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