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North Shields 1 Sunderland RCA 3

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 5 January 2020
Saturday, 4 January 2020 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1

Dylan Elliott scored RCA's third goal with a terrific strike.

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Sunderland RCA travelled up the A19 to North Shields’ Daren Perssen Stadium for the first match of 2020. Having won their last two matches and with players returning to full fitness the New Year looks full of promise.

However their opponents, North Shields, have only lost once in the last 14 matches and that was by an in form Shildon team.

The RCA management team decided to stick with the same starting line-up that was successful in last weekend’s derby victory.

The teams lined up as follows:

North Shields: Purvis, Cassidy, McDonald, Ormston, New, Buchanan, Robinson, C Patton, McCarthy, Carr ©, K Patton. Subs: Campbell, Smith, Christensen, Hall, Williams.

SRCA:  Dean, Allen, McNab, Preston, Swansbury ©, Best, Elliott, O’Neill, Davison, K Davis Lawson Subs: C Davis, Ezard, Leonard, Hennis, Moan.

Sunderland RCA 4 Ryhope CW 1

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 29 December 2019
Saturday, 28 December 2019 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1

Goal scorer Mark Davison on the attack during the second half of the match.

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Sunderland RCA welcomed local rivals Ryhope CW to Sunderland LGV Park for the last match of 2019 for yet another Ryhope Derby, the fifth this season.

Injuries continue to blight RCA with the latest news that Stephen Callen is likely to miss the remainder if the season with ankle ligaments damage.

The RCA management team made a tactical change for this match in an effort to win the mid-field battle which, in previous encounters between the two teams, had been largely dominated by Hotchkiss and Co. Sacrificing two wide players for a more compact central midfield playing a 4-3-1-2 formation.

There were number of changes from the last match played against Northallerton Town with Dorward, Lilley, Hennis, Ramshaw, Callen and Leonard replaced by Allen, Swansbury, Elliott, Davison, K Davis and making his debut for RCA Tom Best on Work Experience from Hull City.

The teams lined up as follows:

SRCA:  Dean, Allen, McNab, Preston, Swansbury ©, Best, Elliott, O’Neill, Davison, K Davis Lawson Subs: Lilley, Ezard, Leonard, Dorward, Moan.

Ryhope CW: Winter, Braithwaite, Walker, Riding ©, Lay, Trewick, Weirs, Hotchkiss, Rae, Bird, Judson, Subs: Harkess, Wallace, Vincent, Ellis, Jones.

Sunderland RCA 1 Northallerton Town 0

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 15 December 2019
Saturday, 14 December 2019 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1

Match winner Stephen Callen in action during the first half of the match.

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The weather gods shone for a while on “Sunderland LGV Park” and the efforts of the ground staff over the last couple of days was rewarded with a match.

RCA, without a League win since beating Thornaby on 3rd September, were without the services of both Swansbury and C Davis who are suspended, while, Hodgson, Allen, Charlton, and Davison were all unavailable through injury. The Management team made wholesale changes to the side beaten by Spennymoor in mid-week.

It was therefore a much changed team who faced bottom of the league Northallerton Town, in came Ramshaw for his debut alongside Lawson and Hennis while Dorward moved to right back.

The teams lined up as follows:

SRCA:  Dean, Dorward, McNab, Preston ©, Lilley, Hennis, Ramshaw, Lawson, Callen, O’Neill, Leonard. Subs: Elliott, Ezard, Moan, Green, Croft.

Northallerton Town: Dawson, Hillerby, Hudson, Cheeseman, Jones ©, Pattison, Smith, Shepperd, Lowes, Murphy, Martin. Subs: Walker, Short, Howe, Coulson.

Spennymoor Town 5 Sunderland RCA 1

Submitted by Rob Jones on Wednesday, 11 December 2019
Tuesday, 10 December 2019 - 7:45pm
Durham County FA Challenge Cup

RCA travelled to Spennymoor Town for this Durham Challenge Cup 2nd round match after knocking out Dunston in the previous round.

A number of injuries caused selection problems for the RCA management team with Swansbury, Hodgson, Elliott and C Davis all ruled out and Hennis and Leonard both cup-tied. To compound the problem Spennymoor were fielding a strong team which included 10 first team players, three of them regulars.

The teams lined up as follows:

Spennymoor Town: Gould, Wilkinson, Brown, Ward, Magmay, Mason ©, Hall, Anderson, Boyes, Cogdon, Johnson. Subs: Webb, Nicholson, Mitchell, Hindson, Harker.

SRCA:  Dean, Allen, McNab, Lilley, Preston ©, O’Neill, Dorward, Moan, Davison, Callen, Lawson. Subs: Charlton, Ezard, Green, Elliott, Swansbury.<--break->

Ryhope CW 1 Sunderland RCA 1

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 8 December 2019
Saturday, 7 December 2019 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1
Stephen Callen

Stephen Callen, who scored RCA's equaliser, attacks late in the match.

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The RCA management team was forced into making two changes to the team who played in the mid-week defeat to Stockton Town, into the starting eleven came Lilley and Callen replacing the injured Swansbury and Davison. 

This was the fourth local derby between the two teams this season with both teams winning one, the other being a draw, so a close match was expected.

The teams lined up as follows:

Ryhope CW: Harkess, Woods, Weirs, Walker, Jones, Trewick ©, Wallace, Hotchkiss, Rae, Skidmore, Bird. Subs: Winter, Ellis, Robson, Vincent.

SRCA:  Dean, Davis, Allen, Preston ©, Lilley, Elliott, Dorward, Hodgson, Callen, Hennis, Leonard. Subs: O’Neill, Ezard, Moan, Lawson, Croft.

Stockton Town 2 Sunderland RCA 0

Submitted by Rob Jones on Thursday, 5 December 2019
Wednesday, 4 December 2019 - 7:45pm
Northern League 1

Craig Hodgson retains possession during the second half of the match.

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Sunderland RCA travelled to Bishopton Road West, home of high flying Stockton Town in this EBAC Northern league clash.

Almost a month has gone by since RCA’s last match against Bishop Auckland which ended in a 2 – 1 defeat.

A number of enforced changes due to work commitments saw Dorward, Preston and Leonard replaced McNab, Callen and Lilley in the starting eleven.

The teams lined up as follows:

Stockton Town: L Roberts, King, McWilliams, Portas,  Nicholson(c); Coulthard, Hayes, Robinson, Mulligan, Owens, M Roberts.

Subs: Craggs, Bulmer, Steele, Risborough, Jackson.

Sunderland RCA:  Dean, Allen, Dorward, Preston, Swansbury ©, Hodgson, C Davis, Elliott, Davison, Hennis, Leonard.

Subs: Moan, Ezard, Lilley, O’Neill, Lawson.

Bishop Auckland 2 Sunderland RCA 1

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 10 November 2019
Saturday, 9 November 2019 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1

Goal scorer Stephen Callen takes on Bishop Auckland's Liam Potter.

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We travelled to Heritage Park today for this EBAC Northern League fixture. In our previous encounter this season Bishops came out on top in a 5 goal thriller.

With Robbie Dean suspended RCA brought in young keeper Kieron Ezard, other changes from the FA Vase team were as follows, Preston, O’Neill and Croft replaced by Allen, Elliott and making his debut in he centre of midfield was Craig Hennis.

The teams lines up as follows:

Bishop Auckland: Liversedge, Robinson, Hoganson, Potter, Bott, Fairley, Morris, Fryatt, Richardson, Parnaby, Waller. Subs: Johnson, Winn, Prudhoe, Tumilty, Hart.

SRCA:  Ezard, C Davis, McNab, Allen, Swansbury ©, Lilley, Hennis, Hodgson, Davison, Callen, Elliott. Subs: Gray, Leonard, Moan, O’Neill.

Hebburn Town 3 Sunderland RCA 0

Submitted by Rob Jones on Monday, 4 November 2019
Saturday, 2 November 2019 - 3:00pm
The Buildbase FA Vase

Mark Davison has a first half shot blocked.

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RCA travelled to the Energy Check Sports Ground for the second time in a fortnight to play Ebac Northern League leaders Hebburn Town in the Second Round of the FA Vase.

Forced changes meant that Leonard (Work Experience) and Allen were unavailable while Croft was preferred to Elliott who was still feeling the effects of a virus. Into the side came Clayton Davis and Sam Lilley.

The teams lined up as follows:

HEBBURN TOWN: Jennison, Groves, Lough, Spence, Carson, Donaghy, Robson, Taylor, Armstrong, Richardson, Dibb-Fuller.

SRCA:  Dean, Lilley, McNab, Preston, Swansbury ©, Hodgson, C Davis, O’Neill, Davison, Callen, Croft. Subs: Elliott, Ezard, Moan, Gray, Allen.

Sunderland RCA 0 Ryhope CW 1

Submitted by Rob Jones on Tuesday, 29 October 2019
Monday, 28 October 2019 - 7:30pm
Mitre Brooks Mileson Memorial League Cup

Aaron Croft clears the ball during the first half of the match.

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Connor Lamb's match report is here.

The League Cup Group stage match against local rivals Ryhope CW took on more significance for the visitors as a RCW draw or better would see them progress in the competition, RCA having already assured themselves of a place in the last 16 with their win against Washington FC last week.

As usual for this competition the RCA Management team made a number of changes giving younger players more experience at this level and players returning from injury much needed playing time.

The teams lined up as follows:

SRCA:  Ezard, Allen, McNab, Lilley, Swansbury ©, Hodgson, Leonard, Croft, Moan, O’Neill, Gray. Subs: Dean, Callen, Green, C Davis

RCW:  Harkess, Walker, J Weirs, Riding ©, Jones, Trewick, Bird, Hotchkiss, Rae , M Weirs, Ellis. Subs: Winter, Pearn, Wallace, Devlin.

Sunderland RCA 2 Dunston 1

Submitted by Rob Jones on Thursday, 24 October 2019
Wednesday, 23 October 2019 - 7:30pm
Northern League 1

Match winner Nathan O'Neill on the attack in the second half of the match.

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Ken Fitzpatrick's match photos are here.

The Durham Challenge Cup paired us with Dunston in a re-run of the FA Cup fixture earlier in the season when Dunston needed a replay to progress to the next round. RCA therefore had a point to prove.

With Leonard cup tied the RCA management team brought in Josh Gray as a straight replacement. Sam Lilley replaced Ross McNab in the starting line-up and there was a welcome return on the bench for Clayton Davis who was returning after a long lay off with a Hamstring problem.

The teams lined up as follows:

SRCA:  Dean, Lilley, Allen, Preston, Swansbury ©, Hodgson, Gray, D Elliott, Davison, O’Neill, Callen. Subs: McNab, Ezard, Croft, Moan, Davis.

Dunston: Dryden, Marrs, Halliday ©, Pearson, Grant-Soulsby, Hall, Thear, Page, Scott, Heslop, Brooks. Subs: Capewell, C Elliott, Fitzpatrick, Smith, J Elliott.

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