Match reports

All 2012-13 season match reports have been moved to the 2012-13 archive.

Sunderland RCA FC 2 Whitley Bay FC 1

Kyle Morris, scorer of RCA's first goal, on midfield ball winning duties.

Saturday, 11 January 2014

EBAC Northern League Division 1

Goalscorers: SRCA: Morris, Hughes    Whitley Bay: Reid

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SRCA were forced to make two changes to the team that played so well in last week's win against Consett FC. Danny Wray failed a late fitness test and was replaced by Ross Preston; Jack Stanger was unavailable due to work commitments and Nathan Wilson stepped into the vacated midfield position.

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Consett AFC 3 Sunderland RCA FC 4

Kyle Fryatt, who opened the scoring for RCA with a terrific goal, in second half action.

Saturday, 4 January 2014

EBAC Northern League Division 1

Goalscorers:  SRCA:  Fryatt, Morris, Barton, og   Consett: Mellish, Sullivan, Mackay.

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An away day at the new Belle View Stadium to face a Consett team who were in free-scoring mode on the artificial surface.

The ground is indeed impressive and the off field facilities are very good. However the pitch surrounding leave a lot to be desired. Whenever the ball went over the barrier surronding the pitch it had to be retreived by a ball person wearing a pair of Wellington boots due to the quagmire conditions.

On the pitch SRCA made four changes to the team so comprehensively defeated last weekend by Newton Aycliffe. Andrew Brown returned to the centre of midfield after a bout of tonsilitis, Ross Wilkinson came in for Ross Preston who was on holiday, Kyle Morris was preferred to Steven Bayles and Jack Stanger would partner Brown against his former club.

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Sunderland RCA FC 0 Newton Aycliffe FC 4

RCA's Aaron Brown battles for the ball in the first half of the match.

Saturday, 28 December 2013

EBAC Northern League Division 1

Goalscorers: SRCA: none      Aycliffe:  Owens (2), Atkinson, Butterworth.

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A dismal performance against a vastly improved Newton Aycliffe side ends a disappointing year at RCA. Just 11 wins and nine draws in 53 matches means yet another battle against relegation is looming.

2013 has certainly been unlucky for the small band of RCA followers who have braved the eliments in support of their team and I for one am hoping for a much better 2014.

Andrew Brown was unavailable due to tonsilitis and John Jury moved into the centre of midfield giving an opportunity to Aaron Brown at right back. This looked like a babtism of fire as he would be up against the vastly experienced ex-RCA winger Harrison Davies. In the centre of defence Wray was preferred to Wilkinson.

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Sunderland RCA FC 0 Celtic Nation FC 3

RCA's Kyle Fryatt and Phil Horsman combine to crowd out the Celtic Nation forward.

Saturday, 14 December 2013

EBAC Northern League Division 1

Goalscorers:  SRCA: none  Celtic Nation: Murphy (2), Coleman

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Sunderland RCA made a number of changes to the squad for the visit of title chasing Celtic Nation. Into the starting eleven came Ross Wilkinson, on loan from Shildon, Stephen Halliday, Aaron Brown and Andrew Brown. The team started the game in an unfamiliar 4-5-1 formation.

The match was completely ruined as a spectacle by the blustery wind which was blowing straight down the pitch. It has to be said that the Celtic Nation players coped better with the weather conditions than our lads.

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Marske United FC 3 Sunderland RCA FC 2

Tuesday, 10 November 2013

EBAC Northern League Division 1

Goal Scorers: SRCA: Barton, Fryatt  Marske: Alexander, Earl, Wheatley.

RCA named an unchanged eleven for this EBAC Northern League away match against a Marske team who started the season with a 17 game unbeaten run follow by eight straight defeats but who seemed to have steadied the ship of late.

RCA had the ball in the net within two minutes of the start when a cross field ball from Baynes found Fryatt free, the diminutive winger cut inside, rounded the keeper and slotted home only to find that the assistant had raised his flag for an offside against Patton who didn't seem to be interfering with play.

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Sunderland RCA FC 1 Crook Town FC 2

RCA winger Kyle Fryatt wins the ball in the second half of the match.

Saturday, 7 November 2013

EBAC Northern League Division 1

Goalscorers: SRCA: Wilson.  Crook Town: Davis, Bird.

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RCA were forced to make one change to the team that drew with Durham City last week with Jack Stanger coming in for the suspended Andrew Brown.

After the heavy frost of Friday the pitch was looking in remarkably good condition.

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Sunderland RCA FC 0 Durham City FC 0

RCA forward Callum Patton holds off determined tackling in the second half of the match.

Saturday, 30 November 2013

EBAC Northern League Division 1

No Goals:

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RCA welcomed Durham City to Meadow Park and after the excellent second half performance from the RCA players last week there was an air of anticipation around the ground.

Two changes to the starting line up saw Fryatt and Stanger replaced by Morris and Aaron Brown. Otherwise it was a familiar looking squad which is what the management team are looking for.

Unusually for this time of the year it was a mild afternoon, the setting sun casting a red hue over the cemetery gave the ground an eerie look which film directors of horror movies would have loved and no doubt the Ghostly Gadgie very much approved of. (Not sure if Tim captured any pics).

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