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Whickham 0 Sunderland RCA 3

Submitted by Tim Robinson on Thursday, 9 August 2018
Wednesday, 8 August 2018 - 7:30pm
Northern League 1
Luke Page in first half action against Whickham

Luke Page rises high in typically dynamic fashion. (More photos from the match here, where the photographer has been distracted by the Whickham sunset.)

Teams

Whickham
Morden, Lancaster, Hedley, Martin, Clasper, Peareth (C) (74), Wharton, Burrell (70), Teasdale, Collins (74), Mole. Bench: Brown, Jelley (74), Belford, Norton (74), Fisher (70).

Sunderland RCA
Pocklington, Clayton Davis, McNab, Lilley, Swansbury (C), Armstrong (65), Charlton, Elliott (75), Davison (78), Page, Callen. Bench: Larkin, Finch, McGuinness (78), Preston (65), Jonathan Davis (75).

Officials

Referee: Mr Craig Dean. Assistant referees: Mr David Fittes and Mr Karl Barron.

Goals

Sunderland RCA: Stephen Callen (2), Luke Page.

This was a match - far from a classic, to put it politely - where RCA deservedly came out on top, but were challenged by a determined and physical Whickham side. The home team had good openings to both halves of the match. RCA captain Greg Swansbury and his central defensive partner (later right back), Sam Lilley were both singled out for praise by manager Martin Swales, along with Stephen Callen, who after scoring a goal in each half, frustratingly missed out on a hat trick in added time. I would also mention Luke Page, who played number 10 before dropping back to a more familiar midfield position after RCA's second goal, for a typically dynamic performance. There was some discussion of whether it was Luke or Adam McGuinness who scored RCA's third, but RCA secretary Chris Lowther was on hand to say it was Page's goal.

Sunderland RCA 0 Newcastle Benfield 1

Submitted by Tim Robinson on Sunday, 5 August 2018
Saturday, 4 August 2018 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1
My ball! Frustration is probably the best word for RCA's experience today.

My ball! Frustration is probably the best word for RCA's experience today. More photos here.

The start of today’s match was overshadowed when RCA’s new goalkeeping coach Lenny French was taken ill with a suspected heart attack. An ambulance attended and Lenny was taken to hospital where successful surgery was performed. We understand that Lenny is now recovering and he sends his thanks to all who supported him at the ground. We all wish him the very best.

Teams

Sunderland RCA
Finch, Clayton Davis, McNab (60), Lilley, Swansbury, Hodgson (84), Charlton, Page, Davison, Larkin, Callen (75). Bench: Elliott (60), Kokoska, McGuinness (84), Moan (75), Robinson.

Newcastle Benfield
Grainger, Evans, Martin, Slaughter, Robson, Scott, Orrell, Laidler, Brayson, Hales, Holmes. Bench: Devlin, Pearson, McCarthy, McEvoy, Scott.

Officials

Referee: Mr Matthew East Assistant referees: Mr Christopher Armstrong and Mr  Mark Bell.

Goals

Newcastle Benfield: Paul Brayson.

Sunderland RCA 4 Jarrow Roofing BCA 1

Submitted by Simon Mears on Friday, 4 May 2018
Thursday, 3 May 2018 - 7:30pm
Northern League 1

Nathan O'Neill bursts through the Jarrow Roofing defence.

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For Connor Lamb's match report please click here.

Goal scorers - RCA: Callen (2); Elliott; Charlton. Jarrow Roofing: Anderson.

Sunderland RCA went into tonight's match with Jarrow Roofing knowing that a win would guarantee fourth-place and would equal RCA’s best ever Northern League finish.

RCA again made one change to the side that won at Newton Aycliffe last night, with Stephen Callen returning in place of Colin Larkin.

The two sides lined up as follows:

RCA: Pocklington; Armstrong; McNab; Preston; Swansbury (c); Elliott; Charlton; Hodgson; O'Neill; Page; Callen. Subs: Larkin; Limbo; McGuinness; Noble; Ashton.

Jarrow Roofing; Regan; Varga; Walton; Vipond; Myers; Marshall (c); Gardiner; Petrache; Campbell; Anderson; Palmer.

Newton Aycliffe 0 Sunderland RCA 2

Submitted by Simon Mears on Thursday, 3 May 2018
Wednesday, 2 May 2018 - 7:30pm
Northern League 1

RCA captain Greg Swansbury sees the ball out of play late in the match, recording a third successive clean sheet.

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Goal scorers - RCA: Elliott; Page.

Sunderland RCA travelled to Newton Aycliffe tonight knowing that wins tonight and at home to Jarrow Roofing on Thursday would guarantee a fourth-place finish.

RCA made one change to the side that hammered Bishop Auckland on Monday night, with Colin Larkin replacing Stephen Callen.

The two sides lined up as follows:

Aycliffe: McLaren; Banks; Weldon; Brown (c); Browne; Grant-Soulsby; Jewson; Costello; Stephenson; Trotter; Matthews.

RCA: Pocklington; Armstrong; McNab; Preston; Swansbury (c); Elliott; Charlton; Hodgson; O'Neill; Page; Larkin. Subs: Ashton; Morris; McGuinness; Noble; Limbo.

Sunderland RCA 7 Bishop Auckland 0

Submitted by Simon Mears on Tuesday, 1 May 2018
Tuesday, 1 May 2018 - 1:30pm
Northern League 1

Stephen Callen scored a sensational five minute second half hat-trick.

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For Peter Jackson's photos from the match please click here.

Goal scorers - RCA: Elliott; Swansbury; Page (2); Callen (3).

With a fourth-place finish in the league still within reach, Sunderland RCA went into tonight's home game with Bishop Auckland with plenty to play for in this busy final week of the season.

Scott Pocklington returned in goal, replacing Keith Finch, in RCA's only change to the side that beat Guisborough Town on Saturday.

The two sides lined up as follows:

RCA: Pocklington; Armstrong; McNab; Preston; Swansbury (c); Elliott; Charlton; Hodgson; O'Neill; Page; Callen. Subs: Larkin; Morris; Jonathan Davis; Ashton; McEwan.

Bishop Auckland: McHugh; Tait; Hart; Dinsdale; Hassan; Grant; Thompson; Richardson; Winn; McAloon; Goundry.

Sunderland RCA 3 Guisborough Town 0

Submitted by Simon Mears on Sunday, 29 April 2018
Saturday, 28 April 2018 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1

Michael Charlton scored RCA's second goal with a close range header.

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For Daniel Clark's photos from the match please click here.

Goal scorers - RCA: Elliott; Charlton; Jonathan Davis.

Guisborough Town were the visitors to Meadow Park for this afternoon's Northern League match.

RCA made one change to the side that drew a cracking match at Morpeth on Thursday - Ross Preston returned to the side in place of Colin Larkin, with Craig Hodgson moved back into central midfield and Luke Page switched from midfield to play up front alongside Nathan O'Neill.

The two sides lined up as follows:

RCA: Finch; Armstrong; McNab; Preston; Swansbury (c); Elliott; Charlton; Hodgson; O'Neill; Page; Callen. Subs: Ashton; Pocklington; Limbo; Jonathan Davis; McEwan.

Guisborough: Nixon (c); Mills; Ferguson; Bythway; Lovatt; Close; Roberts; Seaton; McNeill; Robinson; Goldsack.

Morpeth Town 3 Sunderland RCA 3

Submitted by Simon Mears on Friday, 27 April 2018
Thursday, 26 April 2018 - 7:30pm
Northern League 1

Dylan Elliott gives RCA an early lead with a cool finish.

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Goal scorers - Morpeth: O.G.; Henderson; Taylor. RCA: Elliott; Larkin (2).

Following Monday's 1-1 draw with Consett at Meadow Park, Sunderland RCA made the trip to Morpeth Town tonight looking to extend an unbeaten run of six matches.

RCA made three changes to the side which drew on Monday - Reece Noble was named in the starting line-up, but was injured during the warm-up and replaced at right back by James Armstrong. Keith Finch replaced Scott Pocklington in goal and Dylan Elliott returned to central midfield in place of Ross Preston, with Craig Hodgson moving from central midfield to centre half, alongside captain Greg Swansbury.

The two sides lined up as follows:

Morpeth: Dryden; Carson; McDonald; Sayer; Turner; Reid; Taylor; Graydon (c); Walton; Henderson; Phillips.

RCA: Finch; Armstrong; McNab; Hodgson; Swansbury (c); Elliott; Charlton; Page; O'Neill; Larkin; Callen. Subs: Noble; Limbo; Ashton; Parnaby.

Sunderland RCA 1 Consett 1

Submitted by Simon Mears on Tuesday, 24 April 2018
Monday, 23 April 2018 - 7:30pm
Northern League 1

RCA man of the match Greg Swansbury clears the ball during the second half.

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Goal scorers - RCA: Larkin. Consett: O.G.

As the season draws to a close, Sunderland RCA began a busy spell of six matches in 11 days tonight, with Consett the visitors to Meadow Park.

RCA made two changes to the side that thrashed Bishop Auckland last Wednesday - Scott Pocklington returned in goal in place of Keith Finch, and Reece McEwan made his full debut for RCA, replacing Michael Charlton.

The two sides lined up as follows:

RCA: Pocklington; Noble; McNab; Preston; Swansbury (c); Hodgson; McEwan; Page; O'Neill; Larkin; Callen. Subs: Armstrong; Finch; Elliott; Jonathan Davis; Ashton.

Consett: Hayes; Lawrence; Kay; McKinnon; Purewal; Slocombe; Mackay; Smith; Sweet; Dowson; Male.

Bishop Auckland 0 Sunderland RCA 6

Submitted by Simon Mears on Thursday, 19 April 2018
Wednesday, 18 April 2018 - 7:45pm
Northern League 1
Stuart Thompson and Ross McNab

Supermac: Ross McNab clears the ball under pressure from former RCA player Stuart Thompson.

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For Peter Jackson's photos from the match please click here.

Goal scorers - RCA: Page (2); Callen (2); O'Neill; Preston.

After three consecutive postponements last week, Sunderland RCA were back in action tonight, making the trip to Bishop Auckland, looking for a fifth win a row.

RCA made two changes to the side that beat Newcastle Benfield last time out - Scott Pocklington replaced Keith Finch in goal, and Ross Preston returned at centre half replacing Dylan Elliott, with Craig Hodgson moving from centre half to central midfield.

The two sides lined up as follows:

Bishop Auckland: Young; Hart; Hoganson; Galpin; Tobin; Dinsdale; Jury; Ryder; Winn; McAloon; Richardson.

RCA: Pocklington; Noble; McNab; Preston; Swansbury (c); Hodgson; Charlton; Page; O'Neill; Larkin; Callen. Subs: Armstrong; Finch; McGuinness; Jonathan Davis; McEwan.

Sunderland RCA 3 Newcastle Benfield 1

Submitted by Simon Mears on Sunday, 8 April 2018
Saturday, 7 April 2018 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1

Craig Hodgson carries the ball out of defence during the second half of the match.

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For Newcastle Benfield's match report please click here.

Goal scorers: RCA: O'Neill (3). Benfield: Orrell.

Two of the League's in-form sides met at Meadow Park this afternoon - Sunderland RCA were looking for a sixth win in seven, and a fourth in a row. Newcastle Benfield, meanwhile, are on a terrific run, winning their last six and nine of their last ten.

RCA made one change to the side that won impressively at West Auckland last Saturday, with Keith Finch returning in goal in place of Scott Pocklington.

The two sides lined up as follows:

RCA: Finch; Noble; McNab; Hodgson; Swansbury (c); Elliott; Charlton; Page; O'Neill; Larkin; Callen. Subs: Armstrong; McEwan; McGuinness; Preston; Parnaby.

Benfield: Grainger; Evans; Martin; Forbes; Pendlebury; Turnbull (c); Orrell; McEvoy; Brayson; Devlin; Scott.

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