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Guisborough Town 2 Sunderland RCA 2

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 11 October 2015
Saturday, 10 October 2015 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1

RCA's Stephen Callen on a trademark run down the wing. Photograph: Simon Mears.

Goalscorers: SRCA:  Callen, Melvin:   Guisborough:  Bythway, Earl.

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RCA travelled to Guisborough Town with only 13 fit players and once again demonstrated that they are a team with great spirit.

Armstrong returned to left back and McNab was switched to centre back as the only change from the team that had played so well last in last weekends FA Vase match against Bridlington.

Sunderland RCA 3 Bridlington Town 2

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 4 October 2015
Saturday, 3 October 2015 - 3:00pm
FA Vase

RCA's Wayne Buchanan moves to tackle Bridlington Town's captain Tom Fleming. Photograph: Simon Mears.

Goalscorers: SRCA: Charlton, Hatch, Armstrong: Bridlington: Fleming, Clarkson.

RCA welcomed Bridlington Town to Meadow Park for this FA Vase 2nd Qualifying tie.

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The visitors made one change from the team that lost in mid week to Worksop Town, bringing in Knaggs for Clarkson who was left on the bench.

The management team of RCA gave a late fitness test to Callum Hope, but a niggling groin injury meant he would take no part in the game which was pity after his Man of the Match performance against Norton and Stockton last week. So in came Callen to replace him as the only outfield change to the team. Harkess came in to replace the on-loan Talbot between the sticks. Returning from injury both Hatch and Armstrong were added to the substitute bench.

RCA were looking to continue their rich vein of form which has seen them lose only one game in the last six and that was a penalty shootout against last season’s Vase winners North Shields.

Sunderland RCA 3 Norton & Stockton Ancients 1

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 27 September 2015
Saturday, 26 September 2015 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1

Goalscorers: SRCA: Gordon, Melvin, Coe. N&S Ancients: Braithwaite

RCA’s selection woes improved slightly today with the signing of Joe Melvin from South Shields and the return of Tony Coe and was further helped when Kevin Gordon past a fitness test before the game.

With most of the management team unavailable, it fell to Gee Errington to select the team and his selection saw McNab switch to left back in place of Richardson, he also gave a debut to Melvin who would partner Gordon up front with Hope switching to the left wing.

Norton and Stockton Ancients included ex-SRCA player Harrison Davies in their team.

Sunderland RCA 1 North Shields 1 (North Shields win on Pen)

Submitted by Rob Jones on Thursday, 24 September 2015
Tuesday, 22 September 2015 - 7:30pm
Northern League 1

Goalscorers: SRCA: Hope, North Shields: Parker

We welcomed North Shields to Meadow Park for the first round of the League Cup, a second meeting in six days: last Wednesday RCA were victorious at the Daren Persson stadium with a late strike from substitute Luke Proctor. Tonight’s encounter would be just as competitive and with the added bonus that the winner would face a Willington team who have had an indifferent start to the season.

Newton Aycliffe 1 Sunderland RCA 1

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 20 September 2015
Saturday, 19 September 2015 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1

RCA's Luke Proctor gets control of the ball ahead of ex-RCA captain Brian Close. Photograph: Simon Mears.

Goalscorers: Aycliffe: Close. SRCA: Buchanan.

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Please click here for some match photos from Newton Aycliffe.

Due to holiday, injuries and work commitments, SRCA were down to the bare bones for today’s match against Newton Aycliffe. Further problems were added in the pre-match warm up when Hughes pulled up with a recurrence of his ankle injury.

The management team kept faith with the goalkeeper and back four which had performed so heroically on Wednesday night. Proctor came in for the injured Brown and Charlton and Hope replaced Callen and Carr respectively in a re-jigged midfield. This left a bench consisting of McNab, Harkess (GK) and the injured Hughes.

North Shields 1 Sunderland RCA 2

Submitted by Rob Jones on Thursday, 17 September 2015
Wednesday, 16 September 2015 - 7:30pm
Northern League 1

RCA's Jonathan Carr competes for the ball. Photograph: Simon Mears.

Goalscorers: North Shields: Wilson, SRCA: Callen, Proctor

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RCA’s recent visits to the Daren Persson Stadium have resulted in defeats despite playing well, for tonight’s encounter with the FA Vase holders the management team brought in James Talbot, an on loan goalkeeper, signed from Sunderland AFC. Also added to the line-up were Luke Richardson and Jonathan Carr. Ex Sunderland player Cliff Byrne was also on the bench.

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.

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