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Durham City 1 Sunderland RCA 0

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 20 March 2016
Saturday, 19 March 2016 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1

RCA's Colin Larkin fires in a shot in the second half of the match. Photograph: Simon Mears.

Goalscorers: Durham: Saunders: RCA: None.

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RCA travelled to Consett to play third bottom club Durham City and after their last two victories against Washington and Dunston expectations were high. The management team selected an unchanged side from the one that played so well against Dunston on Tuesday night. They also welcomed back Kevin Gordon after injury and he took his place on the bench.

Sunderland RCA 4 Dunston UTS 1

Submitted by Rob Jones on Thursday, 17 March 2016
Tuesday, 15 March 2016 - 7:30pm
Northern League 1

RCA's Luke Richardson holds up Dunston's former RCA striker Aristote Guerin-Lokonga. Photograph: Simon Mears.

Goalscorers: SRCA: Larkin (2), Wightman, Jennings Dunston: Richardson

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The repercussions of Saturday’s exertions were evident tonight with Charlton side-lined with an ankle injury and Armstrong failing a fitness test on a groin injury pick up during the 2 -1 win over Washington. Added to these was the unavailability of Brown and Hatch due to work commitments and the management team had few options but to make changes to a winning team. So Jennings, McNab and Proctor were included in the starting eleven.

The visitors tonight, Dunston UTS, like us, are having an indifferent period in the season with mixed results of late and only two wins in their last six games.

Both managers would be looking to build on their respective weekend performances.

Washington 1 Sunderland RCA 2

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 13 March 2016
Saturday, 12 March 2016 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1

Reece Noble clears the ball in the second half of the match. Photograph: Simon Mears.

Goalscorers: SRCA: Cummings, Wightman; Washington: Davison.

After the mid-week defeat at the hands of North Shields, RCA faced another difficult game against sixth placed Washington.

The management team brought back Charlton, who missed the North Shields encounter through work commitments and with Hatch unavailable his replacement was Nathan Cummings, making his first start for RCA. Harkess took over in goal replacing Hunter who was also unavailable.

Sunderland RCA 0 North Shields 1

Submitted by Rob Jones on Wednesday, 9 March 2016
Tuesday, 8 March 2016 - 7:30pm
Northern League 1

Captain’s view: Clayton Davis weighs up the options. Photograph: Simon Mears.

Goal scorers: SRCA: None North Shields: Holmes

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RCA entertained in form North Shields at Meadow Park in this rearranged EBAC Northern League fixture. The visitors had won their last three matches while RCA had recorded a good victory in their last outing against Bishop Auckland.

The RCA management team had a number of players unavailable for tonight’s encounter. Work commitments meant that Harkess and Charlton were unavailable and McNab failed a pre-match fitness test and is still not fully fit. Hunter and Gordon came into the starting eleven to replace the aforementioned and onto the bench came Pounder, Cummings and Cook.

Sunderland RCA 3 Bishop Auckland 1

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

Ouch. The returning Jonny Wightman, scorer of RCA's first goal, goes in where it hurts in the first half of the match. Photograph: Simon Mears.

Goal scorers: SRCA: Wightman, Charlton, Hatch Bishops: Johnson

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The last time Sunderland RCA played Bishop Auckland they suffered a 4 - 1 drubbing, but then we went on a 17 match unbeaten run. Bishops have turned their season round and have convincingly won their last three games scoring 13 and only conceding two.

With the manager away on holiday it was left to Gee, with the assistance of Larks and Smudge, pick a team to try and get back on a winning streak. They decided to bring fit again James Armstrong in at left back, and Larkin returned up front after work commitments on Tuesday had seen him relegated to the bench. I’m not sure if Clayton ever wins a toss, but it looked like he lost another today although the visitors elected to kick up the slope in the first half.

Sunderland RCA 2 Newcastle Benfield 2

Submitted by Rob Jones on Wednesday, 24 February 2016
Tuesday, 23 February 2016 - 7:30pm
Northern League 1

RCA's captain, Clayton Davis, blocks the way forward for the Benfield attacker. Photograph: Simon Mears.

Goalscorers: SRCA: Hatch, Davis: Benfield: Brayson, Taylor

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Sunderland RCA welcomed Newcastle Benfield to Meadow Park in a match where both managers would be looking for positive reactions from their players after some indifferent results in recent weeks. RCA have lost their last three matches and Benfield their last two.

The management team at RCA were forced to make changes with goalkeeper Andrew Hunter suffering a thigh injury which meant the return, sooner than expected, of Jordan Harkess after his lay off due to a broken jaw. Also in the starting eleven were new signings Jonathan Wightman and Shane Jennings who would replace Colin Larkin (work commitments) and Kevin Gordon respectively. Both players were on the bench alongside James Armstrong and James Cook who were returning from injury and Kieran Graham.

Sunderland RCA 1 Newton Aycliffe 2

Submitted by Rob Jones on Monday, 15 February 2016
Saturday, 13 February 2016 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1

Wayne Buchanan in defensive action. Photograph: Simon Mears.

Goal scorers: SRCA: Larkin Aycliffe: Campbell (2)

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RCA returned to league action today after eight weeks of cup matches and postponements. Our last league match on 19th December 2015 was against West Allotment Celtic. Today, we welcomed a revitalised Newton Aycliffe team to Meadow Park, who, like ourselves, are undergoing a period of transition and are pushing for a top six finish to the season.

The management team at RCA made three changes to the team beaten by Whickham in the Durham Challenge Cup with Richardson replacing Cook, Hatch replacing Cresswell and Charlton returning in place of Hughes.

Tremendous work by the groundsmen to get the pitch in a playable condition was rewarded with an entertaining match, although the constant rain / snow during the game did little to help the underfoot conditions and the pitch started to cut up badly towards the end of the game.

RCA took advantage of the slope in the first half, but faced a stiff head wind which was unusually blowing off the North Sea.

Whickham 2 Sunderland RCA 0

Submitted by Rob Jones on Thursday, 4 February 2016
Wednesday, 3 February 2016 - 7:30pm
Durham County Challenge Cup

New RCA signing Nathan Cummings who came on in the second half of the match. Photograph: Simon Mears.

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Goalscoreres: Whickham: Aiston, M Fitzpatrick:

After the FA Vase exit at the weekend the management team switched their attention to the Durham Challenge Cup and were no doubt be looking for a positive reaction to that defeat.

Due to work commitments and injuries there were a number of changes implemented. Cook, Brown, Cresswell and Hughes replaced McNab, Byrne, Proctor and Charlton in a reshuffled team.

Sunderland RCA 2 Bristol Manor Farm 3

Submitted by Rob Jones on Monday, 1 February 2016
Saturday, 30 January 2016 - 3:00pm
FA Vase

No way through for RCA's Michael Charlton in the second half of the match. Photograph: Simon Mears.

Goal Scorers: SRCA: Buchanan (2), BMF: Stamp (2), Sheppard.

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RCA welcomed Bristol Manor Farm FC to Meadow Park for this historic 5th Round FA Vase tie.

The billing for this game was fantastic, two teams on amazing runs, RCA one defeat in 21 games and Bristol Manor Farm unbeaten since 7 November last year and riding high on top of the Toolstation Western Football league.

Martin Swales and his backroom staff had a team selection problem when both Liam Hatch and James Armstrong declared themselves unavailable due to injury problems and Lee Cresswell was unavailable due to work commitments. The selection was further exacebated when the only central defender on the bench pulled up in the warm up. The good news was the availability of Clifford Byrne who was slotted straight in at No 5. Reece Noble returned to midfield after his suspension as the two changes to the starting eleven who performed so well last week against Sleaford Town.

There was also a welcome return to the squad for Joe Hughes and Andrew Brown after long spells of injury.

The blustery conditions were always going to be a factor in this match as the wind blew straight down the pitch.

Sunderland RCA 3 Sleaford Town 2

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 24 January 2016
Saturday, 23 January 2016 - 3:00pm
FA Vase

RCA’s Liam Hatch rises highest to score from a towering header. Photograph: Simon Mears.

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Goalscorers: SRCA: Charlton (2), Hatch: Sleaford: Pemberton, Hockin.

RCA were without Reece Noble through suspension so the management team brought in Lee Cresswell to replace him, there was also a place in the starting line up for Liam Hatch and the welcome return from injury of Stephen Callen.

Without a competitive game since 22 December 2015, the RCA management team had arranged a mid week friendly at Billingham Town, unfortunately this caused a selection problem for today when James Armstrong picked up a thigh injury and was ruled out of today’s important FA vase clash against Sleaford Town.

A special mention should once again go to the ground staff, who have worked wonders just to get the pitch in a playable condition.

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