Match reports

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

Bishop Auckland FC 1 Sunderland RCA FC 2

Saturday, 26 October 2013

EBAC Northern League Division 1

Goalscorers: Bishops: Douglas SRCA: Barton, Baynes.

RCA visit Heritage Park twice in a week, on Saturday, to play Bishop's in the EBAC Northern League and next Wednesday, to play Darlington 1883 in the Durham Challenge Cup.

The injury bug appears to have returned with goalkeeper Jonathan Carmichael ruled out with a groin injury. Also missing was Daniel Wray who is abroad for the weekend. Taking their places for the match were Andrew Spence in goal and Liam Clough in central defence. The return of Gavin Barton to partner Callum Patton up front meant that Kyle Morris missed out.

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Sunderland RCA FC 3 Team Northumbria FC 0

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

EBAC Northern League Division 1

Goalscorers: SRCA, Morris, Wray, Home-Jackson:  Team North: None.

After the disappointment of Saturday's exit from the FA Vase RCA were back in League action tonight against Team  Northumbria who they beat in the last round of the Vase.

The starting line up saw the return of Wilson and Horsman with Fryatt retaining the outside right berth after his impressive introduction on Saturday. Morris partnered Patton up front.

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RCA Grangetown Florists 4 Northallerton Sportsman 3

Sunday, 20 October 2013

Carlsberg FA Sunday Cup : First Round

RCA Grangetown Florists began their journey in the National FA Sunday Cup with an exciting 4-3 victory over Northallerton Sportsman FC.

In perfect conditions Spotsman took an early lead when the outstanding Anderson got behind the Florists defence and crossed low and hard for a easy tap in from close range. Florists responded well and drew level after 10 minutes when Scott Kelly drove home from the edge of the box following good work down the left flank. Things got better five minutes later when a long cross to the far post was met by MOM Martin Metcalfe's header into the path of returning Gareth Hill to bundle home from close range.

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Bridlington Town FC 2 Sunderland RCA FC 0

Kyle Morris makes progress against the Bridlington defence as captain John Jury looks on.

Saturday, 19 October 2013

FA Vase 1st Round

Please click here for photos from the match.

RCA made the long trip to Bridlington Town for this FA Vase First Round tie and once again there were significant changes made to the team, with Phil Horsman and Nathan Wilson cup-tied and leading goal scorer Gavin Barton suspended it meant a first run out of the season for Ross Preston and a debut for Callum Patton. Other changes saw Clough, Halliday and Hassan recalled to the team.

Please click here for the match report from the Bridlington Freepress. While a little biased towards the home team, it gives a good account of the match. Click here for video reaction to the match and here for the Bridlington Town match report.

Although this was not the result that RCA were looking for it highlighted the areas where we are vulnerable. It also highlighted out ability to control possession right up until the final third of the pitch where we seem to run out of ideas.

We have seen improvement in the team in the last few weeks. We just need to start turning that improvement into points.

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Whitley Bay FC 5 Sunderland RCA FC 2

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

EBAC Northern League Division 1

Goalscorers: Whitley Bay: Chow (3), Rivers, Smith:   SRCA: Hassan, Fryatt.

RCA were undone by a combination of poor defending and some good Whitley Bay defending.

Both teams made forced changes to their squads for the match. RCA have lost the services of Edwards who has decided once again that the grass is greener elsewhere. They gave debuts to three players, Daniel Wray, Nathan Wilson and Steven Baynes while notable absentees from the Whitley Bay team were Leon Ryan and Tom Kindley they also gave a debut to Robert Nolan. Both keepers lined up against their former clubs. 

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Billingham Town FC 2 Sunderland RCA FC 4

Saturday, 5 October 2013

EBAC Northern League Division 1

RCA were on their travels again, this time down the A19 to Billingham Town FC who are languishing at the bottom of the table with no points from nine games, although a narrow defeat by West Auckland in midweek will have lifted their confidence.

With all the comings and goings in the last few weeks the team was once again changed for this match and it is as well to just list the team rather than go through the changes: Carmichael, Aaron Brown, Harrison, Horsman, Summers, Edwards, Fryatt, Jury, Barton, Home-Jackson, Morris. Subs: Clough, Andrew Brown, Wilson, Henderson, Hassan.

A beautiful autumn day greeted the teams as they walked onto the pitch.

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Ashington AFC 4 Sunderland RCA FC 0

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

EBAC Northern League Division 1

Goalscorers:  Ashington: Johnson (2), Taylor, Walton.  SRCA: None 

Once again RCA have been hit by injuries, Horsman was admitted to hospital on Sunday and Callaghan has a groin injury. Henderson and Home-Jackson took their place in the starting line up. Further problems were to follow in the warm up with Shields pulling up with an ankle injury and being replaced by Fryatt. 

Not ideal preparation for a match against an Ashington team who had won their last four matches.

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