A trip down the A19 to “Teesdale Park” for the RCA faithful to play Thornaby who are currently bottom of the League but who enjoyed a fantastic 4 – 0 win at Eccleshill United on Saturday in the FA Vase.
A pleasantly uneventful trip with none of the usual holdup associated with the A19.
What was also pleasantly surprising was the amount of changes that have been made to Teesdale Park since our last visit. The club should be rightly proud of what they have achieved in a relatively short period of time. A massive well done from all at RCA.
Back to team news for the match, defensive problems continue to blight our team selections with Lilley ruled out after a fitness test, Preston, C Davis and Hodgson remain on the injury list so it was a makeshift back four of Allen, Swansbury, McNab and Moan that were to take to the pitch.
The teams lined up as follows:
SRCA: Dean, Allen, Moan, McNab, Swansbury ©,Callen, Leonard, Elliott, Davison, O’Neill, Davis. Subs: Charlton, Ezard, Dorward, Slack, Green.
Thornaby: Beblowski, Dougall, Wilson, Guru, Simpson, Posthill, Scaife-Wheatley ©, Green, Murphy, Preston, Chapman. Subs: Cooke, Drummond, Morrison, Hutchinson, Ward.
A lovely balmy evening greeted the players and the pitch looked in good condition.