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Sunderland RCA 4 Billingham Synthonia 2

Submitted by Simon Mears on Saturday, 21 July 2018

Dominic Moan evades a challenge during a second half attack.

For more photos from the match please click here.

Following hot on the heels of Thursday’s win at AFC Killingworth, Sunderland RCA went into this afternoon's home friendly match with Billingham Synthonia looking for a fourth victory in five pre-season matches played.

A summer evening in Killingworth

Submitted by Tim Robinson on Friday, 20 July 2018
Sam Robinson

New signing Sam Robinson turns with the ball during a first half attack by RCA in Thursday evening's pre season game at AFC Killingworth.

After having me tea at Bob and Thelma's, I made my way to Amberley Playing Fields for the pre season friendly against AFC Killingworth, who had kindly agreed to reverse the original fixture. The home club,  the product of a recent merger between Killingworth YPC and Killingworth Town, have had a great start to their pre season, beating fellow North Tyneside club Cullercoats 8 - 1.

Season tickets on sale this Saturday

Submitted by Tim Robinson on Wednesday, 18 July 2018
RCA spectators - photograph by Simon Mears

Season tickets will be available for purchase this Saturday, 21 July at the home game friendly with Billingham Synthonia, which kicks off at 3pm.

Fantastic value for money, season tickets are £70 and £50 concessions, unchanged from last season, but please note that, because of changes in FA rules, these no longer include FA Cup and FA Vase games.

Fixture updates

Submitted by Tim Robinson on Tuesday, 17 July 2018

There are a couple of late fixture updates for our pre-season.

The fixture with AFC Killingworth is now reversed and will be played away, with a 7:00pm kick off:

Thursday, 19 July 2018 - 7:00pm
AFC Killingworth v Sunderland RCA
Amberley Park
Killingworth
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE12 6SE

On Saturday, 21 July we play Billingham Synthonia at Meadow Park with a 3:00pm kick off.

Summer in Stanley

Submitted by Tim Robinson on Monday, 16 July 2018
Luke Richardson on the ball

Luke Richardson weighs up his options as Mark Davison overlaps in the second half of the match.

Saturday, 14 July 2018

In weather as absurd for football as it was for Stanley, RCA took on Esh Winning in their third pre-season friendly, on the 4G playing surface at North Durham Academy. Foreign holidays, the Durham Miners Gala, England and Belgium vying for third place in the World Cup and an emergency hospital admission meant RCA's squad and coaching presence were thin. So: fair play to those who turned out for a match that lacked the glamour of last Thursday, but was nonetheless an important step to match readiness for the season kick off on Saturday, 4 August at home to Newcastle Benfield. It also extended new Assistant Manager Mark Cowan's 100% record! For Saturday's match Mark was assisted by Peter Elliott.

Sunderland RCA 2 Sunderland AFC U23s 4

Submitted by Simon Mears on Thursday, 12 July 2018
Nathan O’Neill

Nathan O'Neill - scorer of RCA's late penalty - fires in an acrobatic first half shot.

For more photos from the match please click here.

Please click here for Connor Lamb’s match report.

Sunderland RCA welcomed Sunderland AFC under 23s to Meadow Park for what promised to be a contest as keenly fought as last season's pre-season friendly.

After a fairly even first half hour, where RCA created a couple of good openings through Page and Callen, the match burst into life in the 37th minute when Benji Kimpioka scored a terrific six-minute hat-trick to give SAFC a three-nil half-time lead.

The visitors added a fourth in the second half, before RCA responded well to score two goals in the final five minutes, with Reece McEwan slotting home from inside the penalty area, and Nathan O'Neill scoring from the penalty spot.

Thanks very much to all involved at Sunderland AFC for making the match possible.

Thank you, Simon

Submitted by Tim Robinson on Thursday, 12 July 2018
Simon Mears

The 2017-18 season marked the end of an off-the-field era for Sunderland RCA: super supporter Simon Mears has hung up his camera and put away his reporter's notebook, bringing to an end a period when we have enjoyed extremely well written match reports, praised for their objectivity and analysis by the opposition, and super match action photos. Simon also contributed news items and maintained the fixtures list on the club website. Thanks very much, also, to Simon for his Twitter and Facebook work, carried out with diligence and professionalism. All in all, a tremendous amount of high quality work for the club.

From next season, Simon will be ground hopping, but I'm sure we will see a lot of him when and where RCA are playing.

Lucky 7

Submitted by Colin Wilson on Thursday, 12 July 2018

You might not know but Sunderland RCA run a very exciting football predictions competition through the season, the Lucky 7, which simply requires you to predict the results of 7 Premier league games to win an excellent cash prize of at least £150.00 each week, for a stake of £1.00 a line with rollovers reaching several hundred. It's done by email so if you would like to enter or learn more send email Colin Wilson at wilsonjohncolin@gmail.com for more details and to get on board.

You have to be in it to win it!

Saturday, 7 July: first pre-season look out

Submitted by Tim Robinson on Tuesday, 10 July 2018
Alex Ramshaw

New signing Alex Ramshaw, who has joined us from Seaham Red Star, in action on the wing in the first half of the friendly with Northumbria Police.

Dylan Elliott opened the scoring in last Saturday's 8 - 0 win over Northumbria Police at Nissan, converting a cross from Mark Davison on 15 minutes. Clayton Davis was the provider for Sparky to score two minutes later. In the second half, RCA ran riot. Jonathan Davis's goal five minutes after the restart was followed by four from the unstoppable Luke Page with Jak Ashton scoring with the last kick of the game.

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