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The Riley Report

Submitted by Colin Wilson on Saturday, 20 November 2021

Good afternoon Ladies and Gentlemen

Firstly I would like to welcome Guisborough Town to our ground this afternoon, in a match which brings around the reverse fixture for the first time this season as we played them in only our second game of the season.

We will hopefully be on the right end of the result today, as a missed penalty and other opportunities in the away fixture made the result hard to take.

We go into the game on arguably the best result we have had this season, beating high flying West Auckland last Friday to push us into the top eight.

I thought we played excellently against Consett the week before but cruelly we could not hold on for at least a point, although I thought we were worth all three, but last Friday the boys managed to see out the game with a clean sheet, and also beat one of the most experienced and expensive squads in the division. The lads have shown in both those games the potential we have in our very young squad if they do things correctly and play the way we set them up.

The Riley Report

Submitted by Colin Wilson on Monday, 1 November 2021

Good Evening Ladies and Gentlemen

They say a week is long time in football and it certainly is. Including beating Billingham Town 4-3 last Saturday, to losing 3-2 on Saturday it has been a few weeks of frustration on management’s behalf.

Our general play is quite good and we are carving open plenty of opportunities. But the frustrating part on my side is the ease with how we have given goals away.

We have proved when we do the basics right we can defend. Aycliffe, North Shields and Frickley all spring to mind, but we haven’t done it enough so far this season.

The Billingham Town game was prime example. We were comfortable at half time and should really have gone on to wrap up a big score but we conceded two soft goals and gave them a chance to come back in the game; thankfully Sparky managed to get a winner for us.

Then Redcar, where we gifted two goals inside 5 minutes with abysmal defending to give ourselves a mountain to climb which is always hard at this level, and although we got back in the game and could of equalised at the death we didn’t really deserve it.

Fixture Changes

Submitted by Rob Jones on Friday, 29 October 2021

Please note the following fixture changes:

West Auckland v Sunderland RCA:   Friday, 12/11/21 kick off 7.30pm changed from Saturday,13/11/21

Sunderland RCA v West Auckland:   Friday, 4/03/2022  Kick Off 7.30pm changed from Saturday, 15/04/22

Durham County FA Challenge Cup draw

Submitted by Simon Mears on Tuesday, 26 October 2021

We have been drawn away to Northern Alliance Premier League side Winlaton Community in the First Round of the Durham County FA Challenge Cup.

Winlaton currently sit fifth in the league, with nine wins and four defeats from their 13 matches played to date.

The tie is scheduled to be played the week preceding 18 December.

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.