Little doubt what the RCA talking point is these last few days, a succession of red cards. No doubt others will comment so I won’t say much, but everybody seems to think we were more than a bit unlucky with at least the double yellow sendings off. Rough with the smooth, rough with the smooth, is all you can say really, and buckle in for the next match.
Two defeats stopped our progress, that's for sure, particularly losing down at Pickering, a real body blow.
Still on we go, it looks like this is going to be a proper trappy league this season, with plenty of sides winning and losing against expectations already, and that will continue I expect. We won’t be the only surprise losers. Heaton Stan were the star turn this last week with their excellent win up at Ashington, a bit of a hangover for the Colliers after their superb FA Cup exploits maybe, but Heaton Stannington are really flying now after a slow start following their promotion. No great surprise, they have a great set up, a lovely ground and facilities, and are getting excellent crowds and they will only get stronger in coming seasons. No reason why they couldn’t flourish higher up the pyramid.
Ashington still look a real good bet for the top spot come April, although Bishops and Whitley Bay will be expecting to be there or thereabouts. But a few of those surprise results and who knows which other little old clubs could be in the mix.