Sunderland RCA got their run of pre-season matches under way with a five - two win - predicted by Chairman Owen Haley - at Team Northumbria.
In the first half's monsoon new signing Gavin Barton put RCA in the lead, controlling the ball to shoot home after a good Joe Walton cross. After Team Northumbria equalized, Barton was on hand again to head home from a Maddison cross from the left.
With the rain teeming down, Team Northumbria levelled the scores with a long range effort. RCA hit back straight away with an Andy Jennings cross shot finding the net.
Manager Neil Hixon swapped players around for the second half. Mark Davison hit RCA's fourth and Harrison Davies, returning from injury at the end of last season, made it five.