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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.

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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.

Shildon 2 Sunderland RCA 0

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 2 February 2020
Saturday, 1 February 2020 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1

Shaun Newbrook denies Carl Lawson an equalising goal with a terrific save.

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Sunderland RCA travelled to Dean Street, for this Ebac Northern League Division 1 encounter with Shildon.  

RCA’s injury crisis eased a little with the return of Hodgson and Croft to the starting eleven but with Davison failing a late fitness test it seemed to be back to square one. New signing Jack Leonard took his place on the bench.

With both Elliott and O’Neill unavailable for personal reasons it meant further changes to the team that played so well in defeat on Tuesday at West Auckland. Four changes were made to the starting eleven with the injured Davison making himself available on the bench if required.

The teams lined up as follows:

Shildon: Newbrook, Heywood, Robson, Moore ©, Vaulks, Liddle, Trotter, Craggs, Greulich-Smith, Thexton, Palmer. Subs: Mulligan, Curl, Lavery, Matthews, Atkinson.

Sunderland RCA:  Dean, C Davis ©, Allen, Croft, Hennis, Moan, Hodgson, Lawson, Dorward, Slack, R Leonard. Subs: Davison, Ezard, J Leonard.

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.

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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.

Sunderland RCA 4 Thornaby 2

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 12 January 2020
Saturday, 11 January 2020 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1

Thomas Best scores RCA's third goal of the match.

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Sunderland RCA welcomed Thornaby to a very blustery Sunderland LGV Park for this EBAC Northern League Div. 1 match.

Thornaby have had an indifferent season with some good performances where results have gone against them including our meeting earlier in the season. They did, however, have a very good FA Cup run early in the season.

The RCA ground staff worked wonders to get the pitch ready for today’s match and it was a relief when the referee pronounced the match was on despite the high winds which would undoubtedly spoil what promised to be a competitive match.

After three matches with an unchanged team the management team was forced to make changes with Preston and McNab injured in Wednesday’s match and O’Neill pulling up during the warm-up so into the starting eleven came C Davis, Hodgson and Hennis.

The teams lined up as follows:

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

Thornaby:  Dawson, Johnson, Howes, Green, Guru, Posthill, Scaife-Wheatley ©, Rowe, Preston, Ward, Cooke. Subs: Bailey, Jackson, Chapman, Drummond, Foley.

Sunderland RCA 5 Ashington AFC 1

Submitted by Rob Jones on Thursday, 9 January 2020
Wednesday, 8 January 2020 - 7:30pm
Northern League 1

Mark Davison's sublime free-kick flies into the net.

More photos from the match are here.

Connor Lamb's match report is here.

'A Life of Pie', the Northern League Blog is here.

At the third time of asking, the previous two called off due to bad weather, Sunderland RCA welcomed Ashington to Sunderland LGV Park for this Ebac Northern Legue Div. I fixture.

RCA were unbeaten in their last four matches while Ashington had won only one of their last four. However matches between these two sides have always been very competitive so an entertaining night was in prospect.

With no new injury worries the RCA management team were able to name an unchanged side for the third game in a row.

The teams lined up as follows:

SRCA:  Dean, Allen, McNab, Preston, Swansbury ©, Best, Elliott, O’Neill, Davison, K Davis Lawson. Subs: C Davis, Ezard, Leonard, Hennis, Moan.

Ashington: McHugh, Gibson, Gaffney, Edwards, Coppen, Bramley, Luke, Ross, Johnston, Brannen, Slater. Subs: Robson, Williamson, Kalthubber, Biwer, Scott.

North Shields 1 Sunderland RCA 3

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 5 January 2020
Saturday, 4 January 2020 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1

Dylan Elliott scored RCA's third goal with a terrific strike.

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Sunderland RCA travelled up the A19 to North Shields’ Daren Perssen Stadium for the first match of 2020. Having won their last two matches and with players returning to full fitness the New Year looks full of promise.

However their opponents, North Shields, have only lost once in the last 14 matches and that was by an in form Shildon team.

The RCA management team decided to stick with the same starting line-up that was successful in last weekend’s derby victory.

The teams lined up as follows:

North Shields: Purvis, Cassidy, McDonald, Ormston, New, Buchanan, Robinson, C Patton, McCarthy, Carr ©, K Patton. Subs: Campbell, Smith, Christensen, Hall, Williams.

SRCA:  Dean, Allen, McNab, Preston, Swansbury ©, Best, Elliott, O’Neill, Davison, K Davis Lawson Subs: C Davis, Ezard, Leonard, Hennis, Moan.

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