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The Riley Report

Submitted by Colin Wilson on Friday, 10 September 2021

Good Afternoon Ladies and Gentlemen.

I thought Saturday’s FA Cup game was another great game to be involved in, but unfortunately we came out on the wrong side this time. 

Playing higher opposition in Stockton Town we knew it was going to be a difficult game. 

I thought we started the game very well and they scored against the run of play, but we managed to get back level and the big moment for me in the game was Sparky hitting the crossbar just before half time.

The Riley Report

Submitted by Colin Wilson on Saturday, 28 August 2021

Good afternoon Ladies and Gentlemen.

I thought last Saturday’s FA Cup match was another great game to be involved in.

Playing higher level opposition in Frickley Athletic we knew it was going to be a difficult game. Myself and the coaching staff watched some videos of their recent games, and came up with a plan of how to play and thankfully it worked, as in the end we put in a great performance and could have won by a bigger margin. But the credit must go to the players who all stuck to their task and put on a superb performance for the travelling fans.

Emirates FA Cup draw

Submitted by Simon Mears on Monday, 23 August 2021

Sunderland RCA have been drawn to play Northern Premier League side Stockton Town at home in the First Qualifying Round of the Emirates FA Cup.

Stockton Town are, of course, no strangers to RCA, the sides having met numerous times in the Northern League, FA Vase and Brooks Mileson Memorial League Cup in recent seasons.

The tie is scheduled to be played at Sunderland LGV Park on Saturday, 4 September, with a 3pm kick-off.

Cancelled Fixtures

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 22 August 2021

Due to Redcar Athletics drawn FA Cup tie with Seaham Red Star our fixture on Tuesday, 24 August against Redcar Athletic is cancelled.

Our Match against Bishop Auckland on 4 September, cancelled due to our progression in the FA Cup, has been rescheduled for Tuesday, 12 October.

Details of other rearranged fixtures will follow.

Gee donates RCA jacket to Jamie

Submitted by Simon Mears on Saturday, 14 August 2021

RCA fan Jamie Knight receives Gary Errington's RCA jacket at half-time of the Northallerton Town match.

Former RCA player and assistant manager Gary 'Gee' Errington has kindly donated his old RCA jacket to RCA fan Jamie Knight. Jamie is a regular at RCA matches and also attends games at Ryhope Colliery Welfare and Seaham Red Star with his dad. Jamie is building an excellent collection of sporting memorabilia, which, impressively, includes training kit donated by former England cricket captain Sir Alastair Cook.

Riley Report

Submitted by Colin Wilson on Saturday, 14 August 2021

Good Afternoon Ladies and Gentlemen.

I thought Saturday's FA Cup game was a great advert for how I would like our team to play in the months ahead. From start to finish we played with a high tempo and looked to be positive in possession whenever we had the ball. If I am honest I was slightly disappointed not to win by a greater margin as I think our build up play deserved more, but if you had offered me a 5-1 win and a place in the next round of the FA Cup before the game I would have taken it straight away. 

Again there were plenty of outstanding performances on the day, but three lads who I thought were exceptional were Taylor Richardson, Greg Swansbury and Sparky. I thought young Taylor was a constant threat with his pace and trickery and to perform as he did on his debut only bodes well for the future and given time he will develop into a great player for us.

FA Cup Travel to Frickley Athletic

Submitted by Colin Wilson on Tuesday, 10 August 2021

FA Cup Preliminary Round 21st August 2021. Frickley Athletic v Sunderland RCA

Limited number of seats available for travel to Frickley for the FA Cup game on the 21st. Book with Rob Jones by text on 07932 951842 or by email on Priority booking for season ticket holders until Thursday. £10.00. Meet at ground 10.30 for 11.00 departure.

The Riley Report (Pre Bishops game)

Submitted by Colin Wilson on Monday, 9 August 2021

Good Afternoon Ladies and Gentlemen.

Firstly I would like to wish Bishop Auckland a warm welcome. 

A week is long time in football and from the thrill of winning last Saturday on the opening day of season against Ryhope CW to the disappointment of losing midweek to Guisborough Town.

I thought Saturday’s game was a good tight affair, and I was very pleased with our organisation and discipline. We were made to work extremely hard for the three points, but overall I think we thoroughly deserved the win as we restricted Ryhope to only one real effort on target and had six or seven good opportunities ourselves. 

There was also some great performances by the lads but it would be wrong to single out any individuals.