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Sunderland RCA 2 Whitley Bay 1

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 15 November 2015
Saturday, 14 November 2015 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1

RCA's first goal scorer Stephen Callen makes a surging run. Photograph: Simon Mears.

Goalscorers: SRCA: Callen, Larkin. Whitley Bay: Hughes

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The threatened overnight rainfall did not materialise and so the pitch was passed fit to play.

The RCA management’s selection problems for this match were very different to recent weeks, this week there was a full squad to choose from save for the two long term injuries to Davis and Armstrong, both of whom are progressing well.

Into the starting eleven came Harkess for Talbot (on international duty in Ireland), Noble returned in place of Hope and McNab came in for Lane.

Whitley Bay, who are an improving side, made a number of changes to the team that won at our neighbours RCW in mid-week.

Bedlington Terriers 2 Sunderland RCA 2

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 8 November 2015
Saturday, 7 November 2015 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1

RCA's Luke Richardson competes for the ball. Photograph: Simon Mears.

Goal Scorers: Terriers:  Stephenson, Benjamin:  SRCA:  Melvin, Pounder.

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After a 12 o'clock inspection deemed the pitch playable, RCA travelled to bottom club Bedlington Terriers in an effort to extend their amazing 13 match unbeaten run.

There were three changes to the team which defeated Silsden in last week's FA Vase match. In came Talbot, Lane and Hope. to replace Harkess, McNab and Noble.

Silsden 2 Sunderland RCA 4

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 1 November 2015
Saturday, 31 October 2015 - 3:00pm
FA Vase

RCA left back Ross McNab holds his position in readiness for winning a high ball.

Goalscorers: Silsden, Wademan, Ndlovu:  SRCA: Proctor (2), Larkin (2).

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Please click here for the Silsden AFC match report.

We All Stand Together - a blogger's view of the day.

RCA made the trip to Silsden in West Yorkshire for this FA Vase first round tie.  

The management team, as expected, made changes to the team who performed so heroically on Tuesday in progressing to the next round of the Durham Challenge cup against Dunston UTS.

In came Harkess, Buchanan, Noble, Proctor, Richardson and ater a late fitness test Gordon was also declared fit and took his place in the starting eleven as RCA looked to extend their unbeaten run to 13.

After the rain of the last few days, the pitch looked in remarkably good condition, although it was sodden in places.

Dunston UTS 2 Sunderland RCA 3

Submitted by Rob Jones on Wednesday, 28 October 2015
Tuesday, 27 October 2015 - 7:30pm
Durham County Challenge Cup

Dunston's former RCA man Gary Shaw sees the ball out under pressure from Michael Charlton.

Goalscorers: SRCA: Byrne, Callen, Larkin, DUTS: Shaw, Richardson.

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This Durham Challenge Cup tie against Dunston UTS provided the management team with a chance to assess the fitness of a number of first team players returning from long term injuries. Once again they had a squad of 18 to choose from and after a long discussion made seven changes to the team who drew 2 – 2 with Durham City on Saturday. Into the team came Carr, Byrne, Drysdale, Brown, Hope, Scott and Larkin with Armstrong and Powell also added to the bench.

Tonight was also an opportunity for the team to equal the club’s record of 12 games undefeated while in the first division of the Northern League, the 11 already played is a fantastic achievement for such a young team, but shows what can be achieved with team spirit.

Sunderland RCA 2 Durham City 2

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 25 October 2015
Saturday, 24 October 2015 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1

RCA's Joey Melvin is outnumbered in a race for the ball. Photo: Simon Mears.

Goalscorers: SRCA:  Charlton, Callen.  Durham: Archer, Fairley

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RCA welcomed Durham City to Meadow Park for this re-scheduled match. Due to the ongoing problems at New Ferens Park RCA agreed to swap the fixture. More on the Durham situation will emerge in the coming days, but we wish them well in whatever they decide.  

The management team were forced to make one change to the team that defeated Washington last week. Luke Richardson was brought in to replace the injured Clayton Davis at right back. After the injury crisis of late it was a pleasant surprise to see 21 players at the ground fully fit and raring to go; some disappointed faces, but still a good team spirit amongst all of them.

Sunderland RCA 4 Washington 2

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 18 October 2015
Saturday, 17 October 2015 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1

RCA's Kevin Gordon feels the powerful presence of Washington’s former RCA defender Adam McGuinness. Eight of the Washington line up are former RCA players. Photograph: Simon Mears.

Goalscorers: SRCA: Charlton (2) Melvin, Drysdale. Washington: Okus, Davison

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RCA welcomed Washington to Meadow Park for this EBAC Northern League clash, the visitors, so far unbeaten in the League, boasted no fewer than eight ex-RCA players in their squad.

With more injury worries surrounding James Armstrong, the management team decided to give new signing Glen Lane his RCA debut. Other than that change the team remained the same as for the mid-week victory against Marske. However the bench looked a lot stronger than of late with the return of Harkess, Drysdale and Scott to add to Carr and Richardson.

Sunderland RCA 1 Marske United 0

Submitted by Rob Jones on Thursday, 15 October 2015
Tuesday, 13 October 2015 - 7:30pm
Northern League 1

Stephen Callen heads home RCA's winning goal. Photograph: Simon Mears.

Goalscorer: SRCA Callen, Marske: none

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RCA entertained Ebac Northern League champions Marske United at Meadow Park in what was expected to be a keenly fought contest, Marske lying fifth in the league with only two defeats in 11 games and RCA on an eight game unbeaten run.

The management team recalled James Talbot into the starting eleven after his exploits in Ireland against the Ukraine, to replace Jordan Harkess who had work commitments. They also brought in Luke Richardson for the injured James Armstrong.

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.

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