RCA's forward and coach, Colin Larkin, reports on the build up to the visit of Dunston UTS.
I'd like to start with last Saturday's excellent Emirates FA Cup performance against our neighbours Ryhope Colliery Welfare. For a club like ourselves the financial gain of progressing is big, but to put one over our rivals in the manner we did was bigger. The game was spoilt with injury to Swanna and Stevie Callen's sending off. Both players have been stand out performers this season. On the positive side it was great to see Sparky get his first goals for the club.
With such a big squad we had a friendly for the lads who were short on game time against Easington CW at Nissan. It was also a chance to introduce our new loan signing from Blyth Spartans, Jordan Watson, to the lads. With shirts up for grabs, everyone put in a top performance against a very good Easington side who were full of energy. Clinical finishing from Dom Moan (2), Dimi, Nath O'Neill and Alex Ramshaw and stand out performances by Adzey and JD have given Swaz a major headache for today’s game.
The match against Dunston is going be very tough. They are team who are excellent in possession and who work their socks of out of possession, so it’s vital we are on our game and play with a high tempo. They’ve made a great start too and it’s a team I predict to be up there come the end of the season.
Lastly, it's a farewell to Keith Finch who has decided to leave RCA to play first team football elsewhere. Like all the lads I’m gutted to see him go and wish him all the best. He’ll be missed in the changing room and so will his videos on the WhatsApp group. We’ll be seeing you, Finchy.