Submitted by Rob Jones on Wednesday, 4 September 2013
Tuesday, 3 September 2013
EBAC Northern League Division 1
Goalscorers: SRCA , none Bishops: Hawkins (2) L Bythway (2)
Unbeaten Bishop Auckland FC were the visitors to Meadow Park for this EBAC Northern League match.
RCA were still without the suspended Andrew Brown and injuries continue to plague the club with four players unable to play.
It was almost a dream start for RCA as from the kick off Edwards received the ball and played it forward into the path of Home-Jackson who lobbed the advancing Pocklington and watched as the ball drifted agonisingly wide of the goal.
Five minutes into the game and Brunskill picked up a through ball from Hawkins and was only denied by the quick thinking of Jameson who blocked the shot.
Submitted by Ian Ferguson on Wednesday, 4 September 2013
Sunday, 1 September 2013
Durham County FA Sunday Cup : First Preliminary Round
RCA Grangetown Florists stumbled into the next round of the County Cup with an unconvincing 3-2 win over Hartlepool Diablos.
Forced to play three full backs in midfield due to various withdrawals, RCA Florists began with a very strong wind in their favour and completely dominated the first half, without ever really looking that convincing. However they went into half time with a 2-0 advantage thanks to goals from skippper Phil Hall and a good finish from Mick Wharton.
The second half produced no real dramas until RCA Florists decided to defend a corner in similar fashion to Crystal Palace's first goal against SAFC to concede and allow Disablos back into the contest with 20 minutes left. Another corner produced the equaliser with ten minutes left when the Diablos' centre forward had a simple unchallenged header from six yards.
Extra time was looming until Jason Gargett received a long diagonal ball from right to left and found himself inside the box at an acute angle beyond the far post, but after taking a good first touch he volleyed left footed into the roof of the net to give RCA Florists a fortunate victory.
Sunderland RCA welcomed high flying Bedlington Terriers to MeadowPark for this EBAC Northern League match.
With three players suspended for today's game it was always going to be a difficult task for RCA. Shields, Dodds, Clough and Goss replacing Fryatt, Wardle, Home-Jackson and Winter respectively in the RCA line up with Jury switching to a central midfield role.
Although RCA had the lion's share of possession and plenty of goal scoring chances they were defeated by a Bedlington team who took full advantage of some below par defending to record their second away win of the season and move to the top of the first division.
The game was slightly delayed due to an injury to the match referee Mr Liddle. The senior referee Ms Robinson took charge of the game with local referee Mr Hargrave coming to the rescue with minutes to spare.
Once again this season RCA showed their resilience and character, down to 10 men in the 42nd minute when captain Adam McGuinness was harshly dismissed, they battled for everything in the second half, scored a goal and defended it superbly.
Today was one of those occasions where a draw felt like a victory. After the poor display on the artificial pitch on Tuesday, RCA were a completely transformed team, the passion was back and the desire to win was back.
Submitted by Rob Jones on Wednesday, 21 August 2013
Tuesday, 20 August 2013
EBAC Northern League Division 1
Goalscorers: Durham: Ward, Harrison, Fenwick SRCA: No scorers.
After the heroics of Saturday in the FA Cup against Spennymoor it was back to league action away to Durham City FC and down to earth with a bump. A below par performance saw RCA well beaten by a well organised Durham team who penetrated our defence at will, while maintaining a solid defence of their own. It could have been so different if RCA had taken advantage of a very bright start but they rarely test the Durham third choice keeper Rhys Jobling.
Submitted by Ian Ferguson on Monday, 19 August 2013
Sunday, 18 August 2013
Sunderland Sunday League Premier Division
RCA Grangetown Florists finaly overcame stubborn resistance from a determined Ryhope CW by three goals to one in a very scrappy game. Ryhope played very tightly in the first half and RCA Florists just could not get into their stride, so 0-0 at half time.
RCA Florists got the breakthrough after 50 minutes when full back Gary Innes foraged forward, exchanged passes on the edge of the box and shot acroos the keeper into the bottom left hand corner. This was quickly followed by a second from a Martin Metcalfe header after 55 minutes.
RCA Florists went 3-0 up after 70 minutes with a similar goal to the first, but this time slotted home by Dean Arkley. Ryhope never gave up and were rewarded with a consolation goal by Anthony Rogerson after 85 minutes to give a final scoreline of 3-1 to RCA Grangetown Florists.