Luke Page makes a typical driving run through midfield during the home win over Whickham.

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Sunderland RCA play at Meadow Park, Ryhope in the Northern League Division 1. We also play in the Sunderland Sunday League Premier Division.

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Sunderland RCA 1 Newton Aycliffe 0

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 24 March 2019
Saturday, 23 March 2019 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1

Sunderland RCA entertained Newton Aycliffe at Meadow Park for this  EBAC Northern League Division 1 fixture.

The RCA management team made two changes to the team that beat Whickham on Tuesday night, K Davis replaced McAloon and Charlton replaced Larkin. There was also a welcome return to the bench for Preston who returns from injury.

Sunderland RCA: Patterson, Howard, Lavery, Hodgson, Swansbury ©, O’Neill, K Davis, Page, Moan, Davison, Charlton. Subs: McNab, Lilley, Croft, McAloon, Preston.

Newton Aycliffe: Pickford, Brown ©, Metz, Harrison, McNamara, Gavin, Wood, Carr, Hudson, Gash, Costello. Subs: Richardson, Matthews, Barnes, Ballam, Phelan.

Aaron Croft profile

Submitted by Mark Cowan on Saturday, 23 March 2019

1 - Nickname - “Crofty”

2 - Position - Central midfield

3 - Previous Clubs - Seaham Red Star, Jarrow Roofing, Chester-le-Street, Easington, Hebburn and Washington.

4 - Best moment in football - Winning the All England Cup at Ewood Park and scoring a bullet.

5 - Best goal scored - Don’t score many cos I like to give the other lads a chance, but I’d say either my goal at Ewood in the final or playing for Hebburn against Newcastle Benfield, taking on four players and slotting it bottom corner.

6 - Best player you’ve played with and against - Best player played with Ryan Donaldson and best player played against Julio Arca.

7 - Best and worst in training - Would have been Pocks cos he was never there, but worst has to be Swaz when he joins in. Kills which ever team he is on and doesn’t move out of a 10x10 area. Best trainer has to be Swanna! Standard 10/10 winning attitude as he does in a game and puts a shift in.

8 - Best and worst craic - Best crack Ross or Spider - not Pagey! Worst craic definitely Tom Mac, quieter than me and always looks wiped out.

9 - Best and worst dressed - Haven’t had a night out with the lads yet so a tough one. Going off the little knowledge I have, Swaz worst dressed cos he dresses like he is 18 again. Best dressed will probably be me, but we will have to wait for the next night out.

10 - Favourite player at RCA - Swanna, played with him the most out of all the lads at Washington and Plains Farm, could definitely have played at a higher standard and a great lad! Nothing less than 100% in every game, nee wonder the lad’s more grey than Philly Schofield!

Mark's message

Submitted by Mark Cowan on Saturday, 23 March 2019

It‘s been a while since we did this, and for obvious reasons, not enough room in the programme to talk about everything. Focusing on the past eight or nine games, has seen us get back to some form. Seven wins out of nine isn’t bad going, considering who we’ve had to play. South Shields were never three goals better than us and we certainly were the better side against Hebburn, just unfortunate we didn’t get anything out of it. For me, injuries have played a crucial part in our season, key players missing a big part of the season, we get one player back and lose another! Saying that, however, the lads who have come in have took their chance and been fantastic, which is testament to the character we have throughout the whole squad. This group of lads, every single one of them, are an absolute pleasure to work with, show great desire, commitment and have a great sense of togetherness, which plays a big part in the club‘s success, and, if it we hadn’t had so many injuries, I have no doubt we would be top three going into today’s game against Newton Aycliffe. We played Newton Aycliffe a few weeks back and the character shown, battling right to the end, proves the lads really are in this together. Same against Whitley Bay and the same against Whickham on Tuesday night.

So what are our aims for the remainder of the season? Simple, we’ve got five games left and we want to win our remaining fixtures, and see where we finish. We did it last season, so there’s reason why we can’t emulate that and try and beat last seasons top four finish. I fully expect Newton Aycliffe to give us another tough game, like they did at their place, but if we stick together, show the same level of commitment, show our quality and desire, I’m sure we can come away with all three points.

View from the cemetery- March 2019 - 3

Submitted by Ghostly Gadgie on Saturday, 23 March 2019

I’m sorry to bring this up, but this recent run of wins in the league, Hebburn excepted, and by all accounts that was very unlucky, has had me looking at the whereabouts of clubs who ply their trade in the Northern Premier East Division. Just starting to worry a bit that’s all, as we rise relentlessly up the league. I don’t know if the lads’ noses are starting to bleed but mine certainly is. Anyway, there are some interesting clubs amongst the denizens and likely denizens of the Evo-Stik East, to give them their official title. It’s still a bit of a long shot, and God knows how we would manage if we end up elevated to glory, but it does no harm to have a bit of a look see has always been my policy. A few we know well, and a few we know by reputation. Nowt to worry about in football terms I don’t think, and Morpeth, Marske, Shields and others prove that in recent seasons, as does our own trips out and about in the Cup and Vase. But still, some are a bit of a trip, and no mistake. Interesting times we live in. We, though not specifically me, would certainly get to know the way up and down the A1. We shall have to wait and see if Consett and Bishops can revive or Hebburn or Stockton push past us on the run in. Fingers crossed, but I’m not sure which way.

Sunderland RCA 1 Whickham 0

Submitted by Rob Jones on Wednesday, 20 March 2019
Tuesday, 19 March 2019 - 7:30pm
Northern League 1

Captain Greg Swansbury renews acquaintances with former RCA 'keeper Dimitrios Tsapalos shortly before scoring the match-winning goal.

More photos from the match are here.

Sunderland RCA welcomed Whickham to Meadow Park for this Ebac Northern League encounter, the first between the two teams at Meadow Park since September 2009 when RCA ran out 3 – 0 winners.

RCA were forced to make changes due to an injury to Dylan Elliott during training on Saturday. His place was taken by Mark Davison and the reshuffle of the team saw O’Neill drop into midfield with Moan and Davison up front.

The teams lined up as follows:

Sunderland RCA: Patterson, Howard, Lavery, Hodgson, Swansbury ©, O’Neill, McAloon, Page, Moan, Davison, Larkin. Subs: Charlton, Lilley, McNab, Croft, K Davis.

Whickham: Tsapalos, Hedley, Kay, Martindale, Grieve, Scroggins, Burrell, Pearety ©, Bulford, Pattison, Orrell. Subs: Callaghan, Mordey, Cowburn, Stevens.

View from the cemetery - March 2019 - 2

Submitted by Ghostly Gadgie on Saturday, 16 March 2019

Back on track last week with a comprehensive win over Consett, we played well and won well. That means that we have beaten the two sides who will probably finish second and third in the league home and away with an aggregate score of 10-3, and yet are a good eight to nine points behind them at the moment. Frustrating isn’t the word. I think we are better than either Bishops or Consett all things being equal, but a combination of bad luck with injuries and some inexplicable results against sides near the bottom means we most likely can’t prove it this season. Annoying. Still we are on a great run at present, five wins out of six and a fairly full squad to pick from at present. Another strong end to the season looks on, let’s go for it. Been good as well to see Dylan Elliott back in the last few weeks after a few knocks and setbacks this season, and I have also noticed Stevie Callen taking part in the warm ups recently. Be great to see Steve get a few runs before the end of term, having missed most of the season, with a sportsman’s injury, not alcohol related. On we go.

Match Highlights: vs Consett (H) 8 March

Submitted by Ryan Prentice on Monday, 11 March 2019

Highlights from this week's 4-1 home win against Consett AFC. A brace from Colin Larkin earned him man of the match, while goals from O'Neill and McAloon sealed the win.

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