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Frickley Athletic 0 Sunderland RCA 3

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 22 August 2021
Saturday, 21 August 2021 - 3:00pm
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FA Cup away days are a welcome distraction from the Hurly Burly of the Ebac Northern league and it gives, on occasion, the chance to play clubs at a different level and in a different part of the country.

Today we made the trip into North Yorkshire to play Northern Premier League Div I East side Frickley Athletic who in their opening two games of the season had defeated Hebburn Town and Brighouse Town and lie fifth in the league. 

The rain which had been persistent throughout our journey to Frickley evaporated as we arrived at the ground only to resurrect itself in time for the kick off.

The management team made one change to the team that played so well at North Shields with Michael Annang-Colquhoun coming in for Andrew Johnson.

The teams lined up as follows:

Frickley Athletic: Askew, Whitehead, West, Woolford, Beatson, Everington, Hollinsworth, Burns, B Wells, K Wells, Williamson. Subs: Barks, Stacey, Mettam, Frecklington, Bottomley. 

Sunderland RCA: Ball, Allen, Carr, Jakab, Errington, Hawkins ©, Hennis, Best, Davison, Annang-Colquhoun, Richardson. Subs: Lawrence, Marrs, Johnson, Coghlan, Madden, Pinder, Lennox.

North Shields 1 Sunderland RCA 1

Submitted by Simon Mears on Thursday, 19 August 2021
Wednesday, 18 August 2021 - 7:30pm
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Taylor Richardson drives at the North Shields defence during the first half of the match.

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Following Saturday’s home defeat to Northallerton Town, Sunderland RCA made the short trip up the A19 for what, on paper at least, looked to be the toughest test of the season so far.

RCA made four changes to the side beaten on Saturday: into the starting XI came Ball, Allen, Best and Johnson, replacing Marrs, Thompson, Swansbury and Annang-Colquhoun.

The teams lined up as follows:

North Shields: Purvis, Cassidy, Walker, Ormston, Myers, Brannen, Forster, Cunningham, Wilson, Robinson, Brooks. Subs: Carr, Leonard, Smith, Lamb,Cartright.

Sunderland RCA: Ball, Allen, Carr, Jakab, Errington, Hawkins, Hennis, Best, Davison, Johnson, Richardson. Subs: Croft, Lawrence, Annang-Colquhoun, Pinder, Coghlan.

Sunderland RCA 2 Northallerton Town 3

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 15 August 2021
Saturday, 14 August 2021 - 3:00pm
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AJ on the attack in the second half of the match against Northallerton Town

Andrew Johnson on the attack as RCA push for a late equaliser.

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Northallerton Town visited Sunderland LGV Park for this EBAC Northern League Div I clash. Both teams have one league win under their belts with Northallerton defeating West Auckland Town which was a terrific result for them, so today’s match was going to be a test for a youthful RCA team.

The pitch once again looked in superb condition and the warm sunshine made for an enjoyable afternoon for the fans.

The management team was forced into one change with Thompson replacing Fairley.

The teams lined up as follows:

Sunderland RCA: Marrs, Jakab, Thompson, Errington, Swansbury, Hawkins ©, Hennis, Carr, Davison, Annang-Colquhoun, Richardson. Subs: Johnson, Ball, Best, Lawrence, Pinder.

Northallerton Town: Dawson, Jones, McAvoy, Crust, Marron, Snook, Jackson, Thompson, Rees, Stephenson, Graham. Subs: Rae, Whiteoak, Hastie, Wilson, Donachie.

Sunderland RCA 5 Bishop Auckland 1

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 8 August 2021
Saturday, 7 August 2021 - 3:00pm
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Michael Annang-Colquhoun slots home RCA's fifth goal of the match.

Sunderland RCA welcomed Bishop Auckland to Sunderland LGV Park for this Extra Preliminary round of the FA Cup. Both sides have enjoyed good runs in this competition in recent years and would be looking to kick start another run today.

The pitch looked in superb condition and the forecast of rain before kick off did not materialise. So the stage was set for an entertaining afternoon of football.

The management team made three changes to the team with Carr, Swansbury and Richardson replacing the injured Lawrence, Coghlan and Thompson. Both Thompson and Johnson were not fully fit but were included on the bench.

The teams lined up as follows:

Sunderland RCA: Marrs, Jakab, Carr, Errington, Swansbury,    Hawkins ©, Hennis, Fairley, Davison, Annang-Colquhoun, Richardson. Subs: Thompson, Ball, Lennox, Pinder, Johnson, Carling, Partridge.

Bishop Auckland: Liversedge, Rutherford, Pilling, Martin, Oakley, Gardner, Ameen, Lane, Winn, Hewson, Murphy. Subs: Malcolm, C Lamb, J Lamb, Taylor, Nixon, Harland.

Guisborough Town 2 Sunderland RCA 0

Submitted by Rob Jones on Thursday, 5 August 2021
Wednesday, 4 August 2021 - 7:45pm
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RCA made the long trip to Guisborough Town on a overcast evening which threatened rain but didn’t deliver any.

There were a number of players unavailable for this match and the management team were forced to make three changes to the starting eleven, in came Lawrence, Thompson and Fairley to replace Allen (injured), Carr (unavailable) and Johnson (slight injury).

The teams lined up as follows:

Guisborough Town: Dean, Redman, Bell, Dillon, Ord, Hood, Bartliff, Green, Johnson, Rowe, Plant. Subs: Waites, Watts, Webster, Smithyson, Roberts.

Sunderland RCA: Marrs, Lawrence, Thompson, Jakab, Errington, Coghlan, Hennis, Hawkins ©, Fairley, Davison, Annang-Colquhoun: Subs: Johnson, Croft, Richardson, Lennox, Ball.

Sunderland RCA 1 Sunderland Ryhope CW 0

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 1 August 2021
Saturday, 31 July 2021 - 3:00pm
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Match winner Mark Davison warms the hands of Ryhope CW's James Winter during the first half of the match.

A very warm welcome back to football to our supporters who have been denied access to league matches since last December.

Since the start of the enforced lockdown there have been a number of changes at Sunderland LGV Park. The refurbished stand and re-painted clubhouse front are looking superb while the pitch is looking immaculate thanks to the magnificent efforts of the groundstaff. Dave, George and Graham ably assisted by Norman.

There have also been many changes to the team with the resignation of Martin Swales, his successor Steve Riley brought in Leon Carling and Dan Madden to assist him and they have quietly gone about the process of rebuilding the team with a mixture of Youth and Experience.

The league season began with the visit of neighbours, Ryhope CW to Sunderland LGV Park for the first local derby of the season.

A decent crowd of 168 were in attendance for the start of this long awaited resumption of competitive football.

The teams lined up as follows:

Sunderland RCA: Marrs, Allen, Carr, Jakab, Errington, Coghlan, Hennis, Hawkins ©, Johnson, Davison, Annang-Colquhoun. Subs: Best, Milburn, Richardson, Lawrence, Thompson.

Ryhope CW: Winter, Wade, Gordon, Riding, Garside, Trewick, Vincent, Wallace, Hird, Bird, Scothern. Subs: Morris, Harkess, Dart, Watson, Slack.

Sunderland RCA 3 Shildon 2

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 25 July 2021
Saturday, 24 July 2021 - 3:00pm

Sunderland RCA welcomed, Northern Premier League,  Shildon to Sunderland LGV Park for this pre-season friendly.

The Management team would be looking for a positive reaction from the players after the midweek defeat at Willington.

RCA lined up as follows:

Ball, Carr, Thompson, Carling, Errington, Hawkins, Coghlan, Hennis, Davison, Annan-Colquohoun, Johnson Subs from: Fairley, Best, Wilson, Lennox, Taylor, Partridge, Moncur and Herdman.

Willington AFC 4 Sunderland RCA 0

Submitted by Rob Jones on Thursday, 22 July 2021
Wednesday, 21 July 2021 - 7:30pm

Sunderland RCA travelled to Willington fr this pre-season friendly. With the manager on holiday and a number of players working or injured the team lined up as follows:

Ball,Lawrence, Cox,Carling, Errington, Coghlan,Milburn, Best, Annang-Colquhoun, Thompson, Richardson. (4-3-3). Subs: Fairley, Dorward, Wilson, Lennox, Bell, Partridge, Moncur, 

The game kicked off with Willington taking advantage of the slope and although RCA had the better of the opening 10 minutes they were unable create anything in the final third.

Sunderland RCA 4 Billingham Synthonia 0

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 18 July 2021
Saturday, 17 July 2021 - 3:00pm

Goal scorer Andrew Johnson on the attack during the second half of the match.

Today we welcomed Billingham Synthonia to Sunderland LGV Park for this our third pre-season friendly. The squad was almost back to full strength with the return of Fairley, Johnson and Thompson.

RCA lined up as follows:

Ball, Lawrence. Trialist A, Hawkins, Errington, Carr, Best, Milburn, Davison, Richardson, Annag-Colquhoun. Subs from: Fairley, Johnson, Thompson, Bell, Partridge, Lennox, Trialist B.

With temperatures soaring towards 80 degrees, this was going to be a tough test for both teams.

Sunderland RCA 4 Ryton and Crawcrook Albion 3

Submitted by Rob Jones on Wednesday, 14 July 2021
Tuesday, 13 July 2021 - 7:30pm

We welcomed Ryton and Crawcrook Albion to the Sunderland LGV Park for our first home friendly of the season.

Injuries and work commitments meant that seven players were unavailable for selection.

The teams lined up as follows:

Sunderland RCA: Ball, Allen, Carling, Errington, Dorward, Hawkins, Coghlan, Best,Davison, Annan-Colquohoun, Milburn: Subs from: Wilson, Lennox, Richardson, Partridge and Trialist.

Ryton and Crawcrook Albion: Gladstone, Below, Brown, Laws, Turnbull, Dodsworth, Davis, Johnson, Thompson, McLeod, Jasper

The teams took to the field on a lovely calm evening, ideal conditions for playing football