By David Barwise, Guy Owen, Scott Paddon, Joe Ramage, Sam Smedley, and Peter Whalen
Sunderland AFC FoL coach Jamie Chandler heaped praise on his side’s “fantastic” discipline and “first class” team spirit as they claimed bragging rights over their rivals Shildon AFC FoL with a 4-0 victory on Friday.
Craig Ellison put the visitors ahead at Dean Street before three stunning second half strikes from Alex Ramshaw, Aaron Duell and Craig Muter sealed an impressive win in front of 230 spectators at the home of Shildon AFC.
“They’ve stuck together,” said Chandler.
“The camaraderie, the spirit amongst the boys is different class. Some fantastic goals, individual goals but you know, we’ll savour that. It’s a great night.”
He went on: “I think it was a very disciplined performance. We had a bit of a game plan, the boys stuck to it. I thought the discipline was fantastic.”
The win sees the Sunderland scholars move back to the top of the Midlands/ North National Football Youth League, something Chandler believes his side deserve.
“Going to the top of the table, I think, its where we deserve for the effort they put in,” said Chandler.
Ramshaw – who scored arguably the goal of the night – agrees with boss Chandler about his side hitting the top of the table.
“We deserve to be there, we train really hard every day so it’s what we deserve,” said Ramshaw.
Shildon FC FoL remain in fifth after the defeat with a trip to title chasing Liverpool FC Foundation up next, and while coach Alan Young was disappointed with the result, he was quick to praise their opponents.
“Disappointed with the result. They scored three fantastic goals second half,” said Young.
“But fair play to them. They done really well. They didn’t allow us to play, they got in our faces, they made it difficult for us.”