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Sunderland RCA 4 Penrith 0

Submitted by Rob Jones on Wednesday, 30 September 2020
Tuesday, 29 September 2020 - 7:45pm
Northern League 1

Tonight we welcome our Cumbrian friends from Penrith to Sunderland LGV Park.

With mounting injuries and unavailability on the night the management team only had 14 fit players to choose from.

Injuries to Preston Davison and Hodgson and the unavailability of Elliott, and Callaghan meant there were a number of changes to the squad.

Sunderland RCA 2 Whitley Bay 3

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 27 September 2020
Saturday, 26 September 2020 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1

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A windy Sunderland LGV Park greeted today’s visitors Whitley Bay. Both teams were in FA Cup action during the week with Whitley Bay winning 3-2 against Witton Albion to set up a match against Blyth Spartans while our fate was settled by an injury time blitz by Prescot Cables.

Today’s game saw the introduction of a 150 limit on the gate, the late announcement of this meant that it was not viable to issue tickets for the game.

Injuries to Preston and Hodgson meant a change in the team formation for the match:

The teams lined up as follows

Sunderland RCA: Dean, Davis, Callaghan, Forster, Swansbury ©, Best, Fairley, Elliott, O’Neill, Hope, Callen

Subs: Hodgson, Leonard, Watts, Carr, Agnew.

Whitley Bay: Bannon, Lowery, Dunn, Hennis, Hamilton, Gillesphey ©, Orrell, Robinson, Shanks, M Weirs, J Weirs. Subs: Taylor, Coulson, Jasper, Thompson, Annang-Colouhoun.

Sunderland RCA 0 Prescot Cables 4

Submitted by Rob Jones on Wednesday, 23 September 2020
Tuesday, 22 September 2020 - 7:45pm
The Emirates FA Cup

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Sunderland RCA welcomed Prescott Cables of the Northern Premier League to Sunderland LGV Park for this 1st Qualifying Round of the FA Cup.

This is the first time that the clubs have met and unfortunately the circumstances surrounding the playing of the game meant that we were not able to offer our usual standard of hospitality especially as our visitors had travelled over three hours to get here.

The RCA management team included Nathan O’Neill in the starting lineup after a number of weeks out through injury. James Fairley, nursing a slight injury was on the bench.

The teams lined up as follows:

Sunderland RCA: Dean, Forster, Callaghan, Preston, Swansbury ©, Hodgson, Leonard, Elliott, O’Neill, Watts, Hope;

 Subs: Best, Davis, Armstrong, Ward, Fairley, Bell

Prescot Cables: Allen, Edgerton, Johnstone, McCulloch, Cooper, Jackson, White, , Korie-Butler ,Monaghan, Hamilton ;

Subs: Van-Aston, Myler, Corness, McMilan, Fleming, Staunton.

Sunderland RCA 1 Stockton Town 0

Submitted by Rob Jones on Thursday, 17 September 2020
Tuesday, 15 September 2020 - 7:45pm
Northern League 1

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Sunderland RCA welcomed Stockton Town to the Sunderland LGV Stadium for this EBAC Northern League fixture.

Both sides were involved in FA Cup action at the weekend with Stockton Town coming out on top with a late winner against Billingham Town, while RCA were very impressive in their 2-0 victory over Thornaby at Teesdale Park.

RCA were forced to make changes as both Fairley and Carr were ruled out, into the team came the experienced Preston and Larkin with Watts the provider of both goals on Saturday replacing Dorward.

The teams lined up as follows:

Sunderland RCA: Dean, Forster, Callaghan, Preston, Swansbury (C), Hodgson, Leonard, Elliott, Larkin, Hope, Watts.

Subs: Best, Callen, Armstrong, Ward, Bell

Stockton Town: C.Roberts, King, McWilliams, Henry, D.Mulligan, Coulthard, Franks, Robinson (Portas 73’), Craggs (N.Mulligan 64’), Owens (M.Roberts 70’), Hayes.

Subs: Mulligan, M. Roberts, Risborough, Portas, Woodhouse.

Thornaby 0 Sunderland RCA 2

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 13 September 2020
Saturday, 12 September 2020 - 3:00pm
The Emirates FA Cup

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After a week full of uncertainty surrounding football at all levels and our specific injury problems off the pitch we were finally attending a much rejuvenated Teesdale Park for this FA Cup Preliminary round match against a much changed Thornaby team who have started a massive rebuilding exercise both on and off the park in the close season.

There was a crowd of 300 to watch the match and it was brilliant to see so many familiar RCA supporters at the ground with around 50 making the trip down the A19.

The ever growing injury list has been compounded by the withdrawal of loan players and work commitments which left 11 players unavailable for selection.

This meant that the side selected was one of, if not, the youngest team ever selected for RCA with an average age of 25. The management team brought Thomas Bell into the squad. Tom played in the under’17s team which won the league cup last week.

The teams lined up as follows:

Sunderland RCA: Dean, Carr, Callaghan, Forster, Swansbury ©,Hodgson, Dorward, Elliott, Leonard, Hope, Fairley; Subs: Watts, Ward, Bell, Armstrong.

Thornaby: Konstantopoulos, Roddam, Flounder, Drummond, Frazer, Taylor, Beddows, Kenny, Murphy, Hopson © Robinson; Subs: Hannah, Gardener, Foley, Rye, Carter, McGukin.

The teams took to the pitch on a gloriously sunny day to warm applause from both sets of supporters.

Sunderland RCA 1 Ryhope CW 1

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 6 September 2020
Saturday, 5 September 2020 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1

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Sunderland RCA welcomed Ryhope CW to The Sunderland LGV Stadium for the opening league game of the season.

Both teams were in action mid week in the FA Cup with RCA winning against Durham City while RCW were defeated by Consett.

We also welcome every one of the 206 spectators who made the effort to attend; we thank them for their patience and compliance with the COVID restrictions in place.

As always the work done behind the scenes tends to go unnoticed so we again thank the ground staff Dave and George for presenting a pitch in fantastic condition also thanks to the committee and volunteers who have worked so hard to get this match on.If you feel you would like to get involved i.e. help out in some way, either on match days or the days leading to a game, please speak to the Secretary, Chairman or any of the Committee members. “Many hands make light work”.

On to the teams for today, RCA had to make changes to the team from Tuesday night with Fairley failing a fitness test, Preston unavailable and when O’Neill pulled up in the warm-up another change was required. RCW also had injury problems with Winter and Price both unable to play.

The teams lined up as follows:

Sunderland RCA: Dean, Forster, Callaghan, Errington, Swansbury ©, Hodgson, C Davis, Elliott, Callen, Hope, Davison; Subs: Best, Larkin, Carr, Armstrong, Dorward.

Ryhope CW: Harkess, Morris, Gordon, Riding ©, Walker, Trewick, K Davis, Wallace, Hird, Hotchkiss, Bird; Subs: Winter, Weirs, Vincent, Ellis, Judson.

Sunderland RCA 3 Durham City 1

Submitted by Rob Jones on Wednesday, 2 September 2020
Tuesday, 1 September 2020 - 7:45pm
The Emirates FA Cup

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The long wait is over as competitive football returns to Sunderland LGV Park after the longest close season in history.

The fact that it was an FA Cup Extra Preliminary match just added spice to the occasion.

We were delighted to welcome every one of the 170 spectators who made the effort to attend and thank them for their patience and compliance with theCOVID-19 restrictions which are in place.

Excellent work from the club's ground staff Dave and George meant that the pitch was in fantastic condition and thanks to the committee and volunteers who have worked so hard in the close season to get the ground ready the season ahead.

The teams lined up as follows:

Sunderland RCA: Dean, Forster, Callaghan, Preston, Swansbury ©, Hodgson, Davis, Elliott, Fairley, Hope, Callen; Subs: O’Neill, Best, Errington, Agnew, Larkin, Carr, Ward

Durham City: Vidot, Osei-Agyenmang, Afriyie, Ampadu, Pinas, Grondin©, Rojer, De Guigne, Persee, Van Veenendaal,Wahab;Subs: Finseca, Hunt, Wainwright, Whelan, Aitouarg.

Sunderland RCA 5 Durham United 1

Submitted by Harvey Hinkler on Saturday, 29 August 2020
Friday, 28 August 2020 - 7:30pm
Friendly

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Our first game back at the Sunderland LGV Park and our final game of pre-season was both a welcome return and round off with a five-star performance defeating an eager Durham United side.

We were delighted to welcome spectators back for the first time since March and would like to thank everyone in attendance for their compliance with our COVID restrictions.

Excellent work from the club's committee and volunteers as the pitch was in fantastic condition and was primed and ready to welcome football back.

Friendlies week ending 16/08/2020

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 16 August 2020
Saturday, 15 August 2020 - 3:00pm
Friendly

Two friendlies took place this week. 

On Thursday we entertained Durham City at the Downhill complex.

It was a decent match against a very well organised Durham team.

A good goal by Mark Davison in the opening 10 minutes drilling in a low shot past the Durham keeper.

The game flowed from end to end with both teams playing some good football. As per usual anumber of changes from both teamns at half time.

The introduction of Colin Larkin for his first run out in a red and white shirt for over a season was a bonus.

Birtley Town 2 Sunderland RCA 1

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 2 August 2020
Saturday, 1 August 2020 - 2:00pm
Friendly

 

The first friendly of the new season and we travel to Birtley Town, the weather is kind a downpour two hours before the match and then the sun came out.

 

The pitch was in excellent condition and all the new Covid-19 restriction were in place. Players arriving with their kit on is a bit surreal as is the team talks taking place in the main stands or on the pitch.

Only a few committee men and the odd injured player from both teams formed the crowd.

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