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Sunderland RCA 2 Pickering Town 1

Submitted by Simon Mears on Sunday, 30 July 2017
Saturday, 29 July 2017 - 3:00pm
Friendly

James Cassidy scores the winner for RCA on the stroke of half time. Photograph: Simon Mears.

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Goal scorers - RCA: Larkin; Cassidy. Pickering: Parker.

Following the postponement of last Saturday's pre-season friendly with Hartlepool United under 23s due to player availability problems, and the midweek trip to Esh Winning being called off because of the excessive rain, Sunderland RCA were back in action with a final pre-season friendly at home to Pickering Town looking for a fifth win to round off the pre-season positively.

The two sides lined up as follows:

Sunderland RCA: Bussey; Noble; McNab; Hodgson; Swansbury (c); Davis; Charlton; Elliott; Larkin; Callen; Cassidy.

Pickering Town: Lawrie; Marshall; Belt; Taylor; Denton; Tilsley (c); Thompson; Birch; Blott; Parker; Dalton.

Chester-le-Street Town 0 Sunderland RCA 1

Submitted by Simon Mears on Wednesday, 19 July 2017
Tuesday, 18 July 2017 - 7:30pm
Friendly

Jonathan Davis scored the only goal of the match from the penalty spot. Photograph: Simon Mears.

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Goal scorer - RCA: Davis.

Sunderland RCA’s fourth pre-season friendly in eight days was a short trip to Chester-le-Street Town.

After the disappointment of being relegated last season, Chester-le-Street would no doubt be looking for a quick return to Division One by having a successful season. So a good test to play a Division One side at home, even in a pre-season friendly match.

The two sides lined up as follows:

Chester-le-Street: Cresswell; Stephenson (c); Reynolds; M. Hepplewhite; Walker; D. Hepplewhite; Surrey; McGuire; Clarkson; Wood; White.

RCA: Bussey; Richardson; Armstrong; McGuinness; Swansbury (c); Noble; Cassidy; Elliott; O’Neill; Davis; Callen.

Willington 1 Sunderland RCA 2

Submitted by Simon Mears on Sunday, 16 July 2017
Saturday, 15 July 2017 - 3:00pm
Friendly

James Cassidy retains possession during the second half of the match. Photograph: Simon Mears.

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Goal scorers - Willington: Lowes. RCA: Larkin; Callen.

A short report today, folks - Sunderland RCA travelled to Willington looking to extend the pre-season winning run to three matches.

RCA lined up as follows: Bussey; Noble; Richardson; Hodgson; Swansbury (c); Elliott; Charlton; Wilson; Larkin; Callen; Cassidy.

Jarrow 0 Sunderland RCA 2

Submitted by Simon Mears on Thursday, 13 July 2017
Wednesday, 12 July 2017 - 7:00pm
Friendly

Recent signing Dylan Elliott whips in a cross during the second half of the match. Photograph: Simon Mears.

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Goal scorers - RCA: Larkin (2).

Just 48 hours after the excellent victory at home to Sunderland AFC under 23s, and Sunderland RCA were back in action with a friendly trip to newly-promoted Jarrow.

Jarrow are now just a few short weeks away from beginning their inaugural season in the Northern League, after winning the Wearside League last season with an impressive 91 points - winning 29 and losing just 5 of their 38 games.

The two sides lined up as follows:

Jarrow: Frater; Smith; Mellish; Bone; Little; Allen; Hirst; Pressling; Allan; Kane; Trialist.

RCA: Peccolo; Noble; McGuinness; Hodgson; Swansbury (c); Armstrong; Charlton; Wilson; Larkin; Mensah; Cassidy.

Sunderland RCA 2 Sunderland AFC XI 1

Submitted by Simon Mears on Tuesday, 11 July 2017
Monday, 10 July 2017 - 7:00pm
Friendly

Ross McNab makes another timely interception during the first half of the match. Photograph: Simon Mears.

Goal scorers - RCA: Larkin; O'Neill. SAFC: Wright.

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For Sunderland AFC's match report please click here.

For Connor Lamb's match report please click here.

For Kevin Wilson's photos from the match please click here.

Sunderland RCA began their pre-season programme with a high-profile match with Sunderland AFC under 23s.

RCA included recent signing Dylan Elliott in the starting line-up which, otherwise, had a familiar look to last season.

The two sides lined up as follows:

RCA: Bussey; Noble; McNab; Hodgson; Swansbury; Davis; Charlton; Larkin; Callen; Elliott; Cassidy.

SAFC: Woud; J Robson; T Robson; Wright; Taylor; Storey; Kimpioka; Allen; Molyneux; Diamond; Hume.

Sunderland RCA 1 Penrith 2

Submitted by Simon Mears on Wednesday, 26 April 2017
Tuesday, 25 April 2017 - 7:45pm
Northern League 1

RCA's assistant manager Steven Stewart on the ball in the second half of the match. Photograph: Simon Mears.

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Goal scorers - RCA: Callen. Penrith: Coleman; Read.

Sunderland RCA’s final match of the season was a home game against Penrith.

Following successive defeats, RCA bounced back emphatically on Saturday with a superb 5-0 victory at Consett. Penrith, meanwhile, were beaten 4-1 at home to Whitley Bay on Saturday, but had a 2-1 win over Dunston UTS in midweek.

Tonight was the third time that the two sides had met this season: Penrith won the FA Cup Extra Preliminary round match on the opening day of the season courtesy of a single goal. But in December, again at Frenchfields, RCA won 2-0 in the league thanks to an own goal and a Liam McBryde strike.

RCA made four changes to the side that won at Consett on Saturday - Neal Bussey returned in goal with Jonathan Carmichael on the bench, Ross McNab replaced the injured Greg Swansbury, and Jonathan Davis and Brad Wilson replaced Craig Hubbard and James Armstrong in midfield.

The two sides lined up as follows:

RCA: Bussey; Noble; McNab; Larkin (c); McGuinness; Davis; Charlton; Wilson; Butler; Callen; Cassidy.

Penrith: McCombie; Faustino; N Davidson; G Davidson; Bowman; Street; Lawson; Read; Coleman; Gardner; Veitch.

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.

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