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Mark's message

Submitted by Mark Cowan on Saturday, 23 March 2019

It‘s been a while since we did this, and for obvious reasons, not enough room in the programme to talk about everything. Focusing on the past eight or nine games, has seen us get back to some form. Seven wins out of nine isn’t bad going, considering who we’ve had to play. South Shields were never three goals better than us and we certainly were the better side against Hebburn, just unfortunate we didn’t get anything out of it. For me, injuries have played a crucial part in our season, key players missing a big part of the season, we get one player back and lose another! Saying that, however, the lads who have come in have took their chance and been fantastic, which is testament to the character we have throughout the whole squad. This group of lads, every single one of them, are an absolute pleasure to work with, show great desire, commitment and have a great sense of togetherness, which plays a big part in the club‘s success, and, if it we hadn’t had so many injuries, I have no doubt we would be top three going into today’s game against Newton Aycliffe. We played Newton Aycliffe a few weeks back and the character shown, battling right to the end, proves the lads really are in this together. Same against Whitley Bay and the same against Whickham on Tuesday night.

So what are our aims for the remainder of the season? Simple, we’ve got five games left and we want to win our remaining fixtures, and see where we finish. We did it last season, so there’s reason why we can’t emulate that and try and beat last seasons top four finish. I fully expect Newton Aycliffe to give us another tough game, like they did at their place, but if we stick together, show the same level of commitment, show our quality and desire, I’m sure we can come away with all three points.

Match Highlights: vs Consett (H) 8 March

Submitted by Ryan Prentice on Monday, 11 March 2019

Highlights from this week's 4-1 home win against Consett AFC. A brace from Colin Larkin earned him man of the match, while goals from O'Neill and McAloon sealed the win.

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Two evening fixtures

Submitted by Tim Robinson on Sunday, 10 February 2019

Details of two fixture updates:

Following the postponement of our away fixture against Newton Aycliffe, the match has been rearranged for Tuesday, 26 February.

Our previously postponed home game against Whickham has been brought forward to Tuesday, 19 March.

Highlights: v South Shields

Submitted by Simon Mears on Friday, 25 January 2019

Here are the match highlights from the 5-2 Durham FA Challenge Cup defeat at home to South Shields on Tuesday, 22 January.

Highlights filmed by Ryan Prentice.

Durham County FA Challenge Cup preview

Submitted by Simon Mears on Monday, 21 January 2019

Stephen Callen in action for RCA during South Shields' last visit to Meadow Park.

On Tuesday, 22 January, Sunderland RCA are in Durham FA Challenge Cup, Quarter-Final action, when South Shields are the visitors to Meadow Park. Kick-off for this big match is 7:30pm.

The two sides have played some terrific matches in recent seasons, and Tuesday should be no exception.

Buildbase FA Vase preview

Submitted by Simon Mears on Sunday, 30 December 2018

Captain Greg Swansbury on the attack during RCA's terrific Third Round Vase victory at Shildon.

This Saturday, 5 January, is Sunderland RCA’s biggest match of the season so far, as West Auckland Town visit Meadow Park for a Buildbase FA Vase Fourth Round tie - kick-off for this huge game is 3pm.

An intriguing match is in prospect, with West Auckland yet to concede a goal in this season's Vase competition, however, RCA have beaten West twice this season, coming back to win after being a goal down at half-time on both occasions.

Christmas greetings

Submitted by Martin Swales on Sunday, 23 December 2018

Not the result we wanted to finish 2018, with a defeat against Ashington, but unfortunately, it wasn’t to be. We’ve had no luck with injuries this season with some key players missing but hopefully we will have players back in January and we kick on from there. There are some massive games still to come, starting with the visit of West Auckland in the FA Vase on Saturday, 5 January. We had a good win against them in the Durham Challenge Cup, but I fully expect the Vase game to be totally different. We’ve had some tough draws in the cups this season, and full credit to the squad we have here for some great results and never giving up, which was evident in the win against Shildon.

So with 2018 coming to and end, I would like to take this opportunity, on behalf of everyone at the club, to thank our supporters and sponsors and friends of the club for the support they’ve shown in 2018 and the continued support in 2019. The players and the management team will be working hard in the new year and hopefully make 2019 an even better year for everyone connected with the club.

So, all that’s left for me to do, is to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and I hope to see you all again in January.

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