University of Sunderland men’s badminton side suffered an agonising defeat as they were thrashed 4-0 at Newcastle University on Wednesday.
With three players pulling out last minute, president and team captain Elliot Rodham had only himself and Jin Yap to call upon in this derby clash.
The void left by absent teammates meant the double-act would face two different pairs of the Newcastle squad.
A slow start from the traveling side meant Newcastle stormed the opening period as a lack of match sharpness cost the duo the first set, eventually loosing 21-10.
The second set continued in a similar fashion as the home side shot into a hefty lead, until smart play by the Sunderland duo drew them back level.
But the dominant home pairing began to hit top-form again, winning the next seven points which ultimately saw off the tiring Rodham and Yap, meaning the set ended 21-10 to the Tynesiders.
With Sunderland missing three vital players the away duo had no choice but to continue into the second game against fresh opponents.
A rejuvenated Rodham and Yap started brightly and gave Sunderland the early advantage, leaving the shell-shocked Newcastle 2nds trailing 10-3.
However, Newcastle responded emphatically to lead 20-18 going into match point.
After a terrific rally, a mistake from Ying gave the home team the winning point as the set finished 21-18.
In the final set the exhausted Wearside pair could not stop Newcastle’s dominance as they claimed a crushing 21-7 victory.
Next up for Sunderland is a home fixture against Huddersfield, with Rodham’s men to set have a full strength squad to call upon.