The University of Sunderland Netball 3rds lost their clash with York St John 5ths 45-4 in an a frustrating afternoon for the side.
In what was the first netball match of the day at CitySpace, Sunderland were on the back foot immediately and never really recovered.
York St. John wasted several chances in the first quarter, which ended 17-1 in their favour. They should have scored more though, with lacklustre finishing the only thing keeping Sunderland in the game.
Sunderland, to their credit, were far more compact throughout the rest of the match. But York St. John were far more clinical with their shooting than they were in the first quarter and continued to score regularly.
York went into half time with a 29-2 lead, before extending their advantage to 40-3 at the end of the third quarter.
Sunderland enjoyed their best period of the match in the final quarter, restricting York to just 5 goals and creating more chances than they had managed in the earlier quarters.
A newly-formed Sunderland 3rds side looked a little bit flustered in the early stages, often rushing their passes and giving the ball away cheaply.
But as the game went on, Sunderland organised themselves more and more defensively, took their time, and can take some pride in the way they frustrated their opposition in the final quarter.
Sunderland will have an instant chance of revenge, as they travel to face York St John 5ths in their next match of the BUCS Northern 9B league on Wednesday, October 19.