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Sunderland RCA 0 Bishop Auckland 2

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 13 February 2022
Saturday, 12 February 2022 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1

Ben Errington intercepts a Bishop Auckland attack.

Bishop Auckland FC were the visitors to Sunderland LGV Park for this Ebac Northern League Division 1 clash.

The pitch looked in good condition after the recent rain and, as ever, there was a strong wind blowing down the pitch.

RCA were looking to keep their four match unbeaten run going while Bishop’s would be hoping that their resurgence of form would continue with only one defeat in the last five matches, everything was set for an entertaining game of football.

Simon Jakab returned to the starting eleven after his suspension and took the place of Callum Guy who received a knock during the Whickham game and was rested for today’s match. New signing Callum Patton took his place on the bench.

The teams lined up as follows:

Sunderland RCA: Marrs, Allen, Charlton, Swansbury ©, Errington, Jakab, Hennis, Weirs, Davison, Annang-Colquhoun, Winn. Subs: Guy, Patton, Richardson, Hoganson, Carr.

Bishop Auckland: Liversedge ©, Milburn, Miller, Callaghan, Rowbotham, Lavery, Mills, Waters, Giles, Coleman, Whitfield. Subs: Winstanley, McNeill, Garbutt, Tumilty, Poole.

Whickham 1 Sunderland RCA 1

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 6 February 2022
Saturday, 5 February 2022 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1

Chris Winn in a sprint for the ball.

RCA travelled up the A1 to take on Whickham at a very blustery First Mortgage Glebe Ground. It would appear that the wind only appears when we are playing.

After a the recent management change at Whickham, things seem to have picked up and before the match they were one position and five points below RCA but with two games in hand. As in our first encounter at Sunderland LGV Park, where RCA won 1-0, another close match was envisaged.

The management team was forced to make one change to the team who won on Tuesday with Chris Winn replacing the suspended Simon Jakab.

The teams lined up as follows:

Whickham: Anderson, Howard, Elliott, Durrell, Galbraith, Agnew, Bissett, Peareth ©, Atkinson, Greenwood, Young. Subs: Priest, Below, Barlow, Jasper, Bewicke.

Sunderland RCA: Marrs, Allen, Charlton, Swansbury ©, Errington, Hennis, Weirs, Guy, Davison, Annang-Colquhoun, Winn. Subs: Carr, Hoganson, Richardson, Lawrence, Lennox.

Sunderland Ryhope CW 0 Sunderland RCA 2

Submitted by Rob Jones on Wednesday, 2 February 2022
Tuesday, 1 February 2022 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1

Taylor Richardson in action for RCA late in the match.

'A Life of Pie', the Northern League Blog is here.

Connor Lamb's match report is here.

RCA travelled the short distance up the Bank to play Ryhope CW in the second local derby of the season, RCA having won the first 1-0 in a close encounter in the opening game of the season when a Mark Davison strike was the difference between the two sides.

The management team was forced to make one change to the team who won on Saturday with Max Allen replacing Jonathon Carr who was unavailable.

The teams lined up as follows:

Sunderland RCA: Marrs, Allen, Charlton, Swansbury ©, Errington, Jakab, Hennis, Guy, Davison, Annang-Colquhoun, M Weirs. Subs: Richardson, Winn, Lawrence, Herdman, Lennox

Ryhope CW: Winter, Morris, Gordon, Trewick ©, Garside, Lay, Braithwaite, J Weirs, Taylor, Davis, Ellis. Subs: Bird, Harkess, Wade, Wallace, Southern.

Sunderland RCA 2 West Allotment Celtic 0

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 30 January 2022
Saturday, 29 January 2022 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1

Goal scorer Michael Annang-Colquhoun keeps the West Allotment defence busy during the first half of the match.

We welcome West Allotment Celtic to Sunderland LGV Park. Our visitors have been on a phenomenal run of form since they defeated us in November with only two defeats in the last 10 matches. RCA will need to be at their best to overcome this much improved team.

A strong wind had caused the postponement of a number of games in the Northern League but after a quick inspection by the referee Graeme Hopper the match was declared on. This pitch itself was once again in great condition for the time of year, testament to the hard work and dedication of the ground staff, Dave, George, Graham and Norman.

Michael Hoganson failed a late fitness test and Daniel Hawkins is still injured, while AJ continues his rehabilitation with a vigorous pre match warm-up. Will the home fans get a chance to see him back in action before the end of the season only time will tell?

The teams lined up as follows:

Sunderland RCA: Marrs, Jakab, Charlton, Swansbury ©, B Errington, Hennis, Carr, Guy, Davison, Annang-Colquhoun, Weirs. Subs: Watts, Winn, Allen, Richardson, Lawrence.

West Allotment Celtic: Hodgson, Baltazar, Leech, Forster, Scott ©, Errington, Thompson, Higgins, Hayton, Larmouth, Parkinson. Subs: Bryan, Monaghan, Martins, Bates.

Northallerton Town 0 Sunderland RCA 2

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 23 January 2022
Saturday, 22 January 2022 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1

Goal scorer Matty Weirs in the thick of the action.

Sunderland RCA made the trip south to play Northallerton Town at their Calvert Stadium for this EBAC Northern League Div I fixture.

After losing their last two matches 1-0, RCA were looking to bounce back against a Northallerton Town team languishing at the bottom of the table. However earlier in the season they had beaten us 3-2 so this was not going to be easy.

With the pitch looking to be on the heavy side of soft this would be a test of stamina for both teams.

The management team made changes from the team defeated in mid week by Crook Town.

 The teams lined up as follows:

Northallerton Town: Dawson, Marron ©, Hudson, Snook, Graham, Ryder, Chidanyika, Chapman, Rae, Stephenson, Hope. Subs: Thompson, Banks, Ramsbottom, Bruton.

Sunderland RCA: Marrs, Jakab, Charlton, Swansbury ©, Errington,   Hennis, Carr, Guy, Davison, Annang-Colquhoun, Weirs. Subs: Hoganson, Allen, Lawrence, Watts, Richardson.

Crook Town 1 Sunderland RCA 0

Submitted by Rob Jones on Thursday, 20 January 2022
Wednesday, 19 January 2022 - 7:30pm
Durham County FA "Frank Pattison" Challenge Cup

Simon Jakab clears the ball during the first half of the match.

Sunderland RCA travelled to Crook Town’s Sir Tom Cowie Millfield Stadium for this Durham County FA “Frank Pattison” Challenge Cup 2nd round tie.

Crook Town progressed to this round after a magnificent 1-0 home win against Sunderland AFC while RCA beat Winlaton Community 5-0.

In their previous meeting this season Crook Town took the honours with a 3 – 1 win at Sunderland LGV Park.

The management team made a number of changes to the team which was narrowly beaten by a strong Ashington AFC side on Saturday.

The teams lined up as follows:

Crook Town: Arthur, Eckley-Aldsworth, Pascoe, Fielding, Elgie, Myers, Webb, Hume, Nicholas, Smith, Hurworth Subs: Scott, Harrison, Guy, Tunstall.

Sunderland RCA: Ball, Carr, Hoganson, Jakab, Swansbury, Hawkins ©, Lawrence, Watts, Davison, Winn, Richardson Subs: Allen, Charlton, Hennis, Annang-Colquhoun, Weirs.

The players took to the field as the temperature plummeted.

Sunderland RCA 0 Ashington 1

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 16 January 2022
Saturday, 15 January 2022 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1

RCA captain Daniel Hawkins on the attack during the first half.

Today we welcomed Ashington to Sunderland LGV Park for this Ebac Northern League Division 1 fixture.

After last week’s match was called off after an outbreak of Covid in the camp left us with just 10 players, two of whom were goalkeepers, it was good to see that the majority had recovered sufficiently to be considered for this match.

This was to be not only our first match of the New Year but our first game since the win against Penrith on 18th December 2021.

There were two added bonuses on the selection front with Greg Swansbury declaring himself fully fit and Andrew Johnson doing a partial warm up after knee surgery.

The teams lined up as follows:

Sunderland RCA: Marrs, Jakab, Charlton, Swansbury, Errington, Hennis, Hawkins ©, Guy, Davison, Weirs, Annang-Colquhoun. Subs: Taylor, Carr, Winn, Hoganson, Watts.

Ashington: Dryden, Sampson, Doyle, Aziakonou, Coppen, Harmison ©, Briggs, Anderson, Johnson, Spooner, Robinson, Subs: Kalthoeber, Ross, Taylor, Lashley, McHugh.

Sunderland RCA 2 Penrith 0

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 19 December 2021
Saturday, 18 December 2021 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1

Kieran Charlton sets up a first half attack.

At this time of the year it is unusual to extend a WARM welcome to our friends from across the Pennines but today’s mild weather provided such an opportunity.

Therefore a warm welcome was extended to our visitors Penrith for this Ebac Northern League fixture at Sunderland LGV Park.

A presentation was made to long serving Penrith mascot Bradley Hodgson who is retiring at the end of the season after 17 years to set out on a new venture. All at RCA wish him well and success in whatever he decides to do. There will always be a welcome for him at Sunderland RCA. 

The management team recalled Ben Errington and Craig Hennis to the starting line-up against bottom of the table Penrith.

The teams lined up as follows:

Sunderland RCA: Marrs, Jakab, Charlton, Charlton, Hawkins ©, Errington, Hennis, Weirs, Guy, Davison, Winn, Taylor. Subs: Annang-Colquhoun, Carr, Watts, Hunter, Ball.

Penrith: Taylor, Best, Faustino ©, Moynan, L Brown, Patrick, Pilkington, Storey, Armstrong, M Brown. Subs: Milburn, Reay, Dean-Norman.

Sunderland RCA 4 Winlaton Community 0

Submitted by Rob Jones on Wednesday, 15 December 2021
Tuesday, 14 December 2021 - 7:30pm
Durham County FA "Frank Pattison" Challenge Cup

Layton Watts in action during the second half of the match.

More photos from the match are here.

Sunderland RCA welcomed Winlaton Community FC to Sunderland LGV Park for this Durham County “Frank Pattison” Challenge Cup 1st round tie.

Winlaton have had a good start to the season and currently lie second in the Bay Plastics Northern Football Alliance and they defeated Washington in the last round of this competition, while they are two divisions below RCA recent history has shown RCA to play below par in these games.

The management team made changes to the team that drew with North Shields 12 days ago in our last League game. Recent signing Callum Guy was named in the starting eleven to make his RCA debut while Michael Annang-Colquhoun and Taylor Richardson returned to the starting lineup. 

The teams lined up as follows:

Sunderland RCA: Ball, Weirs, Jakab, Hawkins ©, Carr, Winn, Guy, Davison, Annang-Colquhoun, Richardson. Subs: Hennis, Marrs, Bell, Watts, Errington.

Winlaton:  Staples, Hagan, Shepherd, Backhouse, Henderson, Wharton, Best ©, Pentland, Aiston, Collins, Candlish. Subs: Carrick, Cameron, Hendry, Priestley.

Sunderland RCA 0 North Shields 0

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 5 December 2021
Saturday, 4 December 2021 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1

Mark Davison plays the ball to Jonathan Carr during the second half of the match.

Third placed North Shields were the visitors to Sunderland LGV Park for this EBAC Northern League fixture.

After the problems caused by Storm Arwen last week it was a testament to the RCA ground staff that the pitch and the spectator areas were in such good order, a great effort by Dave, George and Graham.

RCA made one change to the team that beat Guisborough Town bringing in the experienced Chris Winn for Michael Annang-Colquhoun.

Unfortunately the run of bad luck continues to blight club captain Greg Swansbury who is now isolating awaiting the results of a PCR Covid test.

The teams lined up as follows:

Sunderland RCA: Marrs, Jakab, Charlton, Hawkins ©, Errington, Hennis, Lawrence, Carr, Davison, Weirs, Winn. Subs: Richardson, Annang-Colquhoun, Allen, Hunter, Ball.

North Shields: Marshall, Cartwright, McDonald, Ormeston, Myers, Walkers, Robinson, Forster ©, Wilson, Cunningham, Hird. Subs: Cassidy, Leonard, Smith, Paterson, Milburn.

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