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Consett AFC 2 Sunderland RCA FC 1

Clayton Davis looks to build an attack during the downpour in the second half of the match.

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

EBAC Northern League Division 1

Goalscorers: SRCA: Coe,  Consett: Gray, Mackay.

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After Saturday's battling win against Penrith the RCA supporters were in good spirits for the journey to Consett.

One forced change saw Hughes (chest infection) replaced by Charlton who went to the centre of midfield, Davis moved to the right wing and Coe started up front with Preston.

This was to be another battling rearguard action by RCA but in the end Consett, on their second half performance alone, probably just deserved the points. There was no denying the commitment of the RCA players tonight witnessed by the number of goal line clearances and blocks made at crucial times in the match.

Small things cost us tonight, a) a lapse of concentration, not picking up the Consett substitute for the home team's first goal, b) a lack of discipline, why were both wingers on the right hand side of the pitch at the time of the sending off, and  c) a little naivity, in defending very deep after our first substitution was made these probably cost us all three points in this highly competitive Northern League match.

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Sunderland RCA FC 2 Penrith FC 1

Captain John Jury attacks down the left in the first half of the match.

Saturday, 13 December 2014

EBAC Northern League Division 1

Goalscorers:  SRCA: Brown (2)   Penrith: Coleman.

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This match could not have gone ahead without the commitment of the Groundstaff at SRCA, they worked wonders in preparing the pitch and the only doubt in the referee's mind was an area of about 2 metres in the top corner. Once the players started warming up it softened and the game went ahead. Albeit 15 minutes late due to traffic problem encountered by Penrith's team bus.

RCA were once again forced to make changes with Wray, Wood and Charlton all unavailable. Richardson started in the centre of defence, Davis moved into the centre of midfield and Coe made a welcome return after injury to start on the right wing.

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West Allotment Celtic FC 1 Sunderland RCA FC 3

RCA's Clayton Davis battles for the ball in the second half of the match.

Saturday, 6 December 2014

EBAC Northern League Division 1

Goalscorers: SRCA: Brown, Callen, Hughes.   West Allotment: Stonemen.

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With no game since the 3 - 0 defeat by North Shields in the FA Vase on the 22 November RCA were looking to get their season back on track at Whitley Park. A victory today against fellow strugglers West Allotment Celtic would go a long way to restoring the confidence of the team after three straight defeats.

Martin Swales made several changes to the side which crashed out of the Vase, Carmichael, Jury,Hughes, Charlton and Davis all returned to the first eleven. In a bold move he started the game with Ross Preston playing up front alongside Joe Hughes.

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Sunderland RCA FC 0 North Shields FC 3

Midfielder James Armstrong in possession in the first half of the match.

Saturday, 22 November 2014

FA Vase 2nd Round

Goalscorers: SRCA: None   North Shields: Bainbridge (3)

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After beating Handsworth Parramore in the first round of the Vase RCA were handed the difficult task of overcoming a very slick North Shields team in the second round. The meeting between the two teams in the league ended 3-0 to North Shields with three clinical second half finishes.

RCA gave a debut to recent signing Stephen Bogie, Carl Morris took over in goal for Carmichael who was on holiday, Brown returned to the centre of midfield, Lewis Wood returning after injury played wide right and Barton returned up front. Both Charlton and Davis were cup tied. So it was a much changed team who took to the park for this important cup match.

The pitch had taken a battering with the amount of rain that had fallen in the last 48 hours and it was only the efforts of the groundstaff on the day that made it playable.

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West Auckland Town FC 4 Sunderland RCA FC 0

Saturday, 15 November 2014

EBAC Northern League Division 1

Goalscorers: West: Moffatt (2) Richardson (2)

RCA made the trip to table topping West Auckland Town and were in good spirits after the excellent mid-week performance against Dunston UTS.

Unfortunately Martin Swales missed this one due to sickness which meant that his assistant Gee Errington made the team selection. His job was made more difficult when it was revealed that Brown, Barton, L Wood, G Wood and Austin-Wilson were unavailable and added to that list was Hughes who was declared 80% fit and took his place on the bench.

Into the line-up from the match on Tuesday came, Preston, Armstrong and McNab with Davis pushed forward as the lone striker.

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Dunston UTS 2 Sunderland RCA FC 0

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Northern League Cup

Goalscorers: Dunston: Ormston, Bulford. SRCA: None.

RCA travelled up the A1 to play Dunston in the EBAC Northern League Cup at the Dunston UTS Stadium. Another top v bottom game but, as they say, anything can happen in football.

Martin Swales' problems started before kick off. Held up in traffic, he arrived to the news that Ross Preston had failed a fitness test and was unavailable and within minutes of the warm up starting Joe Hughes pulled up with a recurrence of a hernia problem which has plagued him all season.

The eventual starting eleven included new signing Clayton Davis, making his debut after transferring from Washington FC. Danny Austin-Wilson replaced Hughes up front, Jury was installed in the centre of midfield to replace the injured Gary Wood and Callen returned to the team after suspension. The team: Carmichael, Richardson, Bythway, Wray, Brown, Davis, Jury, Charlton, Barton, Austin-Wilson, Callen, Subs: McNab, Morris, Henderson (D).

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Sunderland RCA FC 3 Stockton Town FC 1

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Durham Challenge Cup 1st Round

Goalscorers: SRCA: Wray, Charlton, Brown; Stockton Town: Stockton;

Stockton Town were the visitors to Meadow Park for tonight's Durham Challenge Cup first round tie. 

Stockton, unbeaten in 22 games thus far this season and running away with the Wearside league, were looking to pit their skills against a Sunderland RCA side, who under new manager Martin Swales, looked to be improving rapidly. Since Martin's appointment RCA have played 10, won six, drawn two and lost two; unfortunately the majority of the won games have been in cup competions like tonight.

The RCA team looked a little experimental with Austin-Wilson in at left back, Brown pushed into midfield/forward role, Armstrong sitting in a holding role, Stanger wide right and Hughes recalled to play as the solitary front man. Both Gary and Lewis Wood were suffering from knocks picked up on Saturday and on the bench we saw the welcome return of Barton after a lengthy period out with an ankle injury and John Jury after missing Saturday's match due to the birth of his son Joel.

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