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Bishop Auckland 2 Sunderland RCA 1

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 10 November 2019
Saturday, 9 November 2019 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1

Goal scorer Stephen Callen takes on Bishop Auckland's Liam Potter.

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We travelled to Heritage Park today for this EBAC Northern League fixture. In our previous encounter this season Bishops came out on top in a 5 goal thriller.

With Robbie Dean suspended RCA brought in young keeper Kieron Ezard, other changes from the FA Vase team were as follows, Preston, O’Neill and Croft replaced by Allen, Elliott and making his debut in he centre of midfield was Craig Hennis.

The teams lines up as follows:

Bishop Auckland: Liversedge, Robinson, Hoganson, Potter, Bott, Fairley, Morris, Fryatt, Richardson, Parnaby, Waller. Subs: Johnson, Winn, Prudhoe, Tumilty, Hart.

SRCA:  Ezard, C Davis, McNab, Allen, Swansbury ©, Lilley, Hennis, Hodgson, Davison, Callen, Elliott. Subs: Gray, Leonard, Moan, O’Neill.

Hebburn Town 3 Sunderland RCA 0

Submitted by Rob Jones on Monday, 4 November 2019
Saturday, 2 November 2019 - 3:00pm
The Buildbase FA Vase

Mark Davison has a first half shot blocked.

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RCA travelled to the Energy Check Sports Ground for the second time in a fortnight to play Ebac Northern League leaders Hebburn Town in the Second Round of the FA Vase.

Forced changes meant that Leonard (Work Experience) and Allen were unavailable while Croft was preferred to Elliott who was still feeling the effects of a virus. Into the side came Clayton Davis and Sam Lilley.

The teams lined up as follows:

HEBBURN TOWN: Jennison, Groves, Lough, Spence, Carson, Donaghy, Robson, Taylor, Armstrong, Richardson, Dibb-Fuller.

SRCA:  Dean, Lilley, McNab, Preston, Swansbury ©, Hodgson, C Davis, O’Neill, Davison, Callen, Croft. Subs: Elliott, Ezard, Moan, Gray, Allen.

Sunderland RCA 0 Ryhope CW 1

Submitted by Rob Jones on Tuesday, 29 October 2019
Monday, 28 October 2019 - 7:30pm
Mitre Brooks Mileson Memorial League Cup

Aaron Croft clears the ball during the first half of the match.

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Connor Lamb's match report is here.

The League Cup Group stage match against local rivals Ryhope CW took on more significance for the visitors as a RCW draw or better would see them progress in the competition, RCA having already assured themselves of a place in the last 16 with their win against Washington FC last week.

As usual for this competition the RCA Management team made a number of changes giving younger players more experience at this level and players returning from injury much needed playing time.

The teams lined up as follows:

SRCA:  Ezard, Allen, McNab, Lilley, Swansbury ©, Hodgson, Leonard, Croft, Moan, O’Neill, Gray. Subs: Dean, Callen, Green, C Davis

RCW:  Harkess, Walker, J Weirs, Riding ©, Jones, Trewick, Bird, Hotchkiss, Rae , M Weirs, Ellis. Subs: Winter, Pearn, Wallace, Devlin.

Sunderland RCA 2 Dunston 1

Submitted by Rob Jones on Thursday, 24 October 2019
Wednesday, 23 October 2019 - 7:30pm
Northern League 1

Match winner Nathan O'Neill on the attack in the second half of the match.

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Ken Fitzpatrick's match photos are here.

The Durham Challenge Cup paired us with Dunston in a re-run of the FA Cup fixture earlier in the season when Dunston needed a replay to progress to the next round. RCA therefore had a point to prove.

With Leonard cup tied the RCA management team brought in Josh Gray as a straight replacement. Sam Lilley replaced Ross McNab in the starting line-up and there was a welcome return on the bench for Clayton Davis who was returning after a long lay off with a Hamstring problem.

The teams lined up as follows:

SRCA:  Dean, Lilley, Allen, Preston, Swansbury ©, Hodgson, Gray, D Elliott, Davison, O’Neill, Callen. Subs: McNab, Ezard, Croft, Moan, Davis.

Dunston: Dryden, Marrs, Halliday ©, Pearson, Grant-Soulsby, Hall, Thear, Page, Scott, Heslop, Brooks. Subs: Capewell, C Elliott, Fitzpatrick, Smith, J Elliott.

Hebburn Town 3 Sunderland RCA 0

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

Dylan Elliott on the attack for RCA during the second half of the match.

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RCA returned to league action making the short trip to play League leaders Hebburn Town. The two sides met last month when RCA claimed a late point in a tight contest and more of the same was expected today. Hebburn remain undefeated in their last 7 matches.

Torrential rain just before kick off meant that the playing surface was slippy and ball control would be at a premium.

The expected RCA team changes after Wednesday’s emphatic win at Washington were made and the teams lined up as follows:

HEBBURN TOWN: Jennison, Groves, Carson, Donaghy, Lough, Spence, Taylor, Suddick, Richardson, Dibb-Fuller, Armstrong. Subs: Storey, Wright, Simpson, Martin, Robson

SRCA: Dean,  Allen, Preston, Swansbury (c), McNab; Leonard, Hodgson, Elliott, Callen; Davison, O’Neill. Subs: Lilley, Ezard, Gray, Dorward, Moan.

Washington 1 Sunderland RCA 7

Submitted by Rob Jones on Thursday, 17 October 2019
Wednesday, 16 October 2019 - 7:45pm
Mitre Brooks Mileson Memorial League Cup

Super Callen goes ballistic! - Stephen Callen scored four goals in a terrific performance for RCA.

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RCA travelled to Durham’s New Ferens Park stadium to play Washington FC in the Mitre Brooks Mileson League cup Group “B” match.

After the defeat on Saturday against Whitley Bay the RCA Management team decided to make several changes to the team, this allowed for some players to get time on the pitch and allowed players returning from injury a chance to improve their fitness before the important league fixture on Saturday against Hebburn Town.

The teams lined up as follows:

WASHINGTON FC:  R Lumsden, Gibson, Horsfall, Colquhoun, Goodman, Hutchinson ©, Ramshaw, Hennis, Toward, Akal, Broomfield. Subs: Pye, Hanson, Quine, McGeoch, A Lumsden.

SRCA: Ezard, Allen, Gray, Preston, Swansbury ©, Croft, Charlton, Dorward, Davison, Callen, Leonard. Subs: Hodgson, Dean, Elliott, O’Neill, McNab.

Sunderland RCA 2 Whitley Bay 6

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 13 October 2019
Saturday, 12 October 2019 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1

Ryan Leonard shields the ball from Whitley Bay captain Craig Spooner.

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Whitley Bay were the visitors to “LGV Park” on Non-league day. We also welcomed from Norway an amateur football team called the Hellhounds. Originally going to the Sunderland v Fleetwood match at the SoL they decided to come to see RCA when that match was cancelled.

The RCA Management team minus the manager (in London) made one change to the team who beat Billingham Town in mid week. Craig Hodgson replacing Sam Lilley and the formation changing again to what looked like a 4-4-2.

The teams Lined up as follows:

SRCA: Dean, Allen, McNab, Preston, Swansbury ©, Hodgson, Leonard, Elliott, Davison, O’Neill, Moan. Subs: Dorward, Ezard, Croft, Gray,Lilley.

Whitley Bay: Lister, Bexton, Martin, Spooner, Lowery, Taylor, McDonald, Orrell, Hird, Robinson, Salmon. Subs: Stephenson, Bramley, Proctor, Doyle.

Sunderland RCA 4 Billingham Town 0

Submitted by Rob Jones on Thursday, 10 October 2019
Wednesday, 9 October 2019 - 7:30pm
Mitre Brooks Mileson Memorial League Cup

Double scorer Nathan O'Neill fires in a second half shot.

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Connor Lamb's match report is here

RCA welcomed Billingham Town to “LGV Park” for this Mitre Brooks Mileson League Cup Group “B” match.

The RCA Management team made two changes to the side that drew at Seaham Red Star on Saturday, with Ross Preston, returning after a lengthy absence through injury, replacing Aaron Croft and Dominic Moan given his chance in midfield in place of Kyle Davis. They also changed the formation, starting with 3-5-2.

The teams Lined up as follows:

SRCA: Dean, Lilley, McNab, Preston, Swansbury ©, Moan, Allen, Elliott, Davison, O’Neill, Leonard. Subs: Gray, Charlton, Green, K Davis.

Billingham Town: Sharman, Wilson, Dixon (c), Crainey, Flounders, Summers, Hawkins , Bartliff, Hannah, Roddam, Hogan. Subs: Sutton, Mitchinson, Briggs, Gales, Hudson.

Seaham Red Star 2 Sunderland RCA 2

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 6 October 2019
Saturday, 5 October 2019 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1

Ryan Leonard scores RCA's second goal of the match.

More photos from the match are here.

Back to league action today with a short trip up the road to Seaham Red Star for the Ryhope faithful.

The RCA Management team again made changes to the side who comfortably won on Wednesday, It was good to see that Swansbury was ok after being substituted Wednesday at half time.

The teams Lined up as follows:

SRS: Bannon, Hailes, Weldon, Henderson, Myers, Tumilty, Wade, Chilton, Wilson, Robinson ©, Coulson. Subs: Gardiner, Young, McRoberts, Cahill-Taylor, Winthrop.

SRCA: Dean, Allen, McNab, Lilley, Swansbury ©, Croft, K Davis, Elliott, Davison, O’Neill, Leonard. Subs: Moan,Ezard, Preston, Hodgson, Green.

Crook Town 2 Sunderland RCA 5

Submitted by Rob Jones on Friday, 4 October 2019
Wednesday, 2 October 2019 - 7:30pm
Northern League 1

Dominic Moan makes a driving run down the wing during the second half of the match.

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The Mitre Brooks Mileson League cup format has been changed this season and is now played, in the initial stages, in Groups. In our first match of the competition we travelled to the Tom Cowie Millfield Stadium to face second division Crook Town.

The RCA Management team decided to give Kieron Ezard his debut in goal replacing Robert Dean, while at the other end of the spectrum Michael Charlton was recalled to the team for his 200th appearance replacing Henry Dorward. Also recalled to the starting eleven was Kyle Davis who took the place of Stephen Callen.

Our best wishes are extended to Connor Slack who having impressed in a number of matches was called up to Sunderland AFC’s under 23 squad - good luck to the lad.

The teams Lined up as follows:

CROOK TOWN:  Makepeace, Crossen, Gavin, Duell, Wilson, Dunwell, Hillerby, Eltringham, Kent, Maddison, Petitjean. Subs: Verity, Shevels, Hume, Smith, Connelly.

SRCA: Ezard, Allen, Lilley, Croft, Swansbury ©, O’Neill, Charlton, Elliott, Davison, K Davis, Leonard. Subs: Moan, Dean, C Davis, Preston, Hodgson.

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