The Yellows entertained Sunderland Athletic at Norham in a game they were expected to win on current form. The boys dominated throughout and comfortably picked up three points to move into third in the league.
The home team reverted back to the 4-4-2 system following last weeks change of formation at Whickham and were on the front foot right from the off with James, especially, running the away defence ragged with his pace. On two occasions he skinned the full back and whipped inch perfect balls across the box but even from close range the home side failed to capitalise. The much needed opening goal came when Harry played a ball over the top for Owen, who cleverly finished under the advancing goalkeeper to settle the boys down. Further pressure continued, but the Sunderland keeper was in excellent form as he kept denying the home side with some fine saves. A few changes were made just before the interval to inject some energy into what had been a below par showing and that seemed to spur the Yellows on as all of the second half was one way traffic. The home side were now getting into the groove and playing some lovely passing football. The second goal came when the front two linked up well as Astin, who looked lively throughout, placed a ball across the goal for Owen to tap in for his second goal of the game. The third came later in the half when the same players were involved again but this time with Owen putting it on a plate for Astin to gobble up. Further changes were made to keep the players fresh and more missed chances went begging. Rowen, who linked up well today, could have got on the score-sheet with a couple of chances and on another day it could have been a hatful for the boys as chances weren't took. The clean sheet was maintained when Zack tipped his only shot at him to safety as the game drew to a close. Lucas, once again controlled the middle of the pitch, Astin was excellent on his return to the team but it was Josh (pictured) who shone at the back with an impressive performance in a new role for him.