James Armstrong in a midfield tussle during the FA Vase match at Dunston UTS. Photograph: Simon Mears.
Welcome to Sunderland RCA
Value for money and excitement with the Northern League Division 1 at Meadow Park. The standard admission prices for highly competitive Northern League football are £5.00 and £3.00 for concessions. Non-standard prices may apply to particular games and will be announced in advance. Season tickets, which include all official cup games, are £60 and £45 concessions. Sunderland RCA is a family friendly club: new fans and spectators are always welcome and entry for accompanied children is free.
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RCA's hat-trick hero Colin Larkin in action at a foggy UTS Stadium. Photograph: Simon Mears.
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FA Vase day: a special day. Matchday anticipation - heightened. An extra spring in the step. For clubs at our level, the Vase offers a very real opportunity for Wembley glory. This isn’t fantasy football or Roy of the Rovers stuff; recent history shows that the last eight Vase finals contested have featured at least one Northern League club - with seven of those finals being victorious for our teams. And we need look no further than today’s hosts, Dunston UTS, to realise that dreams can become reality. Dunston lifted the Vase - at Wembley - as recently as May 2012 thanks to a 2-0 win over fellow Northern League side West Auckland Town in the final.
With the two sides reaching the Fifth Round of the Vase last season, both entered this year’s competition at the Second Round stage, which saw Dunston defeat Hemsworth MW 3-1 on Tuesday and RCA narrowly beat Stockton Town - courtesy of an extra-time penalty scored by Colin Larkin - to set up today’s Third Round match.
RCA made one change to the side that lost at West Auckland last Saturday. Clayton Davis returned at right back with Luke Richardson moving to left back, and James Armstrong slotted into central midfield. With RCA unable to call upon the services of Ross Preston and Adam McGuinness, who were both cup-tied after playing for Washington in the First Qualifying Round, Craig Hodgson was moved from central midfield to partner Greg Swansbury in the centre of defence.
The two teams lined up as follows:
Dunston: Holden, Pearson, Halliday, Slaughter, Capewell, Gilhespy, Smith, Burrell ©, Heslop, Luccock, Thear.
RCA: Carmichael, Davis, Richardson, Hodgson, Swansbury ©, Robinson, Charlton, Larkin, Butler, Armstrong, Callen.
Dunston UTS and Hemsworth MW in action during their FA Vase second round tie. Photograph: Simon Mears.
Following tonight's FA Vase second round match between Dunston UTS and Hemsworth MW, Sunderland RCA will travel to Dunston for the FA Vase third round tie. Dunston won the match 3-1 with a first half goal from captain Dale Burrell. Hemsworth had an excellent half hour spell in the second half, but failed to convert their chances. Dunston doubled their lead with eight minutes to go through defender Dan Capewell, however, Hemsworth pulled one back immediately through Nick Guest. Burrell then grabbed his second and Dunston's third in the final few minutes as Hemsworth pushed for an equaliser.
The FA Vase third round match - Dunston UTS v Sunderland RCA - is on Saturday, December 3rd, kick off 3.00pm. Get along and support the lads!
Craig Hodgson shields the ball from West Auckland captain and former RCA player Thomas Marron. Photograph: Simon Mears.
More photos from the match are here.
RCA were back on their travels following five consecutive home games which had seen progress in the Vase and League Cup, as well as a win, a draw and a defeat in the league. West, meanwhile, had lost five and won one of their last six matches - although I did see them defeat Ryhope Colliery Welfare 5-3 earlier this month. So an intriguing game was in prospect with West looking to continue their climb away from the relegation zone, and RCA consolidating in mid table and looking to push back up the league table.
RCA made one change to the team that started the 3-3 draw with Consett last Saturday with Armstrong in at left back and Richardson moving over to right back in the absence of C Davis. The teams lined up thus.
West: Shaw, Marron (c), Nelson, Hassan, Jones, Elgie, Ruddy, Hudson, Burnicle, Caley, Elliot.
RCA: Carmichael, Richardson, Armstrong, Preston, Swansbury, Hodgson, Charlton, Larkin, Butler, Robinson, Callen.
Could have been and should have been an unlikely Wearside double on Saturday, when the lads at the SoL managed a first home win of the season while we were going well at home to Consett. Two up inside eight minutes and in front until the 89th minute, and then good enough to get in front again after Consett’s equalising penalty, we still managed to concede a second equaliser with the last kick of the game. Not for the first or even the second time this season, it is becoming a bad habit. The performance was good, particularly early on, but Consett are a bit of a bogey side for us and no mistake. Still, you couldn’t say it wasn’t entertaining, especially the first eight and last seven minutes.
Greg Swansbury comes away with the ball during the first half of the epic 3 -3 encounter with Consett. Photograph by Simon Mears.
More of Simon's photographs here.
Goal scorers: SRCA: Larkin (2), Robinson: Consett: Nellis, Sullivan, Sweet
The RCA Management team made five changes to the team which played against Northallerton in the Brooks Mileson League Cup in midweek. Returning to the first eleven were C Davis, Hodgson, Butler and Larkin while Mark Robinson was selected in the strating eleven for the first time since he joined the club.
Fifth placed Consett came to Meadow Park on the back of and impressive run of seven unbeaten matches.