The woes of RCA continued. When you are near the bottom of the league things always seem to conspire against you: today, an own goal and three penalties (one missed) all to Billingham Synthonia. When your luck is out it is well and truely out.
RCA kept the same team that played so well against Whitley Bay in midweek although the shape of the team looked a little unfamiliar at kick off as they looked to play with three at the back.
RCA Grangetown Florists posted another three points onto their total with a 5-0 victory over a very committed Ashbrooke side.
In an even first half RCA Florists took the lead after 15 minutes when Chris Trewick was played in and hit a cross shot into the bottom left hand corner. It stayed this way until half time
RCA Florists effectively killed off the game within three minutes of the restart with two goals from George McCain, and these were followed by a further strike from Trewick before McCain completed his hat trick to give a final score of 5-0 to RCA Florists.
Sunderland RCA welcomed Whitley Bay to Meadow Park for this re-arranged Ebac Northern League match after the first was called off when the electricity supply unit failed and almost set fire to the away dressing room.
Also in attendance at the match was a film crew from the FA who were doing a piece on the Secret Shoppers initiative. It has to be said that both dug outs seem well behaved and but for a few lapses by the players the general mood was one of let's enjoy the game.
RCA made only one change to the team that played so well on Saturday, Redman came in for Richards and the misfield was reshuffled so the Marron moved into misfield to partner Close.
RCA Grangetown Florists did their goals difference a power of good when beating Grangetown WMC by an emphatic scoreline of 10-1.
RCA started kicking up the slope and took a third minute lead through Jason Gargett when he headed home from a Gary Hill cross. Further goals arrived from Martin Metcalfe and Gary Hills by the 30th minute, only for Grangetown WMC to pull one back with a Ben Stokoe penalty. However RCA Florists restored a three goal advantage with another Gargett goal on 44 minutes to give a ht score of 4-1.
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Well what a change from the dismal display on Wednesday, RCA bounced back with a match full of character and heart.
A goal down after just 25 seconds and a man down after 35 minutes the remaining 10 men produced a plucky display which almost got them a well deserved draw, only the referee blowing for an infringement, when Clarke headed into the Dunston goal stopped them equalising.
The game started in dramatic fashion, from the kick off the ball was played to Pickering who sent a long ball down the right wing to Shaw, his cross was met by Craggs who had time to controll the ball before guiding the ball past Foden to make it 1-0 after 25 seconds.
Another dismal day at the office for the RCA team as they succumbed to two quick goals just before the half hour, missed a penalty, hit the bar and then conceded a goal mid-way through the second half.
RCA Grangetown Florists played Myers twice in four days last week and honours finished even with one victory each.
First, on Thursday night Myers gave RCA Florists a good thumping, despite RCA Florists taking a lead after 10 minutes. From then on a catalogue of errors and superb finishing from Stephen Moody handed RCA Florists a 5-1 hammering, something that their display on the night fully deserved, despite some of their squad playing their fifth game in six days. Myers quickly equalised and went on to victory with four goals from Moody and one from Ryan Hodgson.