February was a month to forget for the University of Sunderland men’s Badminton team in the BUCS Northern 5B division, as three losses in three games leaves Peter Walton’s side in seventh place, only one position above bottom placed Teesside.
Walton had previously made clear his concerns that his side were sometimes unable to field a full team, saying back in November that his side “aren’t well resourced really so at times we can be left short.”
This proved to still be true, as their second game of the month at York St John’s was forfeited as Sunderland could not field a full team.
It was not the first time that the Wearsiders had been forced into forfeiting a game, with games against Hull and Leeds Trinity also being forfeited for the same reason earlier on in the season.
Sunderland competed in two other matches over the course of the month, against Leeds Trinity 1sts and Bradford 1sts, with both games not going the way Walton had planned.
The match at home against Leeds Trinity was a whitewash with the visitors upstaging the hosts and recording an 8-0 victory in a result that the side attempted to put behind them as quickly as possible.
The trip to Bradford University saw a closer game, with Sunderland suffering a narrow 5-3 loss. The match saw a good response from Sunderland after their humiliation against Leeds, and on another day the result may well have been in their favour.