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Sunderland RCA 3 Penrith 2

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 13 September 2015
Saturday, 12 September 2015 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1

RCA's Luke Proctor leads an attack. Photograph: Simon Mears.

Goalscorers: SRCA: Davis, Larkin, OG.    Penrith: Little, Murray.

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RCA welcomed today’s visitors from Cumbria, a Penrith team who have started the season reasonably well with 14 points from 8 games and lying 6th in the league.

Although our own form has been a bit inconsistent there are signs that we are getting there and with a bit of hard work and commitment we can get the consistency that the management team are looking for.

There were two changes to the team who fought out a good draw against Ashington on Tuesday night with Brown and Charlton replacing Hatch and Jury, with Gordon being moved to his more favoured striker’s role.

The teams took to the pitch in torrential rain with RCA having the advantage of the slope in the first half. In the opening minutes the ball seemed to be passed from goalkeeper to goalkeeper as both teams opted for a long ball approach to the game, however with the wind and the rain the ball was always going to be difficult to control.

Sunderland RCA 2 Ashington 2

Submitted by Rob Jones on Wednesday, 9 September 2015
Tuesday, 8 September 2015 - 7:30pm
Northern League 1

Goalscorers: SRCA: Hatch, Proctor: Ashington: Harmiston, Atkin

Due to work commitments RCA made three changes to the side which was so soundly beaten on Saturday. In came Morris, Gordon and Hatch to replace Harkess, Brown and Proctor for the visit of Stephen Harmison’s Ashington team.

The visitors started well utilising the slope to good effect in the opening minutes, a ball from Atkin was collected on the left wing by Moore who cut inside before shooting but Morris was on hand to save at the near post, the ball rebounded to Moore and Morris had to be at his best to turn the second shot out for a corner.

Bishop Auckland 4 Sunderland RCA 1

Submitted by Rob Jones on Monday, 7 September 2015
Saturday, 5 September 2015 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1

RCA's goal scorer Stephen Callen clashes with Bishop Auckland's Graham Irving. Photograph: Simon Mears.

Goalscorers: Bishops: Johnson (2), Palmer (2). SRCA: Callen.

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After the excellent performance on Monday against Seaham Red Star the management team named the same eleven to start against a Bishop Auckland team which have had a slow start to the season but who had recently beaten Shildon.

Sunderland RCA 2 Seaham Red Star 0

Submitted by Rob Jones on Tuesday, 1 September 2015
Monday, 31 August 2015 - 12:00pm
Northern League 1

Michael Charlton takes evasive action as he is tracked by two Seaham Red Star players in the second half of the match. Photograph: Simon Mears.

Goal-scorers: SRCA: Hope, Thorp (og), SRS: None.

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The last time these two teams met in the league was on a cold Wednesday night on 26 January 2010; on that occasion a certain Liam McBryde came on as a sub for RCA and scored the winning goal in the 80th minute, today he lined up on the opposition's bench maybe looking to repeat the feat for Red Star.

RCA once again made three changes to the team who suffered defeat on Saturday in a 10 goal thriller against Shildon. In came Harkess to replace Morris in goal, Brown and Drysdale returned to the team in place of the injured Hatch and Hughes.

For the first time this season RCA had the advantage of the slope in the first half, not that it matters as the majority of the goals scored at Meadow Park have been scored kicking up the slope.

Sunderland RCA 4 Shildon 6

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 30 August 2015
Saturday, 29 August 2015 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1

James Armstrong clears the ball ahead of ex-RCA man Kyle Fryatt. Photograph: Simon Mears.

Goalscorers: SRCA: Hughes, Callen, Davis, Charlton:   Shildon: Gruelich-Smith (2), Donniger (2), Fryatt, Connor.

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Please click here for Shildon AFC TV match video.

The visitors to Meadow Park today were table topping Shildon boasting an unbeaten League record and without conceeding a goal in the process.

RCA made three changes to the team who won at West Allotment Celtic on Wednesday. Hatch came in at centre half for Byrne, Jury returned replacing Brown and Hughes was preferred to Ryan Noble up front as RCA reverted to a 4-4-2 formation.

West Allotment Celtic 3 Sunderland RCA 5

Submitted by Rob Jones on Thursday, 27 August 2015
Wednesday, 26 August 2015 - 7:30am
Northern League 1

Captain Marvel: Clayton Davis rounded off a trademark dynamic display with a well deserved hat trick.

Goalscorers: WAC: Pearson (2), Lee: SRCA: Davis (3), Hope, Callen.

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The management team made wholesale changes to the starting eleven for the visit to the Blue Flames Stadium.

The team was Morris, Reece Noble, Armstrong, Buchanan, Byrne, Proctor, Davis, Brown, Callen, Ryan Noble, Hope: Subs: Jury, Drysdale, Carr, Hughes, Richardson.

Jarrow Roofing BCA 2 Sunderland RCA 2

Submitted by Rob Jones on Monday, 24 August 2015
Saturday, 22 August 2015 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1

Goalscorers: Roofing: Campbell, Gordon.    SRCA: Proctor (2)

After the disappointment of going out of the FA Cup in injury time at Guisborough in mid week the management team made a number of changes to the team. Wayne Buchanan, transferred from South Shields, was brought in for his debut replacing the unavailable Byrne, Brown replaced Hope and Charlton came in for Hughes. On the bench were new signings Ryan Noble and Ross McNab.

Guisborough Town 3 Sunderland RCA 2

Submitted by Rob Jones on Thursday, 20 August 2015
Wednesday, 19 August 2015 - 7:45pm
FA Cup

Goalscorers: SRCA: Hope, Drysdale, Guisborough: Earl, Round, Snaith.

SRCA continued with injury problems before this FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round replay with Harkess pulling up in the warm up, replaced by Morris, Hatch failed a fitness test to start and went on the bench, however Larkin returned and the manager gave a Cliff Byrne his debut. Charlton and Brown were unavailable from Saturday's team.

Sunderland RCA 4 Guisborough Town 4

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 16 August 2015
Saturday, 15 August 2015 - 3:00pm
FA Cup

Goalscorers: SRCA: Proctor, Charlton, Hope, Callen.   Guisborough: Earl (2), Steel, Helm.

The injury crisis at RCA was somewhat removed with the return of Harkess, Drysdale and Coe.  Armstrong and Hughes had also shrugged off niggling little injuries, leaving only Larkin and Hatch on the injury list.

The game started in beautiful sunshine and although RCA started brightly they found it difficult to break down Guisborough's well organised defence and it was the visitors who almost opened the scoring in the fifth minute when a freekick from Bettson was not caught cleanly by Harkess and fell to Earl; fortunately for RCA the offside flag had been raised.

Dunston UTS 4 Sunderland RCA 0

Submitted by Rob Jones on Wednesday, 12 August 2015
Tuesday, 11 August 2015 - 7:30pm
Northern League 1

Dunston attack in the second half of the match.

Goalscorers: SRCA: none,      Dunston: Richardson (2), Morien, Smith.

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Please click here for Dunston's match report.

The injury problems continued for RCA ahead of this match, with Drysdale still out with an ankle injury, Larkin failed a fitness test and was replaced by Hope and although Harkess was declared fit Morris retained the number 1 Jersey.

It's a difficult enough task to select a starting eleven with a fully fit squad, but the management team at RCA at the moment are making selections based on who turns up fit on the day.

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