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Shildon 4 Sunderland RCA 1

Submitted by Rob Jones on Thursday, 29 September 2016
Wednesday, 28 September 2016 - 7:30pm
Northern League 1

Reece Noble in action during the match against Shildon: Photograph by Simon Mears

More of Simon's photographs here.

Shildon AFC photographer Tom Clegg's photos are here.

Goal scorers: Shildon: Rae, Ferguson, Greulich-Smith, Wing SRCA: Larkin.

RCA started really well and went ahead. Hassan won the ball on the left and played a crossfield ball which evaded Robson and fell to Larkin who slotted the ball past Liversedge.

The ill discipline which has blighted the season so far for RCA supporters reared its ugly head again as McNab was judged to have fouled Ferguson on the edge of the box and was shown a very harsh straight red. That being said it was probably a yellow and the player had already been cautioned.

Within minutes a rash challenge from Gordon earned him a booking and from the free kick the ball was played to Dodds on the left and his cross was met by Micky Rae who headed home past new signing Sam Guthrie.

North Shields 3 Sunderland RCA 1

Submitted by Rob Jones on Monday, 26 September 2016
Saturday, 24 September 2016 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1

Ross McNab in action during the match against North Shields on Saturday. Photograph by Simon Mears.

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Goalscorers: Noth Shields: Carr (2), Hughes: SRCA Hassan

RCA’s management team were forced to make changes with Bussey out with a fractured ankle and Noble suspended, late fitness tests on Charlton, Cassidy and Gordon proved unsuccessful and none were able to take part. Into the team came Hodgson, and McBryde. New signing Flavio Pereira Da Veiga was on the bench.

After the goalless draw at Meadow Park last week there was an expectation that there would be goals in this game.

Jarrow Roofing 1 Sunderland RCA 0

Submitted by Rob Jones on Wednesday, 21 September 2016
Tuesday, 20 September 2016 - 7:30pm
Northern League 1

John Butler making his debut against Jarrow Roofing: Photograph by Simon Mears.

Further photographs from Simon here.

Goalscorers: SRCA: None Roofing: Chow.

RCA gave debuts to new signings Ross Preston and John Butler, though whether they are technically debuts is open for discussion as both players have played for RCA previously.

The squad was further enhanced by the return of Swansbury.

Sunderland RCA 0 North Shields 0

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 18 September 2016
Saturday, 17 September 2016 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1
Neal Bussey pictured during the match against North Shields where he kept RCA's first clean sheet of the season. Photograph: Simon Mears.

Neal Bussey pictured during the match against North Shields where he kept RCA's first clean sheet of the season. Photograph: Simon Mears.

​More of Simon's photographs from the game are here.

Goal scorers: None.

On the injury front it was a case of three in and two out as Larkin, Charlton and Gordon all passed fitness tests, Hodgson and Armstrong were ruled out.

As the manager was away on business it was down to Assistant Steven Stewart to make his first team selection of the season and it just happened to be against North Shields who are unbeaten so far this season. The eleven chosen where: Bussey, Noble, McNab, Larkin, Lay, J Davis, Gordon, Charlton, Hassan, McBryde, Cassidy Subs: Richardson, Harkess, Butler, Pounder and Stewart. (Well we can forgive him for naming himself as a substitute).

The visitors also had a managerial change although this one was of a more permanent nature as Jon McDonald takes over from Graham Fenton who has joined South Shields.

Sunderland RCA 1 Newcastle Benfield 3

Submitted by Rob Jones on Wednesday, 14 September 2016
Tuesday, 13 September 2016 - 7:30pm
Northern League 1

​James Cassidy in control of the ball before setting off on another attacking run: Photograph: Simon Mears

​More of Simon's photographs from last night's match here.

Goalscorers: SRCA: Armstrong.  Benfield: McEvoy, Hudson, Scott.

RCA faced a Newcastle Benfield team who were fresh from an 8 - 1 win over Alnwick Town in the FA Vase on Saturday.

The injury list remains horrendously long with Larkin, Callen, Pounder, Charlton and Graham out, add to that C Davis working and Swansbury on holiday and RCA were well below par in terms of numbers.

Drafted into the squad were Richardson, Lay and Wightman (a late replacement when Graham suffered a recurrence of a groin injury in the warm up.)

The visitors also had their selection problems but re-organised the team to suit.

Guisborough Town 2 Sunderland RCA 2

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 11 September 2016
Saturday, 10 September 2016 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1

Callum Hassan holds off two Guisborough Town players during the drawn match at the King George V ground. Photograph: Simon Mears

​More photos of the game here.

Goalscorers: Guisborough: McPhillips (2),  SRCA: McBryde, C Davis.

The injury list is getting longer by the game with Larkin and Charlton added to it and failing late fitness tests. Included in the team for the trip to Guisborough were club captain Clayton Davis, Hodgson and Cassidy.

Whitley Bay 3 Sunderland RCA 2

Submitted by Rob Jones on Wednesday, 7 September 2016
Tuesday, 6 September 2016 - 7:30pm
Northern League 1
Substitute Luke Richardson clearing the ball in the 3 - 2 defeat at Hillheads

Substitute Luke Richardson clearing the ball in the 3 - 2 defeat at Hillheads. Photograph: Simon Mears.

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Goalscorers: Whitley Bay: Kempster, Patton, Wilkinson: SRCA: Callen, J Davis

Apart from the traffic problems in getting to the ground RCA also had selection problems with Hodgson, McNab, Armstrong, Cassidy and Charlton all missing for various reasons.

Noble retained the left back spot, while Lay came in at centre back and McBryde and Callen returned to the starting line-up in a re-shuffled team.

RCA were looking to extend their five game unbeaten run against a Whitley Bay team who look rejuvenated under the leadership of Ian Chandler and are themselves doing very well in the league.

Sunderland RCA 3 West Allotment Celtic 1

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 4 September 2016
Saturday, 3 September 2016 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1
Michael Charlton in the thick of the action during the 3-1 win against West Allotment Celtic

​Michael Charlton in the thick of the action during the 3-1 win against West Allotment Celtic. Photograph: Simon Mears.

​More of Simon's photographs are here.

Goalscorers: SRCA: Charlton, Hassan, McBryde. WAC: Pearson

Once again injuries and holidays forced changes to the starting line-up. Ross McNab (foot), James Armstrong (groin) and Stephen Callen (holiday) were all unavailable and club captain Clayton Davis is working away, so the management team gave a fit again Kieran Graham his first start of the season and brought back Reece Noble on the left side of the defence, while Danni Lay, returning after holiday, was on the bench.

West Allotment arrived at Meadow Park having only played three league games, however a win against Seaham Red Star would, no doubt, have boosted their confidence ahead of the game.

Ryhope CW 1 Sunderland RCA 1

Submitted by Rob Jones on Tuesday, 30 August 2016
Monday, 29 August 2016 - 11:00am
Northern League 1
Colin Larkin battles with ex-RCA player Richard Paxton.

Colin Larkin battles with ex-RCA player Richard Paxton during the first Ryhope derby. Photograph: Simon Mears.

More of Simon's photographs are here.

Goalscorers: RCW: Weirs. SRCA: Larkin.

It is a fact that Ryhope CW, formed in 1892 and Sunderland RCA, formed in 1961 have never met in a competitive match until this derby match on 29 August 2016. It is also fair to say that this was an eagerly anticipated match between two very evenly matched teams who had both had hard fought draws just 48 hours earlier, RCW against Shildon and RCA against Morpeth Town.

Martin Swales, returning to his old club, had a number of selection problems. Ross McNab, injured on Saturday, was ruled out and leading goal scorer Stephen Callen was unavailable due to holidays. There was some good news as Liam McBryde passed a fitness test and went onto the bench. James Armstrong and club captain Clayton Davis came into the starting eleven.

The teams took to the pitch on a beautiful sunny day and lined up in front of a good sized crowd.

Sunderland RCA 2 Morpeth Town 2

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 28 August 2016
Saturday, 27 August 2016 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1

​Club Captain Clayton Davis on the ball during SRCA's well earned draw againts FA Vase holders Morpeth Town. Photograph: Simon Mears​.

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Goalscorers: SRCA: Callen, Swansbury:  Morpeth: Robinson, Graydon.

The management team gave late fitness tests to Cassidy and McBryde, surprisingly Cassidy was passed fit while McBryde was still unable to play. In defence Lay (holiday) was replaced by Hodgson and J Davis returned to the centre of midfield having served his one match suspension.

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