Sunderland Men’s 3rds losing streak continued after a 6-1 thrashing against Sheffield Hallam 4th’s to remain bottom of the Northern 6B league table.  

Despite a late consolation from Keeran Harrison, a rampant Sheffield Hallam scored six, three of which were in the space of 8 minutes to condemn the hosts to their sixth defeat in a row heading into the Christmas/New Year break.

Following on from last weeks defeat to York St John’s 4th team, University of Sunderland 3rd team coach Dan Kendall and assistant coach Matty Lyons decided to make numerous changes before kick-off with Ben Ballantyne, Kane France, John Boules, Liam Alison, Connor Hunt and Ammar Abul all coming into the side.

After a sluggish start to the match, Sheffield opened the scoring on 23 minutes after an in swinging cross was misjudged at the back post for a simple tap in.

The lead was then doubled just 3 minutes later after some neat build up play, and was followed by a great strike on the edge of the penalty area from the Sheffield central midfielder, who buried it first time into the top right hand corner giving Sunderland goalkeeper Alistair Scott no chance whatsoever.

And it almost got worse for Sunderland just before half-time when the visitors had a great chance to go 3-0 up when the Sheffield skipper remarkably hit the crossbar from just six yards out, denying what seemed like a certain goal.

Nonetheless, a missed opportunity for Sheffield, but an even bigger let off for Sunderland before the break.

When the second half got back underway, the home side started off brighter and created some clear cut chances with Joao Francisco and Jimmy Jackson both going close, Francisco was kept out at close range and Jackson sent his effort just wide of the left hand post.

However, Sheffield responded well and with the help of Sunderland switching off again grabbed three within the space of 8 minutes, the third came in the 56th minute through their striker, who got on the end of a misplaced pass and calmly slotted the ball home.

The fourth arrived just 6 minutes later, a diagonal ball over the Sunderland defence saw the Hallam striker pounce and fire home his second of the afternoon.

Soon four became five on the 64th minute after a composed finish from the left winger, who cut inside and delivered a thunderous strike into the bottom right corner with scenes of disbelief in the Sunderland technical area.

On 71 minutes, it was to go from bad to worse for the hosts as the visitors made it 6-0 with an unmarked cushioned header over Scott into the back of the net.

Sunderland meanwhile did get one back late on through Harrison’s exquisite lob over the Sheffield goalkeeper which ended up sparking some brief celebrations. Ultimately though, the damage had already been done.

University of Sunderland, Men’s 3rd Team – Scott (GK), Abul, France, Mensforth, Boules, Francisco, Jackson, Alison, Hunt, Ballantyne, Harrison

Subs – Topping, Akshay, Bratton, Siskin, Fawaz

Man of the Match – Keeran Harrison