Ahead of the winter break, the Sunderland 2nds netball team sit comfortably away from the relegation zone.
The 2nds have nine points from a possible 18, leaving them fourth in the BUCS league and behind York St John 3rds on goal difference.
The Wearsiders began the season positively with a victory over Teesside. Sunderland ran out 38-26 winners on home turf and collected their first three points of the season.
That winning start was soon to be forgotten, as league leaders Hull thrashed the 2nds 79-5 in their second match of the campaign.
A cup match was up next for Sunderland. However, their opponents Keele University were unable to field a team which gave the netballers a free pass into the second round.
They faced Hull in the next round of the cup and it was a chance for Sunderland to get their revenge after their league defeat, but it was the Yorkshire side who progressed following their comfortable 46-10 victory.
Sunderland managed to bounce back from their loss and were able to scrape a narrow 35-33 victory over York St John 4ths and secure their second league win of the season.
The 2nds endured a difficult spell against University of Sheffield and York St John 3rds where they recorded back-to-back defeats.
But in their final game before the winter break, Sunderland picked up their third win of the season after completing the double over Teesside in a 33-27 win.
That win moved them nine points away from the relegation zone before they return to action in 2017.
The 2nds continue their season against University of Hull on February 1 at City Space.