found here.

Goalscorers: Synners: Crust, Langstaff:  SRCA: J Butler

RCA travelled down the A19 to play second division Billingham Synthonia in the first round of the Durham Challenge Cup and the management team made a few changes to the starting eleven, in came Charlton, J Butler and J Davis.

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