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Buildbase FA Vase preview

Submitted by Simon Mears on Tuesday, 9 October 2018

A youthful Stephen Callen in FA Vase action for RCA during Bridlington Town's last visit to Meadow Park on Saturday, 3 October 2015.

This Saturday, 13 October, on Non-League Day, Sunderland RCA are in Buildbase FA Vase First Round action, with Bridlington Town the visitors to Meadow Park. Kick-off for the big match is 3pm.

Bridlington Town play their football in the Northern Counties East Football League, Premier Division (ninth tier - the same level of football as the Northern League Division One), which also includes recent Vase and FA Cup opponents Garforth Town, Hemsworth Miners Welfare, Handsworth Parramore, and Liversedge.

Highlights: V Whitley Bay (H)

Submitted by Ryan Prentice on Monday, 8 October 2018

Last week's highlights to the five-goal thriller against Whitley Bay. This also includes one of the goals of the season.

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Thanks Joe

Submitted by Tim Robinson on Sunday, 7 October 2018
PCI Services presentation

The lads line up with Joe Olabode, Managing Director of PCI Services - - the technology consultancy, solutions and support company. Joe is seen after being presented with a framed RCA away shirt, to mark his company’s sponsorship of the club. Thanks very much for your support Joe.

Standing, left to right: Mark Davison, Gary Errington, Kyle Davis, Lenny French, Luke Page, Dimitrios Tsapalos, Dominic Moan, Craig Hodgson, Ross McNab, Joe Olabode, Ross Preston, Greg Swansbury, Martin Swales, James Armstrong, Mark Cowan, Andy Kokoska. Front row, left to right: John Jury, Colin Larkin, Dylan Elliott, Michael Charlton, Nathan O’Neill.

Joe was rewarded with a 2-1 away win against a strong Bishop Auckland side.

Highlights: V Shildon (H)

Submitted by Ryan Prentice on Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Saturday's highlights to the two nil defeat to Shildon. 

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Player profile: Ross McNab

Submitted by Mark Cowan on Tuesday, 2 October 2018

1 - Nickname:

2 - Position:
Left back or centre back.

3 - Previous clubs:
Middlesbrough and Billingham Synthonia.

4 - Best moment in football:
That’s easy. Playing against Ajax in a pre season tour of Holland for Middlesbrough U18s, which we won 2-1!!

5 - Best goal:
I don’t score many so this should be easy! I enjoyed the free kick against South Shields, but for me it was the last minute free kick against Leeds for Middlesbrough that we won 1-0!

6 - Best player:
With: will have to be Jonathan Woodgate - great player to play along side. And against is Ruben Loftus-Cheek - unbelievable talent for his age.

7 - Best and worst trainers:
Best is Larks: treats every training session like a match! Worst has be Adzey; he’s gifted technically, but doesn’t want to move in training.

Keep up with the Larks

Submitted by Tim Robinson on Tuesday, 2 October 2018

RCA's forward and coach, Colin Larkin, assess progress ahead of the home league match against Whitley Bay.

We are now into October and are sitting in a decent position in the League. However I can’t help but feel we have missed a major opportunity in the last two games to go top and send out a real statement to the rest of the Division. Last week can only be described as frustrating! After a disappointing result and performance against RCW I was hoping we would bounce back against Shildon. I could talk about the two bad decisions by the officials that cost us the game, however we just weren’t ruthless enough in front of goal and against top sides like Shildon, you need to take your chances if you are going to get anything from the game.

I want to welcome tonight’s opponents, Whitley Bay, who will admit their season hasn’t quite started yet. Out of the FA Cup and the FA Vase, they will now be focussed on winning their games in hand to push right back up the League. We however, have to make sure we nullify our own mistakes in possession and when the chances come, we have to be really ruthless and take them.

Enjoy the game everyone!


Swaz's thoughts

Submitted by Martin Swales on Saturday, 29 September 2018

So our run comes to an end! In all honestly, the boys have been great for us, over the past few weeks, we’ve worked hard, dug in and stuck together but unfortunately, that came to an end on Tuesday night. We seemed, flat, quiet and we didn’t seem to ‘click’ on the night. Second half, the work rate was definitely there but having to play 65 minutes with ten men just made our jobs harder. Obviously the past connections with RCW for myself, Gee and some of the players, made it tough to take.

Today we welcome Shildon to Park. A fixture that’s always a difficult one. Shildon have always had a good side over the past few seasons, but have lost their last few games, however it’s never easy against Shildon. They, like us, will be looking to get a reaction from their players and get back to winning ways. It’s really tight at the top of the league, so I expect this to be a really challenging game, but I’m confident, in my absence, that my exceptionally talented staff, Mark, Gee, Larks and Lenny, will be celebrating a win on Saturday night.

Finally, I’d just like to thank Rachel Davison, who’s decided to leave the club, for all her time and effort with me and the lads. It‘s much appreciated and everyone at the club wishes her all the best for the future.

Player profile: James Armstrong

Submitted by Tim Robinson on Saturday, 29 September 2018

1 - Nickname:

Army or Ruud Mullet.

2 - Position:

Central midfield or the bench.

3 - Previous clubs:

Sunderland and Hull City.

4 - Best moment in football:

Signing professional forms with Sunderland and playing more than seven games in a full season for RCA.

5 - Best goal:

It was a late winner in the FA Vase against Bridlington three years ago for RCA from 50 yards.