Luke Page scores his, and RCA's, second goal at Heritage Park

Welcome to Sunderland RCA

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

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 £6.00 and £4.00 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 £70 and £50 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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Charity run

Submitted by Simon Mears on Sunday, 8 April 2018
Bradley Lowery Foundation

lan Lowther, son of RCA Club Secretary, Chris Lowther, is running this year's Great North Run and raising money for the Bradley Lowery Foundation.

Please support him if you can for what is a great cause.

Bishop Auckland 0 Sunderland RCA 6

Submitted by Simon Mears on Thursday, 19 April 2018
Wednesday, 18 April 2018 - 7:45pm
Northern League 1
Stuart Thompson and Ross McNab

Supermac: Ross McNab clears the ball under pressure from former RCA player Stuart Thompson.

For more photos from the match please click here.

For Peter Jackson's photos from the match please click here.

Goal scorers - RCA: Page (2); Callen (2); O'Neill; Preston.

After three consecutive postponements last week, Sunderland RCA were back in action tonight, making the trip to Bishop Auckland, looking for a fifth win a row.

RCA made two changes to the side that beat Newcastle Benfield last time out - Scott Pocklington replaced Keith Finch in goal, and Ross Preston returned at centre half replacing Dylan Elliott, with Craig Hodgson moving from centre half to central midfield.

The two sides lined up as follows:

Bishop Auckland: Young; Hart; Hoganson; Galpin; Tobin; Dinsdale; Jury; Ryder; Winn; McAloon; Richardson.

RCA: Pocklington; Noble; McNab; Preston; Swansbury (c); Hodgson; Charlton; Page; O'Neill; Larkin; Callen. Subs: Armstrong; Finch; McGuinness; Jonathan Davis; McEwan.

View from the cemetery - April 2018 - 2

Submitted by Ghostly Gadgie on Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Cracking game on Saturday, on a tricky surface, although to be fair Dave and Graham had done great work to get the pitch fit at all, it was virtually flooded earlier in the week. And they will have had their work cut out to get it back into some kind of shape for tonight. But as I say, a cracking game, which we won well. Benfield will have been disappointed, given the great form they are in, but could have few complaints, and must have considered themselves fortunate to be in front at half time, with virtually their only attempt on goal of the first forty five minutes. It looked like it might be one of those days, but Nathan O’Neill’s super second half hat trick sorted that out. Nath started the season on fire, then had a fallow spell, so it is good to see him firing again and among the goals in recent weeks. His overall contribution was excellent as well, leading the line and putting himself about. To be fair, all of the lads played well, the passing and movement was excellent, although a couple of special mentions from me for Reece Noble, who joined in up the line continuously and didn’t waste a ball from full back, and young Dylan Elliott who was tireless and inventive in centre midfield. The battle of the golden oldies up front was interesting as well. Paul Brayson for Benfield and our own Colin Larkin have about a million goals between them, and long and distinguished playing records, but for once Brayson rarely got a look in after putting over a super cross in the first few minutes for the visitors' goal, while Colin continued his great form of late with great positional play and running off the ball, as well as his on field encouragement and guidance for his team mates. When you score a hat trick you are usually in contention for Man of the Match and Nath O’Neill was a deserved winner, but there were a lot of other candidates as well. Top six now, could get a place or two higher, let's keep it going!

The battle at the top of the First Division is hotting up nicely as Marske make an attempt on mission impossible, will we be giving them a hand on Thursday night when we go up to Morpeth? I hope so. Not because I have a preference, just because I want to see us win the game. While tonight’s match for our opponents is about the other end of the table, can the Roofers stay up? Personally I hope so, always find them good opponents, although you couldn’t say that about their changing rooms, as good as Marske’s I hear, which ain’t that good.

Sunderland RCA 3 Newcastle Benfield 1

Submitted by Simon Mears on Sunday, 8 April 2018
Saturday, 7 April 2018 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1

Craig Hodgson carries the ball out of defence during the second half of the match.

For more photos from the match please click here.

For Newcastle Benfield's match report please click here.

Goal scorers: RCA: O'Neill (3). Benfield: Orrell.

Two of the League's in-form sides met at Meadow Park this afternoon - Sunderland RCA were looking for a sixth win in seven, and a fourth in a row. Newcastle Benfield, meanwhile, are on a terrific run, winning their last six and nine of their last ten.

RCA made one change to the side that won impressively at West Auckland last Saturday, with Keith Finch returning in goal in place of Scott Pocklington.

The two sides lined up as follows:

RCA: Finch; Noble; McNab; Hodgson; Swansbury (c); Elliott; Charlton; Page; O'Neill; Larkin; Callen. Subs: Armstrong; McEwan; McGuinness; Preston; Parnaby.

Benfield: Grainger; Evans; Martin; Forbes; Pendlebury; Turnbull (c); Orrell; McEvoy; Brayson; Devlin; Scott.

West Auckland Town 0 Sunderland RCA 3

Submitted by Simon Mears on Sunday, 1 April 2018
Saturday, 31 March 2018 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1

Michael Charlton makes a run through midfield during the second half of the match.

For more photos from the match please click here.

For Connor Lamb's match report please click here.

Goal scorers - RCA: Page; Larkin; O'Neill.

Following Tuesday’s excellent win at Dunston UTS, Sunderland RCA made the trip to West Auckland Town, looking for a third win in a row.

RCA made one change to the side that won at Dunston - Scott Pocklington, signed on Friday from Bishop Auckland, made his debut in the RCA goal, replacing Keith Finch who had suffered a broken nose during last Saturday's match at home to Seaham Red Star.

The two sides lined up as follows:

West: Bland; Morris; Cobain; Francis; Parker; Colquhoun; Bell; Dodds; Fisher (c); Mitchell; Wearmouth.

RCA: Pocklington; Noble; McNab; Hodgson; Swansbury (c); Elliott; Charlton; Page; O'Neill; Larkin; Callen. Subs: Armstrong; McGuinness; Ashton; Parnaby; McEwan.

New signing

Submitted by Simon Mears on Friday, 30 March 2018

Sunderland RCA are delighted to announce the signing today of goalkeeper Scott Pocklington.

Scott, 27, has signed from fellow Northern League Division One side Bishop Auckland, whom he had rejoined following a successful spell at South Shields, where he won the Northern League Division Two title. Previous clubs include Darlington and Newton Aycliffe.

Welcome to RCA, Scott.

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