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FA Vase Third Round

Submitted by Colin Wilson on Wednesday, 9 December 2015

RCA's Ross McNab in action during our FA Vase First Round win at Silsden.

This Tuesday, 15 December we will be extending a very warm welcome to the players, officials and fans of Tadcaster Albion, for what we think is the first ever visit of the Yorkshire club to Meadow Park. It's the Third Round of the FA Vase, a big day for clubs at our level, but only one of us can take the dream any further, and both clubs will be determined to be the successful ones.

Tadcaster come here in great form, top of the Northern Counties East League with only three league defeats this season, and they like scoring goals, so they will present us with a real challenge, and a new set of opponents to learn about quickly. We will need to be right up for it, a bit more than last time at West Auckland, where we weren’t at our best and paid the penalty. But we have risen to a lot of challenges so far this season, so hopefully we can rise to this one.

After two trips away in the last couple of rounds it is nice to get a home draw, and hopefully a few new faces will take the chance to check out the match day atmosphere here at Meadow Park.

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Last Legs Challenge - please join us

Submitted by Owen Haley on Monday, 7 December 2015

To mark his final season after 20 years as Northern League chairman, Mike Amos, 70 next year, plans a 500 mile sponsored walk – around 12 pre-match miles to each of the League's 44 grounds.

The Sunderland RCA leg of the Northern League Chairman’s Last Legs Challenge* will start at:

9:00am, Saturday, 19 December from Bournmoor Church

You can join us at later stages of the route.

The first half of the route takes in the River Wear to Cox Green, Penshaw Monument, Herrington Park and The Board Inn, East Herrington, where there will be half time sandwiches and refreshments provided between 11:15 and 12:00. The second half begins with a couple of substitutions and continues to Silksworth Country Park, down the old pit railway track over Ryhope Colliery with full time arrival at Meadow Park for 2pm refreshments – plenty of time to enjoy the pre match for RCA v West Allotment Celtic.

Walkers can also join the group at the top of Penshaw Monument for the team photograph.

This is a pit-themed walk covering three old colliery sites and you need to bring your own helmet!

All walkers are invited to donate a Fiver (or Tenner) and a further bucket collection will be held at Meadow Park - over £10,000 has been raised to date and Mike's target is £20,000.

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Durham Challenge Cup

Submitted by Rob Jones on Friday, 4 December 2015

The next round of the Durham Challenge cup paired us against Durham City away. Due to problems obtaining the a suitable venue this match was put on hold until a permanent agreement was reached between Consett and Durham City.

With the new arrangements in place I can announce today that the Durham Chellenge cup will be played at Consett's Belle Vue ground on Tuesday, 22 December 2015. (Weather permitting).


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