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Birtley Town 2 Sunderland RCA 1

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 2 August 2020
Saturday, 1 August 2020 - 2:00pm
Friendly


The first friendly of the new season and we travel to Birtley Town, the weather is kind a downpour two hours before the match and then the sun came out.

The pitch was in excellent condition and all the new Covid-19 restriction were in place. Players arriving with their kit on is a bit surreal as is the team talks taking place in the main stands or on the pitch.

Only a few committee men and the odd injured player from both teams formed the crowd.

Whitley Bay 1 Sunderland RCA 2

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 8 March 2020
Saturday, 7 March 2020 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1

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A windswept Hillheads was the venue for this Ebac Northern League Division 1 fixture.

Neither team has set the league alight this season, but RCA would be looking to avenge the 6-2 drubbing handed out by their hosts earlier in the season.

The spread of the Coronavirus has meant that the “Respect” handshake has been suspended until further notice. The players, therefore, would be led out by the referee and promptly enter the field without the handshake taking place.

The RCA Management team minus the manager (suspended) made one change to the team who drew on Tuesday at Ashington, with Hennis returning to the midfield in place of J Leonard.

The teams lined up as follows:

Whitley Bay: Lister, Bexton, Martin, Bennett, Taylor, Lowery, Fairley, Anderson, Annang-Colquhoun, Robinson, Shepperd. Subs: McFarlane, Jennison, Davison, Olsen, Orrell

SRCA: Dean, Allen, Lawson, Hodgson, Swansbury ©, Hennis, R Leonard, Best, O’Neill, Elliott, K Davis. Subs: Croft, Ezard, J Leonard, Dorward, Slack.

Ashington 1 Sunderland RCA 1

Submitted by Rob Jones on Wednesday, 4 March 2020
Tuesday, 3 March 2020 - 7:30pm
Northern League 1

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RCA travelled up to Ashington for this Northern League Division 1 fixture. Only a month ago they had beaten Ashington 5-1 but how fortunes seemed to have changed with RCA only winning one of their last five matches while Ashington had won one and drawn two of theirs.

The management team made three changes to the team beaten by Seaham Red Star at the weekend with Allen, Best and J Leonard replacing, Green, Hennis and Davison and a change of formation to 3-5-1-1.

The teams lined up as follows:

SRCA:Dean, Allen, R Leonard, Hodgson, Swansbury ©, Best, J Leonard, Elliott, K Davis, O’Neill, Lawson. Subs: Davison, Ezard, Slack, Hennis, Green.

Ashington: McHugh, Kalthoeber, Gaffney, Luke, Gourley, Bramley, Johnston, Emmerson, Taggart, Price, Hanson. Subs: Anderson, Edwards, Eastlake, Ross, Scott.

Sunderland RCA 2 Seaham Red Star 4

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 1 March 2020
Saturday, 29 February 2020 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1

Kyle Davis in action for RCA during the second half of the match.

For more photos from the match please click here.

Sunderland RCA having won their last match against Newcastle Benfield made only one change for the match against near neighbours Seaham Red Star, bringing in K Davis for Allen.

Thomas Best re-signed on a work experience programme and Nathan O’Neill returned from holiday were on the bench alongside Moan, Slack and Allen.

The teams lined up as follows:

SRCA: Dean, Green, C Davis, Hodgson, Swansbury ©, Hennis, R Leonard, Elliott, Davison, K Davis, Lawson. Subs: Best, O’Neill, Moan, Allen, Slack.

SRS: Bannon, Hailes, Weldon, Henderson, Myers, Gillesphey, McRoberts, Gardiner, Wilson, Robinson ©, Coulson. Subs: Tumilty, Waite, Dart.

Newcastle Benfield 1 Sunderland RCA 2

Submitted by Rob Jones on Thursday, 20 February 2020
Wednesday, 19 February 2020 - 7:30pm
Northern League 1
Mark Davison

Mark Davison runs down the clock in the final seconds of the match.

Sunderland RCA headed up the A19 to play Newcastle Benfield at the Sam Smith Sports Ground in this Ebac Northern League Division 1 fixture.  Defeat in this game would set an unwanted record of seven straight League defeats.

The game also saw RCA Captain Greg Swansbury reach his 150th match for the club.  

The teams lined up as follows:

Newcastle Benfield: Grainger, Turnbull, Glen-Ravenhill, Varga, Scorgie, Robson, Slaughter, Noble, Brayson, Cooper, Giraud. Subs: Parker, Novak, Knight, Haley, O’Reilly.

SRCA:  Dean, Allen, Green, Hodgson, Swansbury ©, Hennis, R Leonard, Elliott, Davison, K Davis, Lawson. Subs: Slack, Ezard, Dorward, J Leonard, Moan.

Whickham 3 Sunderland RCA 1

Submitted by Rob Jones on Thursday, 13 February 2020
Wednesday, 12 February 2020 - 7:30pm
Northern League 1

Craig Hennis in action during the second half of the match.

For more photos from the match please click here.

Sunderland RCA travelled to the First Mortgage Glebe Stadium to play bottom of the table Whickham FC who haven’t won a home match since mid August 2019.

On a freezing cold night the teams lined up as follows:

Whickham: Wilson, McAndrew, Exley, Peareth ©, Galbraith, Lindo, Scothern, Burrell, McCarthy, Newton, Robson.

Subs: Cowburn, Stevens, Statt, Cranson, Howard.

Sunderland RCA: Dean, Allen, Dorward, Hodgson, Swansbury ©, Hennis, O’Neill, Elliott, Davison, Slack, J Leonard.

Subs: Davis, Ezard, R Leonard, Green, Lawson.

Sunderland RCA 0 Stockton Town 3

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 9 February 2020
Saturday, 8 February 2020 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1

Kyle Davis shields the ball from Stockton Town's Thomas Coulthard.

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League leaders Stockton Town were the visitors to Sunderland LGV Park for this EBAC Northern League fixture. Having lost only one league match all season Stockton Town are firm favorites to finish in top spot.

Sunderland RCA were without the services of Work Experience loanees Ryan Leonard and Connor Slack for this game, both have been included in the Sunderland AFC under 23 squad to play Liverpool FC.

The RCA management team, looking to halt a run of poor results, named an experienced side for this tough match.

The teams lined up as follows:

Sunderland RCA:  Dean, C Davis, McNab, Hodgson, Swansbury ©, Hennis, Elliott, O’Neill, Davison, K Davis, Lawson.

Subs: Allen, Ezard, Dorward, Moan, J Leonard.

Stockton Town: L Roberts, King, McWilliams, Portas,  Nicholson(c); Coulthard, M Roberts, Robinson, Woodhouse, Franks.

Subs: Risbrough, Craggs, Mulligan, Jackson, Hayes.

Sunderland RCA 1 Billingham Town 2

Submitted by Rob Jones on Thursday, 6 February 2020
Wednesday, 5 February 2020 - 7:30pm
Northern League 1

Ryan Leonard opens the scoring for RCA.

More photos from the match are here.

Connor Lamb's match report is here.

RCA welcomed Billingham Town to Sunderland LGV Park for this EBAC Northern League Division 1 fixture.

There were also welcome returns to the team for Swansbury after his suspension and McNab and K Davis from injury. However this was offset once again by the injuries to Moan, Hodgson and Croft and the unavailability of C Davis.

The RCA Management were forced into further changes to the side and brought in Jack Leonard for his home debut.

The teams lined up as follows:

SRCA: Dean, Dorward, McNab, Allen, Swansbury ©, Lawson, R Leonard, Hennis, Davison, Slack,J Leonard. Subs: Elliott, Ezard, O’Neill, K Davis, Green.

Billingham Town: Young, Moore ©, Dixon, Connor, Frazer, Flounders, Beddow, Keeney, Lavan, Dickinson, Hogan. Subs: Joynes, Hudson, Wilson, Morrison, McDonald.

West Auckland Town 3 Sunderland RCA 0

Submitted by Rob Jones on Wednesday, 29 January 2020
Tuesday, 28 January 2020 - 7:30pm
Mitre Brooks Mileson Memorial League Cup

RCA travelled to West Auckland Town’s Wanted Stadium for this Mitre Brooks Mileson League Cup last 16 fixture.

“Wanted” were 16 players, what RCA relied on was 12 players, two of whom were goalkeepers.

Picking the team was therefore fairly academic; picking the formation a little more time consuming.

The teams lined up as follows:

West Auckland Town: Flynn, Hegarty, Price, Harwood, Colquhoun, Dodds ©, Fisher, Mitchell, Purewal, Francis, A Bell. Subs: Greenwood, Connor, Hornsby, Hurworth, M Bell.

Sunderland RCA: Dean, Dorward, Allen, C Davis ©, Moan, Elliott, Green, O’Neill, Davison, Slack, Leonard. Subs: Ezard.

Sunderland RCA 0 Newton Aycliffe 4

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 26 January 2020
Saturday, 25 January 2020 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1

Connor Slack competes for the ball with Newton Aycliffe's Liam McNamara.

For more photos from the match please click here.

Newton Aycliffe were today's visitors to Sunderland LGV Park for this Ebac Northern League fixture.

The injury list continues to grow with Callen, Preston, McNab and Hodgson out long term on top of this Swansbury is suspended and Best has been recalled to Hull City.

The management team were obviously forced to make changes and the teams lined up as follows:

SRCA:  Dean ©, C Davis, Moan, Allen, Hennis, Dorward, O’Neill, Elliott, Davison, K Davis, Lawson. Subs: Leonard, Ezard, Slack, Green.

Newton Aycliffe:  Pickford, Brown, Costello, Jarvie, Walton, Wood, McNamara, Petitjean, Burnicle, Ardelean, Green. Subs: Carr, Ballan, Webster, Coles, Read.

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