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Billingham Synthonia 2 Sunderland RCA 1

Submitted by Rob Jones on Thursday, 27 October 2016
Wednesday, 26 October 2016 - 7:30pm
Durham County Challenge Cup
Michael Charlton shows some close control during the Durham Challenge Cup Match against Billingham Synthonia. Photograph by Simon Mears.

Michael Charlton shows some close control during the Durham Challenge Cup Match against Billingham Synthonia. Photograph by Simon Mears.

More of Simon's photographs can be found here.

Goalscorers: Synners: Crust, Langstaff:  SRCA: J Butler

RCA travelled down the A19 to play second division Billingham Synthonia in the first round of the Durham Challenge Cup and the management team made a few changes to the starting eleven, in came Charlton, J Butler and J Davis.

Sunderland RCA 1 Seaham Red Star 1

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 23 October 2016
Saturday, 22 October 2016 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1
Addsy on the attack during the match against Seaham Red Star.

​Addsy on the attack during the match against Seaham Red Star. Photograph by Simon Mears.

More of Simon's photographs are here.

Goalscorers: SRCA: J Davis,  SRS: Bird.

The management team almost had a full squad to choose from for the match against near neighbours Seaham Red Star. Only McNab (back), Cassidy (Knee) and Bussey (Fractured Ankle) were on the injury list. The return of so many players made the task of selecting the team a little more difficult and following on from last weekend's fantastic performance against Newton Aycliffe the manager kept faith with the majority of that team, with the only change being the retuurn of captain Swansbury to replace Cassidy.

Newton Aycliffe 2 Sunderland RCA 3

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 16 October 2016
Saturday, 15 October 2016 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1
​Kieran Graham in action during the second half of the match against Newton Aycliffe: Photograph by Simon Mears.

​Kieran Graham in action during the second half of the match against Newton Aycliffe: Photograph by Simon Mears.

​More of Simon's photographs can be found here.

Goalscorers: Aycliffe: Campbell (2), SRCA: Callen, McGuinness, McBryde.

Colin Larkin, Liam McBryde and James Cassidy returned to the starting line-up after missing the mid-week League cup fixture against Esh Winning.

With five players on holiday and three on the injury list it was a miracle that we could field a team at all but on paper this looked a competitive team. There were a number of players still carrying niggling injuries and it was a test of their character that they were willing to play through the pain barrier.

Esh Winning 1 Sunderland RCA 5

Submitted by Rob Jones on Thursday, 13 October 2016
Wednesday, 12 October 2016 - 7:30pm
Brooks Mileson Memorial League Cup

​Kieran Martin, makes another forward run in the Brooks Mileson League Cup match against Esh Winning. Photograph by Simon Mears.

​More of Simon's photographs here.

Goalscorers: Esh: Hird,  SRCA: Forster (2) Callen, Martin, J Butler

Team selection for the League Cup match against Esh Winning fell to Assistant Manager Steven Stewart and he chose a blend of youth and experience whilst also pitching in some players who were returning from injury, he gave a debut to Jordan Cook while returning to the fold were Adam McGuinness and Brad Forster. There were welcome returns from injury for Kevin Gordon and Stephen Callen while both James Armstrong and Kieran Graham took their respective places on the bench. The team was: Harkess, Richardson, McGuinness, Preston, Forster, Hodgson(c) Gordon, Cook, Callen, J Butler, Martin: Subs: Stewart, Guthrie, T Butler, J Armstrong, Graham.

Sunderland RCA 1 Dunston UTS 2

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 9 October 2016
Saturday, 8 October 2016 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1

Club Captain Clayton Davis holds off a Dunston defender during the 2 -1 defeat. Photograph by Simon Mears,

More of Simon's photographs can be found here.

Goalscorers: SRCA: Larkin, DUTS: Luccock, Burrell.

Some good news on the injury front as Stephen Callen returned to the squad for the match against Dunston UTS and after limping off on Tuesday Liam McBryde declared himself fit enough to go on the bench. Into the starting eleven came Clayton Davis.

Sunderland RCA 2 Bishop Auckland 1

Submitted by Rob Jones on Wednesday, 5 October 2016
Tuesday, 4 October 2016 - 7:30pm
Northern League 1
Goal scorer Colin Larkin in action during the 2 -1 win over Bishop Auckland. Photograph by Simon Mears.

​Goal scorer Colin Larkin in action during the 2 -1 win over Bishop Auckland. Photograph by Simon Mears.

​More of Simon's photographs here.

Peter Jackson's photos are here.

Goalscorers: SRCA: Larkin, Hassan Bishops:  Elliott.

Injuries continue to blight the season with the latest to join the queue being Michael Charlton, there are currently ten players receiving treatment which meant that we were down to the bare bones with only 13 fit players and two registered coaches available for the match against Bishop Auckland.

After their historic win against Farsley Celtic in the FA Cup on Saturday the visitors also had injury problems the most notable was the absence of Andy Johnson from the 16.

South Shields 2 Sunderland RCA 2

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 2 October 2016
Saturday, 1 October 2016 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1
Flavio Pereira Da Veiga during the match against South Shields. Photograph by Simon Mears.

Flavio Pereira Da Veiga during the match against South Shields. Photograph by Simon Mears

More of Simon's photographs here.

South Shields' video highlights are here.

Peter Talbot's photos are here.

Goalscorers: South Shields: Cogdon, Arca. SRCA: Swansbury, McNab

Craig Hodgson and Michael Charlton returned to the side after the mid-week defeat at Shildon. They replaced the injured Kevin Gordon and James Cassidy. The South Shields team saw the return of Julio Arca after a three week lay off through injury.

Shildon 4 Sunderland RCA 1

Submitted by Rob Jones on Thursday, 29 September 2016
Wednesday, 28 September 2016 - 7:30pm
Northern League 1

Reece Noble in action during the match against Shildon: Photograph by Simon Mears

More of Simon's photographs here.

Shildon AFC photographer Tom Clegg's photos are here.

Goal scorers: Shildon: Rae, Ferguson, Greulich-Smith, Wing SRCA: Larkin.

RCA started really well and went ahead. Hassan won the ball on the left and played a crossfield ball which evaded Robson and fell to Larkin who slotted the ball past Liversedge.

The ill discipline which has blighted the season so far for RCA supporters reared its ugly head again as McNab was judged to have fouled Ferguson on the edge of the box and was shown a very harsh straight red. That being said it was probably a yellow and the player had already been cautioned.

Within minutes a rash challenge from Gordon earned him a booking and from the free kick the ball was played to Dodds on the left and his cross was met by Micky Rae who headed home past new signing Sam Guthrie.

North Shields 3 Sunderland RCA 1

Submitted by Rob Jones on Monday, 26 September 2016
Saturday, 24 September 2016 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1

Ross McNab in action during the match against North Shields on Saturday. Photograph by Simon Mears.

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Goalscorers: Noth Shields: Carr (2), Hughes: SRCA Hassan

RCA’s management team were forced to make changes with Bussey out with a fractured ankle and Noble suspended, late fitness tests on Charlton, Cassidy and Gordon proved unsuccessful and none were able to take part. Into the team came Hodgson, and McBryde. New signing Flavio Pereira Da Veiga was on the bench.

After the goalless draw at Meadow Park last week there was an expectation that there would be goals in this game.

Jarrow Roofing 1 Sunderland RCA 0

Submitted by Rob Jones on Wednesday, 21 September 2016
Tuesday, 20 September 2016 - 7:30pm
Northern League 1

John Butler making his debut against Jarrow Roofing: Photograph by Simon Mears.

Further photographs from Simon here.

Goalscorers: SRCA: None Roofing: Chow.

RCA gave debuts to new signings Ross Preston and John Butler, though whether they are technically debuts is open for discussion as both players have played for RCA previously.

The squad was further enhanced by the return of Swansbury.

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