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.
With so many of RCA's players unavailable for selection through injury and various other reasons it was a much changed team that took the field for this FA Cup extra preliminary round tie against Spennymoor Town at the Brewery Field.
On the injury front it was bad news for Jack Lilley who will be out for the rest of the season with a torn cruciate ligament. Better news on the injury to Kyle Morris who has strained ankle ligaments and is expected back with the next 10 days.
The management team were forced to make changes for tonight's visit of Newcastle Benfield, Halliday retained the midfield slot replacing Brown (working), Gary Shields came in for the injured Morris (Ankle Ligament damage) and Kris Summers replaced Clough (working).
Well, here we are again the start of a new season and it starts with a trip to West Auckland, not the easiest of places to visit.
RCA acquitted themselves well in a hard fought draw and it could have been a lot better after three very good first half efforts were squandered. Although West retained possession for long periods in the second half it was RCA who created the best chances in a very well contested first game of the season.
The management team have put together a good, hard working squad which will do well if we can retain their services and remain relatively injury free.