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Swaz's thoughts

Submitted by Martin Swales on Saturday, 29 September 2018

So our run comes to an end! In all honestly, the boys have been great for us, over the past few weeks, we’ve worked hard, dug in and stuck together but unfortunately, that came to an end on Tuesday night. We seemed, flat, quiet and we didn’t seem to ‘click’ on the night. Second half, the work rate was definitely there but having to play 65 minutes with ten men just made our jobs harder. Obviously the past connections with RCW for myself, Gee and some of the players, made it tough to take.

Today we welcome Shildon to Park. A fixture that’s always a difficult one. Shildon have always had a good side over the past few seasons, but have lost their last few games, however it’s never easy against Shildon. They, like us, will be looking to get a reaction from their players and get back to winning ways. It’s really tight at the top of the league, so I expect this to be a really challenging game, but I’m confident, in my absence, that my exceptionally talented staff, Mark, Gee, Larks and Lenny, will be celebrating a win on Saturday night.

Finally, I’d just like to thank Rachel Davison, who’s decided to leave the club, for all her time and effort with me and the lads. It‘s much appreciated and everyone at the club wishes her all the best for the future.

Player profile: James Armstrong

Submitted by Tim Robinson on Saturday, 29 September 2018

1 - Nickname:

Army or Ruud Mullet.

2 - Position:

Central midfield or the bench.

3 - Previous clubs:

Sunderland and Hull City.

4 - Best moment in football:

Signing professional forms with Sunderland and playing more than seven games in a full season for RCA.

5 - Best goal:

It was a late winner in the FA Vase against Bridlington three years ago for RCA from 50 yards.

Highlights: V Ryhope CW (A)

Submitted by Ryan Prentice on Thursday, 27 September 2018

This week's game was the Ryhope derby and was the first of this season's highlights.

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Mark's message

Submitted by Mark Cowan on Saturday, 22 September 2018

Where do I start? After a bit of an indifferent start to the season, we look like we have finally turned the corner. Some great results over the past seven games and one not so good!

Beating our neighbours Seaham 5-0 away, beating Ashington with 10 men, a ‘blip’ in the FA Cup against Clitheroe - a game we should’ve won - but for me, the turning point was the game against West Auckland. Going to their place midweek, with six or seven players missing and digging in against a top side in the league, was a massive boost for us. Followed by the great win on Saturday against Benfield, showed the character of everyone involved. From a poor first half we came out and got the win, which was fully deserved. Got to say, a lot of credit must go to Gee, who is unbelievable at getting a reaction out of the lads.

It’s been hard for us lately, with players being injured, suspended or unavailable, but you’ve got to give credit to the whole squad. Players have come in, and not just ‘done a job’, they’ve been excellent. It was hard to leave young Sam Lilley out of the starting 11 on Saturday, and something I wasn’t looking forward to telling him, as he’s been fantastic for us lately. Obviously, Sam was disappointed but took it on the chin and took his chance when he came on. Both Sam and Dom (Moan) have been top draw since coming to the club and will be top, top players over the next few years. Good signings, again, credit to Gee for that.

RCA draw Bridlington at home in The Buildbase FA Vase

Submitted by Tim Robinson on Monday, 17 September 2018

We have a home draw in the First Round Proper of this year's The Buildbase FA Vase. We play Bridlington at Meadow Park on Saturday, 13 October with a three o'clock kick off.

The tie renews recent acquaintances. On 3 October 2015 we beat Bridlington 3-2 at home in the same stage of the competition. Two years earlier the Yorkshire club beat us 2-0 at their ground.

Kyle Davis joins RCA

Submitted by Tim Robinson on Thursday, 13 September 2018

We are very pleased to announce that Kyle Davis has joined RCA.

Kyle is a very quick, strong, tough competitor who wears his heart on his sleeve. He loves a challenge, as we know from when he has played against us, and can play in midfield or forward. His previous clubs include Bishop Auckland and Ryhope CW.

Lenny's lines

Submitted by Tim Robinson on Tuesday, 4 September 2018

RCA's goal keeping coach Lenny French reports on life at Meadow Park.

First, I would like to thank everybody at the club for their warm welcome.

It’s been a bit of an indifferent start to the season, a couple of defeats followed by a couple of good wins.

One thing that stands out for me is the quality in the depth of the squad of players we have. Every player wants to be here, every player goes out and gives 100% for 90 minutes. Being 4-0 down away from home to a side from a higher league and bringing it back to 6-6 just shows what characters are in the squad.

Saturday saw Ashington visit Meadow Park and also had young Andy step up and make his first start in the sticks as Socks was unavailable.

We went down to ten men early on in the game, but that didn’t stop the desire to win the game and we went on to not just win but to dominate the game, every player from 1 to 17 worked hard for each other, and that is what’s going to bring success to the club.

Lastly, I’m looking forward to getting back and working with Socks and Andy, they seem to have been having it easy these last few weeks.

Enjoy tonight’s game!



Player profile: Clayton Davis

Submitted by Tim Robinson on Tuesday, 4 September 2018

1 - Nickname:

Wig, Wiggy, Baldy or anything else associated with a receding hair line.

2 - Position:

Anywhere down the right hand side - or the bench after how I’ve started the season.

3 - Previous clubs:

Washington, Ryhope CW, Hebburn, Jarrow Roofing.

4 - Best moment in football:

Walking out at Meadow Park under lights stood next to Mark Davison - the boy is genius.

5 - Best goal:

Don’t score many, but the one at Dunston wasn’t bad! Someone said the groundsman was last seen on the A1 at Team Valley looking for the pegs.

Gee's craic

Submitted by Tim Robinson on Saturday, 1 September 2018

RCA's Assistant Manager, Gary Errington, reports on the Clitheroe match.

Wow! They say anything can happen in the FA Cup and they’re not wrong. I’ve never been involved in a game quite like it. We were 4-0 down after 50 minutes and then the fight back began. Not before a good tongue lashing in the dressing room and a few home truths told to the shell-shocked squad. It was a time for leaders and characters to step up as we were getting outworked and outplayed, but the reaction was superb. It was a game with not great deal of quality but a lot of big hearts from the boys.  We ended up with a 6-6 draw against Clitheroe, who were more shell-shocked than us at end of game. It felt like a victory for us.  The management team were so pleased with the reaction and never-say-die attitude. A special mention to the traveling support, who were great, and the singing was superb and we at the club all appreciate it.

The journey home was superb with a great team bonding drinking session which included some great singing from the new lads who just joined the club. There is always a downside of these trips and this was who had to sit next to Swaz on the way home and go through his holiday pictures again. Luckily it wasn’t me.