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Newton Aycliffe 0 Sunderland RCA 2

Submitted by Simon Mears on Thursday, 3 May 2018
Wednesday, 2 May 2018 - 7:30pm
Northern League 1

RCA captain Greg Swansbury sees the ball out of play late in the match, recording a third successive clean sheet.

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Goal scorers - RCA: Elliott; Page.

Sunderland RCA travelled to Newton Aycliffe tonight knowing that wins tonight and at home to Jarrow Roofing on Thursday would guarantee a fourth-place finish.

RCA made one change to the side that hammered Bishop Auckland on Monday night, with Colin Larkin replacing Stephen Callen.

The two sides lined up as follows:

Aycliffe: McLaren; Banks; Weldon; Brown (c); Browne; Grant-Soulsby; Jewson; Costello; Stephenson; Trotter; Matthews.

RCA: Pocklington; Armstrong; McNab; Preston; Swansbury (c); Elliott; Charlton; Hodgson; O'Neill; Page; Larkin. Subs: Ashton; Morris; McGuinness; Noble; Limbo.

Sunderland RCA 7 Bishop Auckland 0

Submitted by Simon Mears on Tuesday, 1 May 2018
Tuesday, 1 May 2018 - 1:30pm
Northern League 1

Stephen Callen scored a sensational five minute second half hat-trick.

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Goal scorers - RCA: Elliott; Swansbury; Page (2); Callen (3).

With a fourth-place finish in the league still within reach, Sunderland RCA went into tonight's home game with Bishop Auckland with plenty to play for in this busy final week of the season.

Scott Pocklington returned in goal, replacing Keith Finch, in RCA's only change to the side that beat Guisborough Town on Saturday.

The two sides lined up as follows:

RCA: Pocklington; Armstrong; McNab; Preston; Swansbury (c); Elliott; Charlton; Hodgson; O'Neill; Page; Callen. Subs: Larkin; Morris; Jonathan Davis; Ashton; McEwan.

Bishop Auckland: McHugh; Tait; Hart; Dinsdale; Hassan; Grant; Thompson; Richardson; Winn; McAloon; Goundry.

Sunderland RCA 3 Guisborough Town 0

Submitted by Simon Mears on Sunday, 29 April 2018
Saturday, 28 April 2018 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1

Michael Charlton scored RCA's second goal with a close range header.

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Goal scorers - RCA: Elliott; Charlton; Jonathan Davis.

Guisborough Town were the visitors to Meadow Park for this afternoon's Northern League match.

RCA made one change to the side that drew a cracking match at Morpeth on Thursday - Ross Preston returned to the side in place of Colin Larkin, with Craig Hodgson moved back into central midfield and Luke Page switched from midfield to play up front alongside Nathan O'Neill.

The two sides lined up as follows:

RCA: Finch; Armstrong; McNab; Preston; Swansbury (c); Elliott; Charlton; Hodgson; O'Neill; Page; Callen. Subs: Ashton; Pocklington; Limbo; Jonathan Davis; McEwan.

Guisborough: Nixon (c); Mills; Ferguson; Bythway; Lovatt; Close; Roberts; Seaton; McNeill; Robinson; Goldsack.

Morpeth Town 3 Sunderland RCA 3

Submitted by Simon Mears on Friday, 27 April 2018
Thursday, 26 April 2018 - 7:30pm
Northern League 1

Dylan Elliott gives RCA an early lead with a cool finish.

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Goal scorers - Morpeth: O.G.; Henderson; Taylor. RCA: Elliott; Larkin (2).

Following Monday's 1-1 draw with Consett at Meadow Park, Sunderland RCA made the trip to Morpeth Town tonight looking to extend an unbeaten run of six matches.

RCA made three changes to the side which drew on Monday - Reece Noble was named in the starting line-up, but was injured during the warm-up and replaced at right back by James Armstrong. Keith Finch replaced Scott Pocklington in goal and Dylan Elliott returned to central midfield in place of Ross Preston, with Craig Hodgson moving from central midfield to centre half, alongside captain Greg Swansbury.

The two sides lined up as follows:

Morpeth: Dryden; Carson; McDonald; Sayer; Turner; Reid; Taylor; Graydon (c); Walton; Henderson; Phillips.

RCA: Finch; Armstrong; McNab; Hodgson; Swansbury (c); Elliott; Charlton; Page; O'Neill; Larkin; Callen. Subs: Noble; Limbo; Ashton; Parnaby.

Sunderland RCA 1 Consett 1

Submitted by Simon Mears on Tuesday, 24 April 2018
Monday, 23 April 2018 - 7:30pm
Northern League 1

RCA man of the match Greg Swansbury clears the ball during the second half.

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Goal scorers - RCA: Larkin. Consett: O.G.

As the season draws to a close, Sunderland RCA began a busy spell of six matches in 11 days tonight, with Consett the visitors to Meadow Park.

RCA made two changes to the side that thrashed Bishop Auckland last Wednesday - Scott Pocklington returned in goal in place of Keith Finch, and Reece McEwan made his full debut for RCA, replacing Michael Charlton.

The two sides lined up as follows:

RCA: Pocklington; Noble; McNab; Preston; Swansbury (c); Hodgson; McEwan; Page; O'Neill; Larkin; Callen. Subs: Armstrong; Finch; Elliott; Jonathan Davis; Ashton.

Consett: Hayes; Lawrence; Kay; McKinnon; Purewal; Slocombe; Mackay; Smith; Sweet; Dowson; Male.

Bishop Auckland 0 Sunderland RCA 6

Submitted by Simon Mears on Thursday, 19 April 2018
Wednesday, 18 April 2018 - 7:45pm
Northern League 1
Stuart Thompson and Ross McNab

Supermac: Ross McNab clears the ball under pressure from former RCA player Stuart Thompson.

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Goal scorers - RCA: Page (2); Callen (2); O'Neill; Preston.

After three consecutive postponements last week, Sunderland RCA were back in action tonight, making the trip to Bishop Auckland, looking for a fifth win a row.

RCA made two changes to the side that beat Newcastle Benfield last time out - Scott Pocklington replaced Keith Finch in goal, and Ross Preston returned at centre half replacing Dylan Elliott, with Craig Hodgson moving from centre half to central midfield.

The two sides lined up as follows:

Bishop Auckland: Young; Hart; Hoganson; Galpin; Tobin; Dinsdale; Jury; Ryder; Winn; McAloon; Richardson.

RCA: Pocklington; Noble; McNab; Preston; Swansbury (c); Hodgson; Charlton; Page; O'Neill; Larkin; Callen. Subs: Armstrong; Finch; McGuinness; Jonathan Davis; McEwan.

Sunderland RCA 3 Newcastle Benfield 1

Submitted by Simon Mears on Sunday, 8 April 2018
Saturday, 7 April 2018 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1

Craig Hodgson carries the ball out of defence during the second half of the match.

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For Newcastle Benfield's match report please click here.

Goal scorers: RCA: O'Neill (3). Benfield: Orrell.

Two of the League's in-form sides met at Meadow Park this afternoon - Sunderland RCA were looking for a sixth win in seven, and a fourth in a row. Newcastle Benfield, meanwhile, are on a terrific run, winning their last six and nine of their last ten.

RCA made one change to the side that won impressively at West Auckland last Saturday, with Keith Finch returning in goal in place of Scott Pocklington.

The two sides lined up as follows:

RCA: Finch; Noble; McNab; Hodgson; Swansbury (c); Elliott; Charlton; Page; O'Neill; Larkin; Callen. Subs: Armstrong; McEwan; McGuinness; Preston; Parnaby.

Benfield: Grainger; Evans; Martin; Forbes; Pendlebury; Turnbull (c); Orrell; McEvoy; Brayson; Devlin; Scott.

West Auckland Town 0 Sunderland RCA 3

Submitted by Simon Mears on Sunday, 1 April 2018
Saturday, 31 March 2018 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1

Michael Charlton makes a run through midfield during the second half of the match.

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For Connor Lamb's match report please click here.

Goal scorers - RCA: Page; Larkin; O'Neill.

Following Tuesday’s excellent win at Dunston UTS, Sunderland RCA made the trip to West Auckland Town, looking for a third win in a row.

RCA made one change to the side that won at Dunston - Scott Pocklington, signed on Friday from Bishop Auckland, made his debut in the RCA goal, replacing Keith Finch who had suffered a broken nose during last Saturday's match at home to Seaham Red Star.

The two sides lined up as follows:

West: Bland; Morris; Cobain; Francis; Parker; Colquhoun; Bell; Dodds; Fisher (c); Mitchell; Wearmouth.

RCA: Pocklington; Noble; McNab; Hodgson; Swansbury (c); Elliott; Charlton; Page; O'Neill; Larkin; Callen. Subs: Armstrong; McGuinness; Ashton; Parnaby; McEwan.

Dunston UTS 1 Sunderland RCA 2

Submitted by Simon Mears on Wednesday, 28 March 2018
Tuesday, 27 March 2018 - 7:30pm
Northern League 1

High fives: Nathan O'Neill celebrates scoring a powerful header with Stephen Callen for RCA's equaliser.

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For Dunston's match report with video link please click here.

Goal scorers - Dunston: Hall. RCA: O'Neill; Larkin.

Following Saturday's good win at home to Seaham Red Star, Sunderland RCA were back in action tonight, making the trip to Dunston UTS.

RCA made one change to the side that beat Seaham at the weekend - Ross Preston was replaced by Luke Page, who returned to central midfield, with Craig Hodgson slotting in at centre half alongside captain Greg Swansbury.

The two sides lined up as follows:

Dunston: Harrison; Marrs; Halliday; Stafford; Pollock; Hall; Pearson; Burrell (c); Fitzpatrick; Heslop; Liam Thear.

RCA: Finch; Noble; McNab; Hodgson; Swansbury (c); Elliott; Charlton; Page; O'Neill; Larkin; Callen.

Sunderland RCA 3 Seaham Red Star 0

Submitted by Simon Mears on Sunday, 25 March 2018
Saturday, 24 March 2018 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1

Greg Swansbury competes for the ball with former RCA striker Liam McBryde.

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For Seaham Red Star's match report please click here.

Goal scorers - RCA: Larkin (2); O'Neill.

After five weeks without a home match, Sunderland RCA were back in action at Meadow Park this afternoon, with Seaham Red Star the visitors.

RCA made four changes to the side that lost to Ashington on Tuesday. Ross McNab, Greg Swansbury, Dylan Elliott and Nathan O'Neill returned in place of Adam McGuinness, Jonathan Davis, James Armstrong and Luke Page.

The two sides lined up as follows:

RCA: Finch; Noble; McNab; Preston; Swansbury (c); Hodgson; Charlton; Elliott; O'Neill; Larkin; Callen.

Seaham: Harkess; Munro; Price; Croft; Scorer; Staunch; Lawson; Chapman; McBryde; Bailey; Bird (c).

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