UOS Netball 2nd’s against York St John 3rd’s.

Sunderland University Netball 2nd’s crashed to a devastating last second 39-38 defeat to York St John 4th’s on Wednesday afternoon.

After being beaten comfortably by York St John 3rd’s a week ago, the home team went into the game with the aim of building on what they’ve learnt so far this season and hopefully have a much more competitive game.

And from the first pass to signal the beginning of the game, the hosts were clearly a much improved side compared to last week and would go into the end of the first quarter 9-5 up against a York St John team much higher up the league table.

The second quarter saw more of the same, with Sunderland continuing to be the team on top and looked destined to take their first win of the season as they led 19-16 at half time after some fantastic team play  throughout the second quarter of the game.

However, the away team responded as the second half began and would manage to pull the score level to 21-21 before the next few points then went back and forth between the two teams, showing just how close the match was before Sunderland were able to pull away as the end of the quarter dawned with the orange and blue’s taking a 30-26 lead into the final part of the game.

But the score line, and ultimately the final result, was to be hit by controversy as the travelling York St John team appealed a point scored by Sunderland with the reasoning of a scoring error by the officials and as a result Sunderland were docked a point as the fourth quarter got underway.

Both teams went on the attack in the final part of the game, with points being scored one after another by both teams. With one minute on the clock remaining, the game was a 38-38 draw before York St John snatched the win with a heartbreaking last second blow to give them all three points and keep Sunderland at the bottom of the BUCS table.

The final game of 2017 looks set to be a difficult match for Sunderland University Netball 2nd’s, as they play league leaders Sheffield Hallam 4th’s at CitySpace on December 6.