By Sam Johnson, Adam Smith and Alex Baxter

Braces from Craig Ellison, Jak Hanson and Arron Thompson put Sunderland in prime position to become NFYL North/Midlands’s division champions as they beat Coventry FC Scholars (HEN) 6-1.

Ellison opened the scoring after a flick on from strike partner Hanson put him through one on one with the keeper to blast it home in the 8th minute.

Sunderland doubled the lead in the 29th minute when Nathan Coombs had a shot saved with the rebound falling straight into the path of Hanson who tapped it in to make it 2-0.

Sunderland got their third goal from a corner which led to a goalmouth scramble allowing Hanson to get his second of the game from close range in the 41st minute.

Sunderland’s fourth followed quickly in the 43rd minute after a great diagonal ball from Coombs put in Ellison who calmly got his second of the game.

On the brink of half time, Coventry got one back after some sloppy defending from Sunderland making it 4-1.

 Sunderland replied immediately, however, after a good team move put in Thompson for a tap in to get his first of the game.

The second half was a more lacklustre affair with the only goal of the game coming in the 79th minute when Thompson wrapped the game up by getting his second.

This means fellow title chasers Liverpool must win all their remaining games to stop Sunderland winning the league.

Sunderland have a busy week ahead with the NFYL Trophy final against Brighton Scholars taking place at the Stadium of Light Wednesday 24 May followed by a possible title deciding game against Liverpool FC Scholars on Friday 26 May.

Speaking after the game, Thompson said the whole team are really looking forward to the week ahead and the final, while Head Coach Martin Jones said: “the team have been fantastic. They’ve taken everything in their stride.”