Changes were forced on the Management team for today's match at Morpeth Town, Horsman with a foot injury sustained at work will be out for a few weeks and Hughes on holiday in Mexico is out for three weeks.
In to the team came Wilkinson in a three man defensive unit and Jim Wilson started in the midfield for the first time.
5 0 may on paper look like a drubbing for the team, but in effect Morpeth had about 10 minutes in the first half and scored two fantastic goals then in the second half they scored two goals in a minute as RCA started to wilt. Unfortunately for RCA they only tested the home keeper on twooccasions and for all their possession were unable to put pressure on a Morpeth defence which looked in total control.
Work commitments meant that Stanger, Patton and (Andrew) Brown where unavailable for selection. Into the squad came the evergreen Wayne Henderson.
The selection of the starting eleven was further disrupted when both Nathan Wilson and Ross Wilkinson reported niggling injuries. Therefore the team reverted to the familiar 4-4-2 formation, (Aaron) Brown swapped to right back, Jury into the centre of midfield and both Baynes and Fryatt recalled as wingers.
After the excellent display in securing a point on Saturday hopes were high of adding to our points tally against a Marske United team who seem to have fallen away of late.
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After the disappointment of Monday at Team Northumbria the Management team made wholesale changes to the starting line up and the formation for today's match.
Playing an unfamiliar 3-5-2 or 5-3-2 whichever way you look at it this was a vastly improved performance from everyone in the squad.
Wray and Preston teamed up with Horsman in the centre of defence and the inclusion of Player/Joint Manager "Buddy" Halliday in midfireld along side Nathan Wilson and Stanger was a master stroke, as they stifled the usually inventive "Synners" midfield. Jury and Aaron Brown played as wing backs and Hughes and Barton were up front.
Submitted by Ian Ferguson on Wednesday, 19 February 2014
Sunday, 16 February 2014
Total Sport Challenge Trophy
A totally inept performance from both management and players saw RCA Grangetown Florists deservedly go down to a 4-2 defeat against a fitter, more determined and ultimately superior Times Inn, and exit the Total Sport Challenge Trophy. RCA Florists started brightly but that did not last long, but nevertheless they took a somewhat fortunate lead through a Martin Metcalfe penalty on 30 minutes. They had one chance to increase that to 2-0, but Owens shot flew high and wide. From there they proceeded to shoot themselves in the foot with mistake after mistake which resulted in the equaliser on 40 minutes from Chris Patton. 1-1 at half time.
Submitted by Rob Jones on Wednesday, 19 February 2014
Tuesday, 18 February 2014
EBAC Northern League Division 1
Goalscorers: Barton (2), Hughes (2), Patton Hebburn: North (2), McMahon
RCA welcomed Hebburn Town to Meadow Park on a calm, tranquil evening. The pitch was looking in remarkably good condition given the unusually bad weather of recent weeks and a massive thank you must go out to the ground staff who have worked so hard just to get a game on.
The last match played by either team was on 25 January 2014: three and a half weeks of inactivity and it was to show in the performances of both teams tonight.
RCA's line up was fairly familiar with the only changes being the inclusion of Jack Stanger in place of the injured Nathan Wilson and Joseph Hughes preferred to Callum Patton up front.
Goalscorers: SRCA - None West Auckland: Close, Campbell
SRCA welcomed title chasing West Auckland to Meadow Park and after their defeat at Ashington in mid-week they would be looking for a much improved performance today. RCA were without a game for two weeks and were looking to continue their undefeated start to 2014.