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Sunderland 3rd’s football team suffer a 10-1 defeat at home to York St John’s at the Clash of the Minsters this afternoon.

With many of the team playing for the first time, it was a tough match up against much fitter and organised York team. Sunderland came out of the blocks faster and were rewarded with a great goal by striker Banks, who gave Sunderland the early lead.

York St John levelled it up just before half time with poor marking to allow an easy finish. With Sunderland needing half time, York St John managed to get a lucky goal to take the lead.

Sunderland Manager Antonio Petrov remained positive:

“The first 20 minutes were good but after the 2nd goal went in we lost confidence and our heads went down. Some of these lads are playing for the first time. It was good effort from the team but we need more training sessions so the players can get use to each other to build the confidence of the team”.

With the start of the second half, York looked like they were going to score from the off but for great goalkeeping to keep Sunderland in the game. With York piling on the pressure it was only a matter of time before they scored again to make it 3-1 with a good finish round the keeper.

Petrov added: “We have great potential but there are no excuses for today’s result.”

Loss of communication and confidence played in the hands of York with Sunderland crumbling as they began to concede goals. It was a quick concession of six goals which secured York St John the win.

Captain Callum Grice added: “We started well and took the early lead but the York team were so much fitter and our heads went after conceding the 2nd goal”.