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Newcastle Benfield 4 Sunderland RCA 1

Submitted by Rob Jones on Thursday, 15 October 2020
Wednesday, 14 October 2020 - 7:30pm
Northern League 1

Sam Smith's Park beckoned for this Ebac Northern League Division 1 clash.

Team selection complicated by the suspensions of O’Neill and Watts, the unavailability of Allen, Armstrong, Carr, Larkin and Davis meant that the formation and selection changed again.

RCA gave a debut in goal to recent signing Keaton Marrs, making it the fourth goalkeeper in four games to play for RCA.

The teams lined up as follows:

Newcastle Benfield: Gordon, Glen-Ravenhill, Parker, Turnbull ©, Varga, Robson, Noble, Slaughter, Brayson, Haley, Salim. Subs: Scott, Slater, Anderson, Cranston, Grant.

Sunderland RCA: Marrs, Forster, Preston, Swansbury ©, Best, Fairley, Elliott, Davison, Callen, Leonard. Subs: Hodgson, Hope, Ward, Larkin, Davis.

Sunderland RCA 2 Shildon 3

Submitted by Rob Jones on Monday, 12 October 2020
Saturday, 10 October 2020 - 3:00pm
The Buildbase FA Vase

Prior to the game RCA players and management joined the Northeast coastal branch of the CWU in starting their campaign to “Show Racism the Red Card” they were joined by Ex-Sunderland AFC players Gary Bennett and Gordon Armstrong.

On the pitch the RCA management team were left with little option but to give a debut to Paul Griffith as both Robbie Dean (self-isolating) and Matty Atkinson (recalled to Marske United) were unavailable. Callaghan Davison and Fairley replaced Allen, O’Neill and Watts.

The teams lined up as follows:

Sunderland RCA: Grifith, Carr, Callaghan, Preston, Swansbury ©, Hodgson, Leonard, Best, Davison, Fairley, Callen. Subs: Forster, Elliott, Davis, O’Neill, Hope, Dorward, Watts.

Shildon AFC: Newbrook, Heywood, Lavery, Moore, Vaulks, Craggs ©, Liddle, Palmer, Thexton, Posthill, Matthews. Subs: Thompson, Naylor, Mallaburn, Trotter, Moody, Sweet, Bateman,

Ashington 3 Sunderland RCA 1

Submitted by Rob Jones on Wednesday, 7 October 2020
Tuesday, 6 October 2020 - 7:45pm
Northern League 1

Ashington was our next away trip up the A1 to play an inform team.

Further Covid problems meant that we were without Dean, Elliott, Callaghan, Griffith and Ward: while missing were Fairley, Hope and Davis adding to the problems was the fact that Errington and Agnew were recalled by their club.

Good news was that Swansbury and Preston were available as were Allen, and Best and all four started tonight.

RCA gave a debut in goal to recent signing Matthew Wilkinson.

The teams lined up as follows:

Ashington: McHugh, Kalthoeber, Gaffney, Emmerson, Coppen ©, Bramley, Taylor, Ross, Harmison, Briggs, Cowburn. Subs: Scott, Slater, Anderson, Cranston, Grant.

Sunderland RCA: Wilkinson, Allen, Carr, Preston, Swansbury ©, Hodgson ©, Leonard, Best, O’Neill, Watts, Callen.

Subs: Davison, Forster, Armstrong, Larkin, Davis.

The start of the match was delayed due to an injury to one of the assistant referees, the referee after consultation agreed to play the game with two officials.

Billingham Town 5 Sunderland RCA 4

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 4 October 2020
Saturday, 3 October 2020 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1

We travelled down the A19 to Billingham Town for today’s EBAC Northern League match.

The unavailability of RCA captain Swansbury along with Callaghan and Elliott and the suspended Best meant that the team who were so convincing on Tuesday would need to be changed again.

Hodgson returned in a defensive role while Watts replaced Best in midfield.

It was refreshing to see Mark Davison and Max Allen on the bench, both returning after long spells out through injury.

The teams lined up as follows:

Billingham Town: Bancroft, C McDonald, Osmond, Emms, Carling, Hinchley, C Wilson, Lavan, Baltazar and Bruton. Subs: Dunlavey, James, Dickinson, Joynes and May.

Sunderland RCA: Dean, Davis, Carr, Forster, Hodgson ©, Watts, Leonard, Hope, O’Neill, Callen and Fairley. Subs: Davison, Errington, Allen, Dorward and Armstrong.

Sunderland RCA 4 Penrith 0

Submitted by Rob Jones on Wednesday, 30 September 2020
Tuesday, 29 September 2020 - 7:45pm
Northern League 1

Tonight we welcomed our Cumbrian friends from Penrith to Sunderland LGV Park.

With mounting injuries and unavailability on the night the management team only had 14 fit players to choose from.

Injuries to Preston Davison and Hodgson and the unavailability of Elliott, and Callaghan meant there were a number of changes to the squad.

The teams lined up as follows:

Sunderland RCA: Dean, Davis, Carr, Forster, Swansbury ©,T Best, Fairley, Hope, O’Neill, Callen and Leonard.

Subs: Watts, Armstrong, Bell, Davison, Preston.

Penrith: Miller, Harker, Metcalfe, May, Hewson, Davidson ©, Storey, Law, Brown, Williamson and Errington.

Subs: Clarke, Forrester, J Best, Grandison

Sunderland RCA 2 Whitley Bay 3

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 27 September 2020
Saturday, 26 September 2020 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1

A windy Sunderland LGV Park greeted today’s visitors Whitley Bay. Both teams were in FA Cup action during the week with Whitley Bay winning 3-2 against Witton Albion to set up a match against Blyth Spartans while our fate was settled by an injury time blitz by Prescot Cables.

Today’s game saw the introduction of a 150 limit on the gate, the late announcement of this meant that it was not viable to issue tickets for the game.

Injuries to Preston and Hodgson meant a change in the team formation for the match:

The teams lined up as follows

Sunderland RCA: Dean, Davis, Callaghan, Forster, Swansbury ©, Best, Fairley, Elliott, O’Neill, Hope, Callen

Subs: Hodgson, Leonard, Watts, Carr, Agnew.

Whitley Bay: Bannon, Lowery, Dunn, Hennis, Hamilton, Gillesphey ©, Orrell, Robinson, Shanks, M Weirs, J Weirs. Subs: Taylor, Coulson, Jasper, Thompson, Annang-Colouhoun.

Sunderland RCA 0 Prescot Cables 4

Submitted by Rob Jones on Wednesday, 23 September 2020
Tuesday, 22 September 2020 - 7:45pm
The Emirates FA Cup

Sunderland RCA welcomed Prescott Cables of the Northern Premier League to Sunderland LGV Park for this 1st Qualifying Round of the FA Cup.

This is the first time that the clubs have met and unfortunately the circumstances surrounding the playing of the game meant that we were not able to offer our usual standard of hospitality especially as our visitors had travelled over three hours to get here.

The RCA management team included Nathan O’Neill in the starting lineup after a number of weeks out through injury. James Fairley, nursing a slight injury was on the bench.

The teams lined up as follows:

Sunderland RCA: Dean, Forster, Callaghan, Preston, Swansbury ©, Hodgson, Leonard, Elliott, O’Neill, Watts, Hope;

 Subs: Best, Davis, Armstrong, Ward, Fairley, Bell

Prescot Cables: Allen, Edgerton, Johnstone, McCulloch, Cooper, Jackson, White, , Korie-Butler ,Monaghan, Hamilton ;

Subs: Van-Aston, Myler, Corness, McMilan, Fleming, Staunton.

Sunderland RCA 1 Stockton Town 0

Submitted by Rob Jones on Thursday, 17 September 2020
Tuesday, 15 September 2020 - 7:45pm
Northern League 1

Sunderland RCA welcomed Stockton Town to the Sunderland LGV Stadium for this EBAC Northern League fixture.

Both sides were involved in FA Cup action at the weekend with Stockton Town coming out on top with a late winner against Billingham Town, while RCA were very impressive in their 2-0 victory over Thornaby at Teesdale Park.

RCA were forced to make changes as both Fairley and Carr were ruled out, into the team came the experienced Preston and Larkin with Watts the provider of both goals on Saturday replacing Dorward.

The teams lined up as follows:

Sunderland RCA: Dean, Forster, Callaghan, Preston, Swansbury (C), Hodgson, Leonard, Elliott, Larkin, Hope, Watts.

Subs: Best, Callen, Armstrong, Ward, Bell

Stockton Town: C.Roberts, King, McWilliams, Henry, D.Mulligan, Coulthard, Franks, Robinson (Portas 73’), Craggs (N.Mulligan 64’), Owens (M.Roberts 70’), Hayes.

Subs: Mulligan, M. Roberts, Risborough, Portas, Woodhouse.

Thornaby 0 Sunderland RCA 2

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 13 September 2020
Saturday, 12 September 2020 - 3:00pm
The Emirates FA Cup

After a week full of uncertainty surrounding football at all levels and our specific injury problems off the pitch we were finally attending a much rejuvenated Teesdale Park for this FA Cup Preliminary round match against a much changed Thornaby team who have started a massive rebuilding exercise both on and off the park in the close season.

There was a crowd of 300 to watch the match and it was brilliant to see so many familiar RCA supporters at the ground with around 50 making the trip down the A19.

The ever growing injury list has been compounded by the withdrawal of loan players and work commitments which left 11 players unavailable for selection.

This meant that the side selected was one of, if not, the youngest team ever selected for RCA with an average age of 25. The management team brought Thomas Bell into the squad. Tom played in the under’17s team which won the league cup last week.

The teams lined up as follows:

Sunderland RCA: Dean, Carr, Callaghan, Forster, Swansbury ©,Hodgson, Dorward, Elliott, Leonard, Hope, Fairley; Subs: Watts, Ward, Bell, Armstrong.

Thornaby: Konstantopoulos, Roddam, Flounder, Drummond, Frazer, Taylor, Beddows, Kenny, Murphy, Hopson © Robinson; Subs: Hannah, Gardener, Foley, Rye, Carter, McGukin.

The teams took to the pitch on a gloriously sunny day to warm applause from both sets of supporters.

Sunderland RCA 1 Ryhope CW 1

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 6 September 2020
Saturday, 5 September 2020 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1

Sunderland RCA welcomed Ryhope CW to The Sunderland LGV Stadium for the opening league game of the season.

Both teams were in action mid week in the FA Cup with RCA winning against Durham City while RCW were defeated by Consett.

We also welcome every one of the 206 spectators who made the effort to attend; we thank them for their patience and compliance with the COVID restrictions in place.

As always the work done behind the scenes tends to go unnoticed so we again thank the ground staff Dave and George for presenting a pitch in fantastic condition also thanks to the committee and volunteers who have worked so hard to get this match on.If you feel you would like to get involved i.e. help out in some way, either on match days or the days leading to a game, please speak to the Secretary, Chairman or any of the Committee members. “Many hands make light work”.

On to the teams for today, RCA had to make changes to the team from Tuesday night with Fairley failing a fitness test, Preston unavailable and when O’Neill pulled up in the warm-up another change was required. RCW also had injury problems with Winter and Price both unable to play.

The teams lined up as follows:

Sunderland RCA: Dean, Forster, Callaghan, Errington, Swansbury ©, Hodgson, C Davis, Elliott, Callen, Hope, Davison; Subs: Best, Larkin, Carr, Armstrong, Dorward.

Ryhope CW: Harkess, Morris, Gordon, Riding ©, Walker, Trewick, K Davis, Wallace, Hird, Hotchkiss, Bird; Subs: Winter, Weirs, Vincent, Ellis, Judson.