Match reports

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Bishop Auckland FC 1 Sunderland RCA FC 2

Get in! Ross Preston heads home the first of his two goals at Heritage Park.

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

EBAC Northern League Division 1

Goalscoreres: SRCA: Preston (2),   Bishops: Butler.

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On a perishingly cold night at Heritage Park the travelling fans went home with a glow in their hearts as RCA out played their rivals, coming from a goal down at half time to win fairly comfortably in the end, the score could have been 4 or 5  to 1 had RCA taken their chances.

The management team had a full squad and more to choose from for this important EBAC Northern League fixture, rearranged several times due to cup ties and the weather it was a relief to both teams to have the game on.

RCA introduced James Rowe into the centre of the park for his first start for the team, Ross Preston linked up with another debutant, Colin Larkin and Kieran Megran started against his old club.

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Richmond Town FC 2 Sunderland RCA FC 7

Saturday, 17 January 2015


Goalscorers: Larkin (3),  Wood, Brown, Bythway, Bogie.

Richmond Town called off their game with Cleator Moor on Friday night as their pitch was waterlogged. A Friendly was hastily arranged between the managers of Richmond and RCA and the game took place on the 4g pitch at Conyers School in Yarm.

It gave the manager a chance to look at some fringe player while also giving match time to the full squad.

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Sunderland RCA FC 1 Durham City FC 5

Left back Paul Weldon in first half action for RCA.

Saturday, 10 January 2015

EBAC Northern League Division 1

Goalscorers: SRCA:  OG,   Durham: Carr, Davis, Fryatt, Noble, Hope.

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With the Meadow Park pitch still under water this fixture was swapped to take place at Washington FC's Ground at the Nissan Sports and Social club complex. A massive thank you to the management at the Sports complex for their excellent hospitality on the day. It was a pity that the second half display fell short of expectations.

RCA gave a (home) debut to Kieran Megran in a much changed team from the one which crashed out of the Durham Challenge Cup at Spennymoor on Tuesday. In came Bogie, Charlton, Brown and Morris as well as Megran.

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Spennymoor Town FC 3 Sunderland RCA FC 0

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Durham Challenge Cup 2nd Round

Goalscorers: Spenny: Fisher (2), Capper. SRCA: None

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RCA's team selection for tonight's re-scheduled Durham Challenge Cup, was somewhat hampered by the suspension of three players, another five were cup-tied and two were on holiday. The loss of home advantage due to the continuing drainage problems didn't help with team morale.

However there was a place in the team for Chris Armstrong who, along with Paul Weldon were making their RCA debuts in a 4-5-1 formation.

Spennymoor's team looked strong on paper with a mixture of first team, reserves and youth team players on display.

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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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