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Sunderland RCA 4 Consett 1

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 10 March 2019
Saturday, 9 March 2019 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1

Goal scorer Nathan O'Neill in action during the first half of the match.

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Sunderland RCA welcomed second placed Consett to Meadow Park for this Northern League encounter. RCA were looking to bounce back after last week’s defeat at Hebburn. The management team made four changes bringing in Anthony Patterson (on work experience from SAFC) for his debut in goal, there were also starts for Elliott, McAloon and Moan who replaced Pocklington, Preston (injured), Davison (injured) and Charlton.

The teams lined up as follows:

Sunderland RCA:  Patterson, Howard, Lavery, Hodgson, Swansbury ©, Elliott, McAloon, Page, Moan, O’Neill, Larkin. Subs: Charlton, Croft, Lilley, McNab, Davison.

Consett: Hayes, Green, Holden, Slocombe, Purewal ©, Hawkins, Lawrence, Smith, Sweet, Cornish, Juul. Subs: Cassidy, Mackay, Craggs, Carr, Wilkinson.

Hebburn Town 3 Sunderland RCA 2

Submitted by Simon Mears on Sunday, 3 March 2019
Saturday, 2 March 2019 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1

Captain Greg Swansbury scores RCA's first goal of the match.

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Sunderland RCA travelled to Hebburn Town for this afternoon’s Northern League Division One fixture.

Going into the match, both sides were in good form in the league, with Hebburn unbeaten in their last five, including the remarkable 9-0 win at Whitley Bay a fortnight ago. RCA, meanwhile, are on a terrific run in the league, winning the last five matches, and moving up to sixth place in the league table in the process, and with the chance to match last season's fourth-place finish still very much in sight.

RCA made two changes to the side that won with a stoppage time goal at Newton Aycliffe - Michael Charlton and Mark Davison replaced Thomas McAloon and Dominic Moan, both of whom took places on the bench.

The two sides lined up as follows:

Hebburn Town: Jennison; Read; Shaw; Storey (c); Gilhespy; Donaghy; Suddick; Spence; Armstrong; Richardson; Robson. Subs: Sullivan; Stephenson; Chow; Dibb-Fuller; Malley.

Sunderland RCA: Pocklington; Howard; Lavery; Preston; Swansbury (c); Hodgson; Charlton; Page; Davison; O'Neill; Larkin. Subs: Elliott; McAloon; Moan; Lilley; McNab.

Newton Aycliffe 0 Sunderland RCA 1

Submitted by Rob Jones on Wednesday, 27 February 2019
Tuesday, 26 February 2019 - 7:30pm
Northern League 1

Luke Page scored a dramatic stoppage time winner for RCA.

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Sunderland RCA travelled to Moore Lane to play Newton Aycliffe in the rearranged EBAC Northern League division 1 fixture.

The RCA management team made only one change to the team that beat Bishops on Saturday, O’Neill replacing the injured Davison who failed a late fitness test.

Stephen Callen continued his rehabilitation with an extensive warmed up with the team prior to the match.

The teams lined up as follows:   

Sunderland RCA:  Pocklington, Howard, Lavery, Preston, Swansbury ©, McAloon, C Hodgson, Page, O’Neill, Moan, Larkin.                                  

Subs: Charlton, Croft, Lilley, McNab, Elliott.                                                                   

Newton Aycliffe: Pickford, Gash, Matthews, Harrison, Mitton ©, Brown, Wood, Howes, Hudson, Carr, Costello.

Subs: Gavin, Home-Jackson, Thompson, Byrne, Rowe.

Sunderland RCA 2 Bishop Auckland 0

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 24 February 2019
Saturday, 23 February 2019 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1

On the Mark: RCA striker Mark Davison scored his 100th goal for the club during the first half of the match.

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Peter Jackson's photos from the match are here.

Sunderland RCA welcomed second placed Bishop Auckland to Meadow Park for this Northern League Division 1 fixture.

The visitors were undefeated in the league since 6 October, when we beat them 2 -1 at Heritage Park, a phenomenal record and one I am sure that Ian Chandler and his backroom staff are very proud of.

Shildon 2 Sunderland RCA 3

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 17 February 2019
Saturday, 16 February 2019 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1

 

Sunderland RCA travelled to Dean Street, for their Ebac Northern League encounter with Shildon. Expectations were high for an entertaining game after their encounter in the FA Vase in December.

RCA kept the same starting eleven that beat Whitley Bay at Hillheads, on the bench Sam Lilley replaced Clayton Davis as the only change to the squad.

The teams lined up as follows:

Sunderland RCA: Pocklington, Howard, Lavery, Preston, Swansbury (c), Moan, K Davis, Page, Davison, O’Neill, Larkin. Subs: Hodgson, Charlton, Croft, McAloon, Lilley.

Shildon: Newbrook, Heywood, Robson, Moore, Curl, Duell, Palmer, Trotter (c), Atkinson, Steel, Gruelich-Smith. Subs: Ellison, Hird, Eltringham, Johnson, Waters.

Whitley Bay 2 Sunderland RCA 3

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 27 January 2019
Saturday, 26 January 2019 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1

Goal scorer Kyle Davis attacks during the second half of the match.

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For Whitley Bay's match report please click here.

Sunderland RCA travelled to Hillheads for this Ebac Northern League encounter with Whitley Bay. RCA made two changes to the team that played in the Durham Challenge Cup against South Shields on Tuesday, Lavery and Moan replacing McAloon and Hodgson.
The teams lined up as follows:    

Sunderland RCA:  Pocklington, Howard, Lavery, Preston, Swansbury, Moan, K Davis, Page, Davison, O’Neill, Larkin.

Subs: Hodgson, Charlton, Croft, McAloon, C. Davis.

Whitley Bay: Logan, McFarlane, Christensen, Hassan, L Taylor, Glen-Ravenhill ©, Redford, Ardelean,Wright, Martin.

Subs: Brannen, Carr, Caines, Ramsey, Cooper.

Sunderland RCA 2 South Shields 5

Submitted by Rob Jones on Wednesday, 23 January 2019
Tuesday, 22 January 2019 - 7:30pm
Durham County FA Challenge Cup

Captain Greg Swansbury - scorer of RCA's first goal - thwarts a South Shields attack.

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For Connor Lamb's match report please click here.

Sunderland RCA FC crashed out of the Durham Challenge Cup as South Shields march into the semi-finals. A 6.30 inspection of the pitch by match referee Mr Marc Edwards verified that the match was on.

The teams lined up as follows:

Sunderland RCA: Pocklington, Howard, Larkin, Preston, Swansbury (c), Hodgson, K Davis, Page, Davison, O’Neill, McAloon

Subs: Croft, C Davis, Charlton, Jury, Kokoska

South Shields: Lister, Biwer, Scott, Shaw (c), Brown, Mouanda, Lowe, Briggs, Harmison, Guy, Cogdon

Subs: Morse,Baxter, Thompson, Cowburn, Allasan.

Sunderland RCA 2 West Auckland Town 0

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 20 January 2019
Saturday, 19 January 2019 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1


Photographs from Andy Mitchell are here.

Sunderland RCA entertained West Auckland Town in the fourth meeting between the two teams this season. RCA winning two of the three played so far but notably losing to a last minute goal in the FA Vase.

The teams lined up as follows:    

Sunderland RCA: Pocklington, Howard, Lavery, Preston, Swansbury (C), Hodgson, K Davis, Moan, Davison, O’Neill, McAloon.  

Subs: Page, C Davis, Croft, Lilley, Larkin.                                                       

West Auckland Town FC: Bland, Morris, Price, Cobain (C), Hunter, Colquhoun, Mitchell, Snaith, Dowson, Purewal, Burnicle.                                   

Subs: Dodds, Heggarty, Heaney, Francis, Coulson.

Goalscorers: O.G. (Cobain), Davison.

Dunston UTS 2 Sunderland RCA 1

Submitted by Simon Mears on Sunday, 13 January 2019
Saturday, 12 January 2019 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1

Thomas McAloon fires in a first half shot.

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Following last week’s agonising FA Vase defeat at home to West Auckland Town, Sunderland RCA returned to Northern League action this afternoon with a trip to high-flying Dunston UTS.

RCA made two changes to the side that lost last Saturday to West Auckland - Jordan Lavery, making his full RCA debut, replaced the injured Ross McNab at left back, and Thomas McAloon started on the left wing in place of Dominic Moan.

The two sides lined up as follows:

Dunston UTS: Dryden; Marrs; Halliday (c); Stafford; Grant-Soulsby; Capewell; Jack Elliott; Pearson; Fitzpatrick; Heslop; Brooks. Subs: Callum Elliott; Haley; Nellis; Jackson.

Sunderland RCA: Pocklington; Lilley; Lavery; Preston; Swansbury (c); Hodgson; Charlton; Page; O'Neill; Larkin; McAloon. Subs: Croft; Tsapalos; Kyle Davis; Moan; Davison.

Sunderland RCA 0 West Auckland 1 (AET)

Submitted by Ryan Prentice on Monday, 7 January 2019
Saturday, 5 January 2019 - 3:00pm
The Buildbase FA Vase

Luke Page in acrobatic action during the first half of the match.

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Sunderland RCA crashed out of the FA Vase fourth round, after a last minute goal in extra time gave West Auckland the win and progression in the tournament.

Both sides battled throughout the 120 minutes of action, but ultimately a Lewis Dodds tap-in was the difference between the Northern League teams.

RCA had chances throughout to take the lead with Michael Charlton having the best opportunity mid-way through the first half hitting the post when one on one, after a clever flick from Nathan O'Neill played him in.

Equally, Scott Pocklinton was called into action a number of times saving well with his feet early on and tipped a looping cross away from goal later in the half. 

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