The team travelled down the A19 for the second visit of the season to Teesdale Park, the previous visit being in the FA Cup when RCA came away with a 2-0 victory.
Events off the field had a dramatic effect on team selection for this fixture with players self isolating, suspensions and injuries causing major disruption to the plans. The management team worked extremely hard to even get a team on the pitch with the last minute signing of Manager Martin Swales to make sure that the club had at least the bare eleven. Some players then being asked to play when not fully fit.
The teams lined up as follows:
Thornaby: Konstantopoulos, Roddam, Flounders, Johnson, Frazer, Poole, Beddon, Kenny, Hutchinson, Hopson ©, Rye. Subs: J Davis, Foley, Bulmer, McGuckin, Walton.
Sunderland RCA: Dean, C Davis, Callaghan, Forster, Swansbury ©, Best, Leonard, Larkin, Fairley, Callen. Subs: Bell, Swales.
A mild night after a turbulent day greeted the two teams onto the pitch.