Sunderland FC Shildon scholars are hoping to bounce back from last week’s cup disappointment at Barnet when they return to league action against rock-bottom Burnley on Wednesday.
The young Black Cats are currently fourth in the Midlands/North division, just six points behind leaders Sunderland FC FOL ahead of their trip to Lancashire – knowing that they must improve on their performance at Barnet last week if they are to secure all three points.
“It was a massive setback because twice we’ve been down to London and stayed overnight and it should have been a good time but we’ve got beat so we’re looking to bounce back straight away,” said scholar Lewis King.
Coach Alan Young has insisted his side must move on from their cup defeat if they are to maintain their recent good form in the league.
“The lads are very disappointed after last week, but we sat them down and said ‘look, we need to move on’,” said Young.
Shildon’s scholars have won their last three league outings and will be hoping to close the gap at the top of the league ahead of next Friday’s derby against Sunderland FC. But Young is under no illusions of the test his side face at Burnley this week.
“We’re not going to take them for granted. We need to go there and we know we’ve got a job on our hands and we’re going to have to work hard to get the result,” said Young.
Burnley currently sit bottom of the league without a win this season and scholar Cieron Jackson has demanded his side show their recent form is no fluke.
“We need to try and get as many goals as we can against Burnley and prove that it wasn’t just a coincidence that we’ve won three,” said Jackson.
Young has admitted that a victory will breed confidence ahead of next week but maintains the emphasis is on Burnley.
“Hopefully we can go into next weeks’ game full of confidence but that’s not our focus at the minute, our focus is Wednesday,” said Young.