Luke Page in the thick of the action in Saturday's FA Cup win.
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Pocklington, Lilley, Mcnab, Hodgson, Preston (C), Clayton Davis, Dylan Elliott, Page, Moan, Larkin, Davison. Bench O'Neill, Kokoska, Limbo, Jonathan Davis, McGuinness.
Goals: Davison, Moan
Dryden, Marrs, Halliday, Stafford, Grant-Soulsby, Capewell, Thear, Pearson, Fitzpatrick, Heslop, Jack Elliott. Bench: Callum Elliott, Brookes, Hall, Nellis, Haley.
Goals: Heslop, Nellis, Stafford (pen)
Referee: Mr James Bancroft. Assistant referees: Mr Leonard Thurlow and Mr David Watson.
This was a cracking game between two good sides, clever inventive football, good strikes on goal, powerful challenges and top quality defending; and then a weird ending.
The game kicked off in a blustery wind and was immediately being played at a breathtaking pace. Dunston had the better of the early exchanges playing up the slope and into the breeze, which maybe allowed for more controlled football. The game was played mostly in midfield for the first quarter of an hour, and neither goalkeeper was seriously troubled. In the 16th minute a good move from RCA, as they finally got their passing together, ended with a super Colin Larkin strike which rattled the crossbar. Dunston responded with sustained pressure for a long period, and a number of corners and free kicks enabled them to get dangerous balls into the box, which were mostly dealt with confidently by RCA central defenders Craig Hodgson and Ross Preston and goalkeeper Scott Pocklington. As the half hour was reached RCA began to get more of a grip on the game with Clayton Davis looking dangerous running hard down the right and Dylan Elliott and Luke Page getting their foot on the ball and able to get better passes out wide and into their front men. In the 34th minute, though, Dunston might well have scored as a clever free kick from the corner of the box skimmed the cross bar.
Sports administrators the world over generally get a bad press, and usually rightly so, don’t get me started on FIFA, but when they get things right nobody notices much. So let me give a word of praise for whichever bright spark it was that came up with the idea of running a lot of sport’s European Championships at the same time, in a kind of mini Olympics. Athletics, swimming, cycling, gymnastics, etc. Brilliant if you ask me. And to then split it between two cities, in this first attempt Glasgow and Berlin, to end up with just enough variety, but not so much as to kill the more minority interests, was the icing on the cake. In the way of all great ideas it seems dead obvious when it happens; a case of “Why didn’t we think of this before?” Well done that man or woman. Must find out who it is. Just don’t expect any thanks or recognition, except maybe as a pub quiz question in 20 years time.
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.
1 - Nickname
2 - Position
3 - Previous clubs
Sunderland AFC, Hartlepool United, Bishop Auckland and Easington Colliery.
4 - Best moment in football
It has to be my five day trip to Paris for a European tournament with Sunderland u12s. It was a great experience.
On Saturday, 25 August 2018 at 3:00pm, we play Clitheroe of the in the Evo-Stik West Division in The Emirates FA Cup Preliminary Round. If you are interested in joining coach travel organised by the club, please email Colin Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Clitheroe's ground is: