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Sunderland RCA 2 Bishop Auckland 3

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 15 September 2019
Saturday, 14 September 2019 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1

Dylan Elliott fires in a shot late in the match.

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Bishop Auckland were the visitors to “LGV Park”, for this EBAC Northern League fixture and after Wednesday’s drubbing at the hands of Dunston the management team were looking for a positive reaction from the the players.

Injuries continued to be a major cause for concern in team selection but with two new signings to boost the squad there was some light at the end of the tunnel.

Josh Gray and Alex Storey were both selected to make their debuts in the following line up:

SRCA: Dean, Allen, McNab, Storey, Swansbury ©, K Davis, Charlton, Elliott, Slack, O’Neill, Gray. Subs:Dorward, Ezard, Moan, C Davis, Lilley.

Bishops:Liversedge, Robinson, Ryan, Hoganson, Hart, Hall, Judson, Potter, Fryatt, Tumilty, Parnaby, Prudhoe. Subbs: Chandler, Lee, Kanyondo, Nixon.

Sunderland RCA 0 Dunston 5

Submitted by Rob Jones on Thursday, 12 September 2019
Wednesday, 11 September 2019 - 7:30pm
The Emirates FA Cup

Connor Slack looks for a consolation goal late in the match.

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RCA entertained Dunston in The FA Cup 1st Qualifying Round Replay at The “LGV Stadium”. After Saturday’s 0-0 draw the tie had to be settled tonight.

Problems in team selection for RCA focused mainly on the two winger’s, Callen was off on his honeymoon while Leonard picked up a knock on Saturday and was unavailable. Into the team came Clayton Davis and Michael Charlton.

The teams lined up as follows:

SRCA: Dean, Allen, Moan, Swansbury ©, McNab, K Davis, C Davis, D Elliott, Davison, O’Neill, Charlton. Subs: Slack, Ezard,Dorward, Green, Croft, Lilley, Hodgson.

Dunston: Dryden, Marrs, Halliday ©, Pearson, Capewell, Hall, Wright, Page, Scott, Heslop, Brooks. Subs: C Elliott, Harrison, Lowther, Thear, Grant-Soulsby.

Dunston 0 Sunderland RCA 0

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 8 September 2019
Saturday, 7 September 2019 - 3:00pm
The Emirates FA Cup


The FA Cup 1st Qualifying Round and it’s a trip to Dunston’s UTS Stadium for the loyal RCA supporters.

Another ground that has seen a massive transformation during the close season with the addition of new perimeter fencing and dug outs. The pitch itself also looked in good condition.

As always we received a warm welcome from our hosts at Dunston and with a near 400 crowd the scene was set for a good game of football.

After naming the team RCA were struck by what is now being called the No:4 Jinx, Ross Preston originally down as No: 4 on the teamsheet pulled up in the warm up and was replaced by Sam Lilley he also pulled up with a recurrence of an old injury and he was replace by Dominic Moan, third selection change in 20 minutes all revolving around the No 4 shirt.

SRCA: Dean, Allen, McNab, Moan, Swansbury (c),K Davis, Leonard, Elliott, Davison, O’Neill, Callen. Subs: Ezard, Slack, Charlton, Dorward, C Davis.

Dunston: Dryden, Marrs, Halliday (C), Craig Scott, Capewell, Grant-Soulsby, Heslop, Page Fitzpatrick, Cedwyn Scott, Hall.Subs not used: Elliott, Ward, Lowther, Wright, Brooks,Thear.

Thornaby 1 Sunderland RCA 2

Submitted by Rob Jones on Wednesday, 4 September 2019
Tuesday, 3 September 2019 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1


A trip down the A19 to “Teesdale Park”  for the RCA faithful to play Thornaby who are currently bottom of the League but who enjoyed a fantastic 4 – 0 win at Eccleshill United on Saturday in the FA Vase.

A pleasantly uneventful trip with none of the usual holdup associated with the A19.

What was also pleasantly surprising was the amount of changes that have been made to Teesdale Park since our last visit. The club should be rightly proud of what they have achieved in a relatively short period of time. A massive well done from all at RCA.

Back to team news for the match, defensive problems continue to blight our team selections with Lilley ruled out after a fitness test, Preston, C Davis and Hodgson remain on the injury list so it was a makeshift back four of Allen, Swansbury, McNab and Moan that were to take to the pitch.

The teams lined up as follows:

SRCA:  Dean, Allen, Moan, McNab, Swansbury ©,Callen, Leonard, Elliott, Davison, O’Neill, Davis. Subs: Charlton, Ezard, Dorward, Slack, Green.

Thornaby: Beblowski, Dougall, Wilson, Guru, Simpson, Posthill, Scaife-Wheatley ©, Green, Murphy, Preston, Chapman. Subs: Cooke, Drummond, Morrison, Hutchinson, Ward.

A lovely balmy evening greeted the players and the pitch looked in good condition.

Sunderland RCA 3 Newcastle Benfield 2

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 1 September 2019
Saturday, 31 August 2019 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1

Ross McNab on the attack during the first half of the match.

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For Newcastle Benfield's match report please click here.

Newcastle Benfield were the visitors to “LGV Park” for this EBAC Northern League match. Both teams have had similar starts to the season having lost only one match and both progressing in the FA cup so a tight competitive match was expected.

The RCA management team had to make a late change when Ross Preston pulled up in the warm up and had to be replaced by Sam Lilley. Sam’s place on the bench was taken by Connor Slack who is on Work Experience from Sunderland AFC.

The teams lined up as follows:

SRCA: Dean, Allen, McNab, Lilley, Swansbury ©, Callen, Leonard, D Elliott, Davison, O’Neill, Moan. Subs: Slack, Ezard, Charlton, K Davis, Dorward.

Newcastle Benfield: Grainger, Glen-Ravenhill, Parker, M Turnbull, Slaughter, Kanda, Richardson, Haley, Brayson, Giraud, Knight. Subs: Russell, Baltazar, Bowey, J Turnbull, S Elliott.

Sunderland RCA 1 Hemsworth MW 0

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 25 August 2019
Saturday, 24 August 2019 - 3:00pm
The Emirates FA Cup

RCA captain Greg Swansbury snuffs out a second half Hemsworth attack.

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It doesn’t seem like five minutes since Stephen Callen’s last minute winner against Ryhope CW sent RCA into the Preliminary round of the FA Cup to meet West Yorkshire side Hemsworth Miners Welfare. Since then Stephen has been married to the lovely Gemma and we wish them all the best for the future. Hemsworth have started the season in much the same vein as RCA with only one defeat so far in the league and no doubt looking to avenge the 5-1 defeat inflict on them by RCA in the FA Vase in 2015 courtesy of a Larkin hattrick.

The RCA management team gave late fitness tests to both Preston and Lilley and both were passed fit to play although Lilley as a precaution had his head bandaged and was placed on the bench. Ross McNab returned to replace Lewis Green who did well in his first start against Northallerton in mid week and Stephen Callen replaced the injured Craig Hodgson.

The teams lined up as follows:

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

Hemsworth: Greaves, Wildblood, Jeff, Parker, Viggars, Cass, Connolly, Paylor, Carroll, Yates, Ripley, Subs: Danville, Mellor, Wilson, Santos, J Davis, Hughes.

Northallerton Town 1 Sunderland RCA 2

Submitted by Colin Wilson on Thursday, 22 August 2019
Wednesday, 21 August 2019 - 7:30pm
Northern League 1


An overcast evening in Northallerton with a few showers knocking about for tonight's game, everyone hoping they hold off, and a decent crowd in, including a good few from Sunderland. 

The teams lined up as follows:

Northallerton: T. Dawson; D. Hillerby, G. Shaw, S. Cheeseman, D. Jones; K. Hewitt, R. McKendry, A. Shepherd, J. Blackburn; C. Lowes, S. Hudson

Subs: N. Martin, J. Proctor, C. Smith, C. Short

Sundeerland RCA: R. Dean; M. Allen, L. Green, G. Swansbury, S. Lilley; R. Leonard, C. Hodgson, D. Elliott,  D. Moan; M. Davison, N. O'Neill 

Subs K. Davis, A. Croft,  M. Charlton, H. Dorward, T. McAloon.

RCA gave a starting debut to Ryan Leonard after his impressive cameo on Saturday, one of a number of changes forced on RCA. Steve Callen, Ross McNab and Clayton Davis were missing through injury from Saturday’s team, with Ross Preston also still sidelined. With Lewis Green and Dom Moan also coming into the starting line up it was a very young looking RCA team that started the match.

Ref Leo Howard got the game underway, after an immaculately observed minute’s silence for Andy Curtis who served Northallerton for many years and will be sadly missed,. The game began in an open manner and at a quick pace with RCA attacking immediately and forcing a corner. Northallerton looked lively and pressed hard, O'Neill would have scored, but for a marginal offside, and a good save by Dean saved RCA after Dom Moan was robbed. Northallerton forced a couple of corners in the first ten minutes but found captain Swansbury in fine form and marshalling his young defensive partners well, while Robbie Dean started, as he went on all night, with top class handling and anticipation.

Sunderland RCA 1 Whickham 2

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 18 August 2019
Saturday, 17 August 2019 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1


RCA’s management team were forced to make one change to the team who played in the mid-week FA Cup win over Ryhope CW with Sam Lilley coming in for the injured Ross Preston. They also had new on-loan signing Ryan Leonard on the bench.

The teams lined up as follows:

SRCA:  Dean, Allen, McNab, Lilley, Swansbury ©, Hodgson, C Davis, Elliott, Davison, O’Neill, Callen. Subs: Charlton, Croft, Dorward, Leonard, Moan.

Whickham: Bartlett, Howard, Kay, Little, Galbraith, Newton, McAndrew, Burrell ©, Bulford, Pattison, Thear. Subs: Finnigan, Cowburn, Grieve, Gibbon, Robson.

Sunderland Ryhope CW 1 Sunderland RCA 2

Submitted by Rob Jones on Wednesday, 14 August 2019
Tuesday, 13 August 2019 - 7:30pm
The Emirates FA Cup
Stephen Callen celebrates after scoring RCA's winning goal.

Stephen Callen celebrates after scoring RCA's winning goal.

Please click here for match photos by Simon Mears.

After the emotionally charged match on Saturday there was a different feel about the replay as both teams realised that there had to be a result here tonight, bragging rights apart there was the matter of progressing in the FA Cup competition. RCA’s management team made one change to the line up with Mark Davison returning to replace Michael Charlton, they also made a change to their formation.

The opening minutes of the game were very tentative as both teams tried to settle into there respective game plans. The visitors were the first to have a chance as Callen latched onto a ball from Hodgson, dribbled past two defenders before   stabbing the ball towards goal where Winter managed to get a hand to it and the ball was eventually scrambled clear for a corner. Davison headed the resulting corner wide of the post. The Welfare responded quickly and a ball from Trewick was picked up by Rae who sent in a low drive which brought a good save from Dean in the RCA goal.

Sunderland RCA 0 Ryhope CW 0

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 11 August 2019
Saturday, 10 August 2019 - 3:00pm
The Emirates FA Cup
Nathan O'Neill

Nathan O'Neill and Karl Jones contest the ball.

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On an emotional day at Sunderland LGV Park football was always going to take second place as both teams and sets of supporters paid their respects to former player Richie Jordan. The teams mixed together and with the management teams, stood side by side respectfully observing a minute’s silence in his memory.

The RCA management team made three changes to the side that won as Guisborough in mid-week with Clayton Davis, Stephen Callen and Nathan O’Neill replacing Dominic Moan, Kyle Davis and Mark Davison.

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