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Bishop Auckland 4 Sunderland RCA 1

Submitted by Rob Jones on Monday, 7 September 2015
Saturday, 5 September 2015 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1

RCA's goal scorer Stephen Callen clashes with Bishop Auckland's Graham Irving.

Goalscorers: Bishops: Johnson (2), Palmer (2). SRCA: Callen.

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After the excellent performance on Monday against Seaham Red Star the management team named the same eleven to start against a Bishop Auckland team which have had a slow start to the season but who had recently beaten Shildon.

Sunderland RCA 2 Seaham Red Star 0

Submitted by Rob Jones on Tuesday, 1 September 2015
Monday, 31 August 2015 - 12:00pm
Northern League 1

Michael Charlton takes evasive action as he is tracked by two Seaham Red Star players in the second half of the match.

Goal-scorers: SRCA: Hope, Thorp (og), SRS: None.

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The last time these two teams met in the league was on a cold Wednesday night on 26 January 2010; on that occasion a certain Liam McBryde came on as a sub for RCA and scored the winning goal in the 80th minute, today he lined up on the opposition's bench maybe looking to repeat the feat for Red Star.

RCA once again made three changes to the team who suffered defeat on Saturday in a 10 goal thriller against Shildon. In came Harkess to replace Morris in goal, Brown and Drysdale returned to the team in place of the injured Hatch and Hughes.

For the first time this season RCA had the advantage of the slope in the first half, not that it matters as the majority of the goals scored at Meadow Park have been scored kicking up the slope.

Sunderland RCA 4 Shildon 6

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 30 August 2015
Saturday, 29 August 2015 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1

James Armstrong clears the ball ahead of ex-RCA man Kyle Fryatt.

Goalscorers: SRCA: Hughes, Callen, Davis, Charlton:   Shildon: Gruelich-Smith (2), Donniger (2), Fryatt, Connor.

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The visitors to Meadow Park today were table topping Shildon boasting an unbeaten League record and without conceeding a goal in the process.

RCA made three changes to the team who won at West Allotment Celtic on Wednesday. Hatch came in at centre half for Byrne, Jury returned replacing Brown and Hughes was preferred to Ryan Noble up front as RCA reverted to a 4-4-2 formation.

West Allotment Celtic 3 Sunderland RCA 5

Submitted by Rob Jones on Thursday, 27 August 2015
Wednesday, 26 August 2015 - 7:30am
Northern League 1

Captain Marvel: Clayton Davis rounded off a trademark dynamic display with a well deserved hat trick.

Goalscorers: WAC: Pearson (2), Lee: SRCA: Davis (3), Hope, Callen.

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The management team made wholesale changes to the starting eleven for the visit to the Blue Flames Stadium.

The team was Morris, Reece Noble, Armstrong, Buchanan, Byrne, Proctor, Davis, Brown, Callen, Ryan Noble, Hope: Subs: Jury, Drysdale, Carr, Hughes, Richardson.

Jarrow Roofing BCA 2 Sunderland RCA 2

Submitted by Rob Jones on Monday, 24 August 2015
Saturday, 22 August 2015 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1

Goalscorers: Roofing: Campbell, Gordon.    SRCA: Proctor (2)

After the disappointment of going out of the FA Cup in injury time at Guisborough in mid week the management team made a number of changes to the team. Wayne Buchanan, transferred from South Shields, was brought in for his debut replacing the unavailable Byrne, Brown replaced Hope and Charlton came in for Hughes. On the bench were new signings Ryan Noble and Ross McNab.

Guisborough Town 3 Sunderland RCA 2

Submitted by Rob Jones on Thursday, 20 August 2015
Wednesday, 19 August 2015 - 7:45pm
The Emirates FA Cup

Goalscorers: SRCA: Hope, Drysdale, Guisborough: Earl, Round, Snaith.

SRCA continued with injury problems before this FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round replay with Harkess pulling up in the warm up, replaced by Morris, Hatch failed a fitness test to start and went on the bench, however Larkin returned and the manager gave a Cliff Byrne his debut. Charlton and Brown were unavailable from Saturday's team.

Sunderland RCA 4 Guisborough Town 4

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 16 August 2015
Saturday, 15 August 2015 - 3:00pm
The Emirates FA Cup

Goalscorers: SRCA: Proctor, Charlton, Hope, Callen.   Guisborough: Earl (2), Steel, Helm.

The injury crisis at RCA was somewhat removed with the return of Harkess, Drysdale and Coe.  Armstrong and Hughes had also shrugged off niggling little injuries, leaving only Larkin and Hatch on the injury list.

The game started in beautiful sunshine and although RCA started brightly they found it difficult to break down Guisborough's well organised defence and it was the visitors who almost opened the scoring in the fifth minute when a freekick from Bettson was not caught cleanly by Harkess and fell to Earl; fortunately for RCA the offside flag had been raised.

Dunston UTS 4 Sunderland RCA 0

Submitted by Rob Jones on Wednesday, 12 August 2015
Tuesday, 11 August 2015 - 7:30pm
Northern League 1

Dunston attack in the second half of the match.

Goalscorers: SRCA: none,      Dunston: Richardson (2), Morien, Smith.

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Please click here for Dunston's match report.

The injury problems continued for RCA ahead of this match, with Drysdale still out with an ankle injury, Larkin failed a fitness test and was replaced by Hope and although Harkess was declared fit Morris retained the number 1 Jersey.

It's a difficult enough task to select a starting eleven with a fully fit squad, but the management team at RCA at the moment are making selections based on who turns up fit on the day.

Sunderland RCA 0 Consett 2

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 9 August 2015
Saturday, 8 August 2015 - 1:00am
Northern League 1

Goalscorers: SRCA: None   Consett:  Sweet, Sullivan.

After a hectic pre season by our standards, eight matches, seven wins and only one defeat the management team had difficult choices to make in picking the starting eleven for the first game of the season against a highly fancied Consett AFC outfit.

Problems arose during the warm up when Adam Drysdale pulled up with a problem with his ankle, a reaction to an injury sustained in Wednesday's friendly. Liam Hatch replaced him and Jonathan Carr was promoted to the bench.

Sunderland RCA 4 AFC Newbiggin 1

Submitted by Rob Jones on Thursday, 6 August 2015
Wednesday, 5 August 2015 - 1:00am

Goalscorers: SRCA: Hughes (2), Hope, Horsley.   AFC Newbiggin: not known.

This was a hastily arranged friendly, after Cramlington FC pulled out of the match scheduled for Tuesday as they only had seven fit players.

Newbiggin of the Northern Alliance came with a game plan: to disrupt the flowing, passing game of RCA and they did a very good job of doing so in the first half.