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Brandon 0 Sunderland RCA 2

Submitted by Colin Wilson on Tuesday, 23 July 2019
Saturday, 20 July 2019 - 3:00pm

RCA starting line up: Dean; C. Davis, Hodgson, Lilley, McNab; Charlton, Elliott, Moan, McAloon, Davison, K. Davis

RCA made the trip out to Durham to face Brandon in our latest pre-season friendly. Many thanks to Brandon for their hospitality, and good luck for the coming season. 

Brandon looked to have a young and lively team who should have a successful season in the Northern League Second Division, we wish them well.

RCA were short of a few regulars for today’s game, which meant a starting opportunity for others and a chance to stake their claim.

RCA started very brightly and might well have been a couple ahead in the first ten minutes, with McAloon and Davison having decent chances. The game was being played at a lively pace with Brandon looking good on the break, a theme which was to become more evident as the game wore on. RCA were trying to control the ball, and Dylan Elliott and Dom Moan showed up with some good control in the centre of the park, with Dylan also successfully spraying longer passes cross field on a number of occasions. At the back Rob Dean looked a very safe pair of hands when called into action, was quick off his line, and also used the ball well from hand and foot. The unfamiliar back four unit gelled well, although Sam Lilley unfortunately had to go off after only fifteen minutes to be replaced by youngster Green, and we looked comfortable in defence with the full backs, particularly Clayton Davis, also getting forward at pace whenever the chance presented. It was a good competitive first half with both sides having their chances, but at the break it was goalless.

Sunderland RCA 1 Sunderland AFC U18s 2

Submitted by Rob Jones on Monday, 15 July 2019
Saturday, 13 July 2019 - 3:00pm

Paul Bryson brought his youngsters to "Sunderland LGV Park" for this, RCA's third friendly of the season.

Martin Swales named a strong RCA team.

The game started with RCA attacking up the slope.

In the early stages of the game Swansbury was injured in a tackle and had to leave the field to be replaced by Lewis Green.

An even first half saw only a handful of half chances by both teams with neither keeper being seriously tested. The Under 18s broke the deadlock on the stroke of half time when a long ball out of defence found Gooch on the right, his cross was only partially cleared to Kiernan who fired into the roof of the net.

Billingham Synthonia 0 Sunderland RCA 2

Submitted by Rob Jones on Thursday, 11 July 2019
Wednesday, 10 July 2019 - 7:30pm

RCA continued their pre-season warm up with a friendly against Billingham Synthonia from the EBAC Northern League Division 2.

The opening minutes saw RCA trying to control the tempo of the game with Synners taking a more direct approach.

Synners whilst trying to play out from the back were constantly harrassed and forced into mistakes by RCA's forwards and midfield and in the 23rd minute Callen siezed on a poor pass and, with the keeper out of position pulled the ball back to Davison who slotted into an empty net.

On 30 minutes O'Neill limped off to be replaced by Moan. He took only five minutes to put his stamp on the match with a superb 25 yard strike which flew past the Synners Keeper. Callen was again instrumental in the build up.

Callen Hat Trick secures friendly win at Horden

Submitted by Rob Jones on Saturday, 6 July 2019
Saturday, 6 July 2019 - 2:30pm

RCA started their 2019 - 20 campaign with a hard fought win away to Horden CW.

Both teams looked lethargic in the first half with the main chances falling to RCA but some superb saves from the Horden keeper and poor finishing by the visitors meant that they were unable to take advantage of their superior possession.

Indeed it was the hosts who took the lead late in the first half when a long through ball was guided over the head of Ezard and into the net.

RCA looked full of purpose in the second half. With Callen moved to a more central position he was receiving more of the ball and was soon on the score sheet, completing his hat trick inside a 20 minute spell during the second half. 

Dylan Elliott completed the scoring in the final 10 minutes with a rasping shot from 30 yards out.

Next up is away to Billingham Synthonia on Wednesday, 10 July, kick off 7.30pm.

Sunderland RCA 6 Penrith 0

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 14 April 2019
Saturday, 13 April 2019 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1

Dylan Elliott scored RCA's second goal from the penalty spot.

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Sunderland RCA entertained bottom club Penrith in this, the last match of the season. Penrith have had a bit of a torrid season but seemed to have turned the corner in the last few months culminating in reaching the Cumberland  Cup final on the 30th April.

The RCA management team were forced into making two changes with both Larkin and K Davis suffering injuries in Tuesday night’s victory against Seaham Red Star. Charlton and Moan replaced the injured pair in the starting line up.

The two sides lined up as follows:

Sunderland RCA: Patterson, Lilley, Lavery, Preston, Swansbury (c), Elliott,  Charlton, Page, O’Neill, Moan, McAloon. Subs: Elliott, McAloon, Kyle Davis, Moan, Lilley.

Penrith: Forrester, Hebson, Paul, Law, Eleftheriadis, Johnson, J Brown, Moynan, M Brown, Lee,  Holliday. Subs: Shields, Hayton.

Sunderland RCA 2 Seaham Red Star 1

Submitted by Rob Jones on Wednesday, 10 April 2019
Tuesday, 9 April 2019 - 7:30pm
Northern League 1

RCA captain Greg Swansbury brings the ball out of defence during the second half of the match.

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Connor Lamb's match report is here.

Sunderland RCA welcomed near neighbours Seaham Red Star to Meadow Park for this penultimate game of the season.

Injuries once again forced changes to the RCA line up. Howard and Davison both injured in the defeat at Guisborough were replaced by Lilley and McAloon. Larkin was switched to a centre forward role to allow McAloon to play on the left wing.

The teams lined up as follows:

Sunderland RCA:  Patterson, Lilley, Lavery, Preston, Swansbury ©, Page, K Davis, Elliott, Larkin, O’Neill, McAloon. Subs: Moan, Croft, Callen, Davison , Charlton.

Seaham Red Star: Bannon, Young, J Hailes, Gardiner, Myers, Gillesphey, Taylor, Kerr, Wilson, Robinson ©, Chilton. Subs: D Hailes, Henderson, Clarke, Greenwood, Wilkinson.

Prior to the match there was a minute's silence, impeccably observed by the 100 supporters, to remember Ernie Carlin and Bryan Mayhew who sadly past away recently. Bryan was a past Chairman at Seaham Red Star while Ernie held a similar position at RCA. They will both be sadly missed by the respective clubs.

Guisborough Town 2 Sunderland RCA 1

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 7 April 2019
Saturday, 6 April 2019 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1

Kyle Davis on the attack for RCA during the second half of the match.

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Sunderland RCA travelled to the King George V ground to play Guisborough Town in this Ebac Northern League encounter.

The RCA management team made 2 changes to the side that drew against North Shields eleven days ago, Dylan Elliott returning to the side following an ankle injury replacing Michael Charlton and Jordan Lavery replacing Sam Lilley at left back.

The teams lined up as follows:

Sunderland RCA:  Patterson, Howard, Lavery, Preston, Swansbury ©, Elliott, K Davis, Page, Davison, O’Neill, Larkin. Subs: Charlton, McAloon, Lilley, Moan, Croft.

Guisborough Town: J Nixon, Snook, McAvoy, Bythway, Marron, Young, L Nixon, Robinson, Hume, Earl, McNeill. Subs: Marshall, Close, Graham, Howard, Mills.

Sunderland RCA 1 North Shields 1

Submitted by Rob Jones on Wednesday, 27 March 2019
Tuesday, 26 March 2019 - 7:30pm
Northern League 1

Colin Larkin delivers a cross during the first half of the match.

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North Shields' match report is here.

Connor Lamb's match report is here.

Sunderland RCA welcomed North Shields to Meadow Park for this Ebac Northern League encounter, RCA were looking to continue their recent impressive form of 8 wins in 9 games while in stark contrast North Shields were looking to stop a string of defeats.

RCA management team made three changes to the side that won against Newton Aycliffe at the weekend, Preston replaced the injured Hodgson, Lilley came in for the injured Lavery and Larkin returned in place of Moan.

Stephen Callen returned to occupy a place on the bench after his hernia operation.

The teams lined up as follows:  

Sunderland RCA:  Patterson, Howard, Lilley, Preston, Swansbury ©, O’Neill, K Davis, Page, Davison, Larkin, Charlton. Subs: Moan, Croft, McNab, Lavery, Callen.

North Shields: Purvis, Donnison, McDonald, Hall, Nearney, McManus, McRoberts, Ormston ©, Day, Carr, P. Robinson. Subs: Johnston, Cunningham, Christie, Skivington, M Robinson.

Sunderland RCA 1 Newton Aycliffe 0

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 24 March 2019
Saturday, 23 March 2019 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1


Sunderland RCA entertained Newton Aycliffe at Meadow Park for this  EBAC Northern League Division 1 fixture.


The RCA management team made two changes to the team that beat Whickham on Tuesday night, K Davis replaced McAloon and Charlton replaced Larkin. There was also a welcome return to the bench for Preston who returns from injury.

Sunderland RCA: Patterson, Howard, Lavery, Hodgson, Swansbury ©, O’Neill, K Davis, Page, Moan, Davison, Charlton. Subs: McNab, Lilley, Croft, McAloon, Preston.

Newton Aycliffe: Pickford, Brown ©, Metz, Harrison, McNamara, Gavin, Wood, Carr, Hudson, Gash, Costello. Subs: Richardson, Matthews, Barnes, Ballam, Phelan.

Sunderland RCA 1 Whickham 0

Submitted by Rob Jones on Wednesday, 20 March 2019
Tuesday, 19 March 2019 - 7:30pm
Northern League 1

Captain Greg Swansbury renews acquaintances with former RCA 'keeper Dimitrios Tsapalos shortly before scoring the match-winning goal.

More photos from the match are here.

Sunderland RCA welcomed Whickham to Meadow Park for this Ebac Northern League encounter, the first between the two teams at Meadow Park since September 2009 when RCA ran out 3 – 0 winners.

RCA were forced to make changes due to an injury to Dylan Elliott during training on Saturday. His place was taken by Mark Davison and the reshuffle of the team saw O’Neill drop into midfield with Moan and Davison up front.

The teams lined up as follows:

Sunderland RCA: Patterson, Howard, Lavery, Hodgson, Swansbury ©, O’Neill, McAloon, Page, Moan, Davison, Larkin. Subs: Charlton, Lilley, McNab, Croft, K Davis.

Whickham: Tsapalos, Hedley, Kay, Martindale, Grieve, Scroggins, Burrell, Pearety ©, Bulford, Pattison, Orrell. Subs: Callaghan, Mordey, Cowburn, Stevens.