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Shildon 2 Sunderland RCA 3

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 17 February 2019
Saturday, 16 February 2019 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1

Sunderland RCA travelled to Dean Street, for their Ebac Northern League encounter with Shildon. Expectations were high for an entertaining game after their encounter in the FA Vase in December.

RCA kept the same starting eleven that beat Whitley Bay at Hillheads, on the bench Sam Lilley replaced Clayton Davis as the only change to the squad.

The teams lined up as follows:

Sunderland RCA: Pocklington, Howard, Lavery, Preston, Swansbury (c), Moan, K Davis, Page, Davison, O’Neill, Larkin. Subs: Hodgson, Charlton, Croft, McAloon, Lilley.

Shildon: Newbrook, Heywood, Robson, Moore, Curl, Duell, Palmer, Trotter (c), Atkinson, Steel, Gruelich-Smith. Subs: Ellison, Hird, Eltringham, Johnson, Waters.

Whitley Bay 2 Sunderland RCA 3

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 27 January 2019
Saturday, 26 January 2019 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1

Goal scorer Kyle Davis attacks during the second half of the match.

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For Whitley Bay's match report please click here.

Sunderland RCA travelled to Hillheads for this Ebac Northern League encounter with Whitley Bay. RCA made two changes to the team that played in the Durham Challenge Cup against South Shields on Tuesday, Lavery and Moan replacing McAloon and Hodgson.
The teams lined up as follows:    

Sunderland RCA:  Pocklington, Howard, Lavery, Preston, Swansbury, Moan, K Davis, Page, Davison, O’Neill, Larkin.

Subs: Hodgson, Charlton, Croft, McAloon, C. Davis.

Whitley Bay: Logan, McFarlane, Christensen, Hassan, L Taylor, Glen-Ravenhill ©, Redford, Ardelean,Wright, Martin.

Subs: Brannen, Carr, Caines, Ramsey, Cooper.

Sunderland RCA 2 South Shields 5

Submitted by Rob Jones on Wednesday, 23 January 2019
Tuesday, 22 January 2019 - 7:30pm
Durham County FA Challenge Cup

Captain Greg Swansbury - scorer of RCA's first goal - thwarts a South Shields attack.

More photos from the match are here.

For Connor Lamb's match report please click here.

Sunderland RCA FC crashed out of the Durham Challenge Cup as South Shields march into the semi-finals. A 6.30 inspection of the pitch by match referee Mr Marc Edwards verified that the match was on.

The teams lined up as follows:

Sunderland RCA: Pocklington, Howard, Larkin, Preston, Swansbury (c), Hodgson, K Davis, Page, Davison, O’Neill, McAloon

Subs: Croft, C Davis, Charlton, Jury, Kokoska

South Shields: Lister, Biwer, Scott, Shaw (c), Brown, Mouanda, Lowe, Briggs, Harmison, Guy, Cogdon

Subs: Morse,Baxter, Thompson, Cowburn, Allasan.

Sunderland RCA 2 West Auckland Town 0

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 20 January 2019
Saturday, 19 January 2019 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1


Photographs from Andy Mitchell are here.

Sunderland RCA entertained West Auckland Town in the fourth meeting between the two teams this season. RCA winning two of the three played so far but notably losing to a last minute goal in the FA Vase.

The teams lined up as follows:    

Sunderland RCA: Pocklington, Howard, Lavery, Preston, Swansbury (C), Hodgson, K Davis, Moan, Davison, O’Neill, McAloon.  

Subs: Page, C Davis, Croft, Lilley, Larkin.                                                       

West Auckland Town FC: Bland, Morris, Price, Cobain (C), Hunter, Colquhoun, Mitchell, Snaith, Dowson, Purewal, Burnicle.                                   

Subs: Dodds, Heggarty, Heaney, Francis, Coulson.

Goalscorers: O.G. (Cobain), Davison.

Dunston UTS 2 Sunderland RCA 1

Submitted by Simon Mears on Sunday, 13 January 2019
Saturday, 12 January 2019 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1

Thomas McAloon fires in a first half shot.

More photos from the match are here.

Following last week’s agonising FA Vase defeat at home to West Auckland Town, Sunderland RCA returned to Northern League action this afternoon with a trip to high-flying Dunston UTS.

RCA made two changes to the side that lost last Saturday to West Auckland - Jordan Lavery, making his full RCA debut, replaced the injured Ross McNab at left back, and Thomas McAloon started on the left wing in place of Dominic Moan.

The two sides lined up as follows:

Dunston UTS: Dryden; Marrs; Halliday (c); Stafford; Grant-Soulsby; Capewell; Jack Elliott; Pearson; Fitzpatrick; Heslop; Brooks. Subs: Callum Elliott; Haley; Nellis; Jackson.

Sunderland RCA: Pocklington; Lilley; Lavery; Preston; Swansbury (c); Hodgson; Charlton; Page; O'Neill; Larkin; McAloon. Subs: Croft; Tsapalos; Kyle Davis; Moan; Davison.

Sunderland RCA 0 West Auckland 1 (AET)

Submitted by Ryan Prentice on Monday, 7 January 2019
Saturday, 5 January 2019 - 3:00pm
The Buildbase FA Vase

Luke Page in acrobatic action during the first half of the match.

More photos from the match are here.

Sunderland RCA crashed out of the FA Vase fourth round, after a last minute goal in extra time gave West Auckland the win and progression in the tournament.

Both sides battled throughout the 120 minutes of action, but ultimately a Lewis Dodds tap-in was the difference between the Northern League teams.

RCA had chances throughout to take the lead with Michael Charlton having the best opportunity mid-way through the first half hitting the post when one on one, after a clever flick from Nathan O'Neill played him in.

Equally, Scott Pocklinton was called into action a number of times saving well with his feet early on and tipped a looping cross away from goal later in the half. 

Ashington 2 Sunderland RCA 0

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 23 December 2018
Saturday, 22 December 2018 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1

Craig Hodgson breaks up an Ashington attack during the second half of the match.

More photos from the match are here.

Sunderland RCA made the trip to Woodhorn Lane to play an Ashington AFC team whose luck in recent months seems to have deserted them.
 
It was nice to meet up with Ex RCA player Wayne Buchanan who was returning after suffering a broken leg on the first day of the season.
 
Injuries continue to restrict the Management team with key players sidelined and so it was that they made two changes to the team that started on Wednesday in the Durham Challenge Cup with Lilley replacing Hodgson and Moan coming in for Page.
 
The teams lined up as follows:
Ashington AFC: Grant, McAndrew, Hutchinson, Henderson, Caygill, Vipond, Cunningham, Ross, Atkinson, Edwards, Butler Subs: Bowey, Buchanan, Smith, Bell, Hanson.

Sunderland RCA FC: Pocklington, Jury, McNab, Lilley, Swansbury, Moan, Charlton, O’Neill, Larkin, Davis, McAloon Subs: Page, Tsapolos, Hodgson, Croft, Howard.

Sunderland RCA 3 West Auckland Town 1

Submitted by Rob Jones on Wednesday, 19 December 2018
Tuesday, 18 December 2018 - 7:30pm
Durham County FA Challenge Cup

Double scorer Colin Larkin in action during the second half of the match.

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West Auckland's match report is here

Connor Lamb's match report is here.

Sunderland RCA entertained West Auckland Town in the Durham Challenge Cup second round. Given the weather conditions and the fact that this was the third home game in 6 days, it was a testament to the dedication of a few ground staff that this match was able to go ahead.

By a strange quirk of fate the next three home matches are against the same opponents, West Auckland Town, so this was being billed as a dress rehearsal for the FA Vase due to be played on 5 January 2019.

RCA made two changes in the line up from Saturday’s win against RCW in came Pocklington and Jury replacing Tsapalos and Elliott. C Davis who was due to play was injured in the warm up and replaced by Jury.

The teams lined up as follows:

Sunderland RCA FC: Pocklington, Jury, McNab, Hodgson, Swansbury (c), Page, Charlton, O’Neill, Davis, Larkin, McAloon. Subs: Lilley, Tsapalos, Moan, Croft.

West Auckland Town FC: Bland, Hegarty, Price, Colquhoun, Hunter, Portas (c), Xydias (Morris, 79′), Francis, Wearmouth (Burnicle, 65′), Purewal, Mitchell. Subs: Cobain, Morris, Bradley, Burnicle, Morris.

Sunderland RCA 4 Ryhope CW 3

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 16 December 2018
Saturday, 15 December 2018 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1

Dominic Moan whips in a free-kick 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.

For Ryhope CW's match report please click here.

The RCA management team were forced to make three changes to the team that lost to Stockton Town in the League Cup on Wednesday. Larkin replaced the injured Preston, O’Neill came in for C.Davis and McAloon came in for Howard who was unavailable due to sickness. The team reverted to a 4-4-2 formation.

The teams lined up as follows:

Sunderland RCA: Tsapalos, Larkin, McNab, Hodgson, Swansbury (c), Page, Charlton, Elliott, O’Neill, Kyle Davis, McAloon. Subs: Moan, Pocklington, Clayton Davis, Lilley, Davison.

Ryhope CW: Atkinson, King, Walker, Lay, Riding (c), Trewick, Bird, Kane, Rae, Weirs, Devlin. Subs: Wallace, Nicholson, Ball, Ellis, Cocks.

Sunderland RCA 0 Stockton Town 1

Submitted by Rob Jones on Thursday, 13 December 2018
Wednesday, 12 December 2018 - 7:30pm
Brooks Mileson Memorial League Cup

Clayton Davis in action during the first half of the match.

For more photos from the match please click here.

For Connor Lamb's match report please click here.

Both managers made changes from the starting eleven from Sataurday, for RCA in came Clayton Davis, McNab,Swansbury and Page. While Stockton brought in Moody and Cossavella.

RCA also made a change to their formation with the management team deciding that a 3-5-2 formation would best counter the midfield threat of Stockton.

The teams lined up as follows:

Sunderland RCA FC: Tsapalos, Hodgson, McNab, Preston, Swansbury ©, Page, C Davis, Elliott, K Davis, Charlton and Howard: Subs: McAloon, Jury, Croft, Larkin and Davison.

 

Stockton Town FC: Moody, Bulmer, Nicholson ©, Mulligan, Robinson, Cossavella, Woodhouse, Craggs, Roberts, Coleman and Risborough. Subs: Hayes, Garbutt, Stockton, Ward, Arthur.

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