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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.

Sunderland RCA 1 Seaham Red Star 1

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 23 October 2016
Saturday, 22 October 2016 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1
Addsy on the attack during the match against Seaham Red Star.

​Addsy on the attack during the match against Seaham Red Star. Photograph by Simon Mears.

More of Simon's photographs are here.

Goalscorers: SRCA: J Davis,  SRS: Bird.

The management team almost had a full squad to choose from for the match against near neighbours Seaham Red Star. Only McNab (back), Cassidy (Knee) and Bussey (Fractured Ankle) were on the injury list. The return of so many players made the task of selecting the team a little more difficult and following on from last weekend's fantastic performance against Newton Aycliffe the manager kept faith with the majority of that team, with the only change being the retuurn of captain Swansbury to replace Cassidy.

Newton Aycliffe 2 Sunderland RCA 3

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 16 October 2016
Saturday, 15 October 2016 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1
​Kieran Graham in action during the second half of the match against Newton Aycliffe: Photograph by Simon Mears.

​Kieran Graham in action during the second half of the match against Newton Aycliffe: Photograph by Simon Mears.

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

Goalscorers: Aycliffe: Campbell (2), SRCA: Callen, McGuinness, McBryde.

Colin Larkin, Liam McBryde and James Cassidy returned to the starting line-up after missing the mid-week League cup fixture against Esh Winning.

With five players on holiday and three on the injury list it was a miracle that we could field a team at all but on paper this looked a competitive team. There were a number of players still carrying niggling injuries and it was a test of their character that they were willing to play through the pain barrier.

Esh Winning 1 Sunderland RCA 5

Submitted by Rob Jones on Thursday, 13 October 2016
Wednesday, 12 October 2016 - 7:30pm
Brooks Mileson Memorial League Cup

​Kieran Martin, makes another forward run in the Brooks Mileson League Cup match against Esh Winning. Photograph by Simon Mears.

​More of Simon's photographs here.

Goalscorers: Esh: Hird,  SRCA: Forster (2) Callen, Martin, J Butler

Team selection for the League Cup match against Esh Winning fell to Assistant Manager Steven Stewart and he chose a blend of youth and experience whilst also pitching in some players who were returning from injury, he gave a debut to Jordan Cook while returning to the fold were Adam McGuinness and Brad Forster. There were welcome returns from injury for Kevin Gordon and Stephen Callen while both James Armstrong and Kieran Graham took their respective places on the bench. The team was: Harkess, Richardson, McGuinness, Preston, Forster, Hodgson(c) Gordon, Cook, Callen, J Butler, Martin: Subs: Stewart, Guthrie, T Butler, J Armstrong, Graham.

Sunderland RCA 1 Dunston UTS 2

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 9 October 2016
Saturday, 8 October 2016 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1

Club Captain Clayton Davis holds off a Dunston defender during the 2 -1 defeat. Photograph by Simon Mears,

More of Simon's photographs can be found here.

Goalscorers: SRCA: Larkin, DUTS: Luccock, Burrell.

Some good news on the injury front as Stephen Callen returned to the squad for the match against Dunston UTS and after limping off on Tuesday Liam McBryde declared himself fit enough to go on the bench. Into the starting eleven came Clayton Davis.

Sunderland RCA 2 Bishop Auckland 1

Submitted by Rob Jones on Wednesday, 5 October 2016
Tuesday, 4 October 2016 - 7:30pm
Northern League 1
Goal scorer Colin Larkin in action during the 2 -1 win over Bishop Auckland. Photograph by Simon Mears.

​Goal scorer Colin Larkin in action during the 2 -1 win over Bishop Auckland. Photograph by Simon Mears.

​More of Simon's photographs here.

Peter Jackson's photos are here.

Goalscorers: SRCA: Larkin, Hassan Bishops:  Elliott.

Injuries continue to blight the season with the latest to join the queue being Michael Charlton, there are currently ten players receiving treatment which meant that we were down to the bare bones with only 13 fit players and two registered coaches available for the match against Bishop Auckland.

After their historic win against Farsley Celtic in the FA Cup on Saturday the visitors also had injury problems the most notable was the absence of Andy Johnson from the 16.

South Shields 2 Sunderland RCA 2

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 2 October 2016
Saturday, 1 October 2016 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1
Flavio Pereira Da Veiga during the match against South Shields. Photograph by Simon Mears.

Flavio Pereira Da Veiga during the match against South Shields. Photograph by Simon Mears

More of Simon's photographs here.

South Shields' video highlights are here.

Peter Talbot's photos are here.

Goalscorers: South Shields: Cogdon, Arca. SRCA: Swansbury, McNab

Craig Hodgson and Michael Charlton returned to the side after the mid-week defeat at Shildon. They replaced the injured Kevin Gordon and James Cassidy. The South Shields team saw the return of Julio Arca after a three week lay off through injury.

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