By Sam Johnson, Adam Smith and Alex Baxter
Sunderland FoL Scholars claimed the derby bragging rights against local rivals Shildon Scholars in a tough 3-2 victory on Wednesday.
In a game that saw some hard tackles, Shildon finished the game with ten men after Kieran Parnaby was sent off for receiving a second yellow card midway through the second half.
Sunderland opened the scoring four minutes in after an Aaron Thompson corner found the head of Codie Howe, giving the centre back his well-deserved first goal of the season.
But it took Shildon just three minutes to get back into the game after winning a penalty, which was put home by Dane Eltringham. And two minutes later Shildon took the lead after some poor defending allowed Eltringham an easy opportunity to make it 2-1.
Sunderland were quick to fight back after a long ball over the top to Jak Hanson gave him the space to take the ball round the keeper and tap it in to an empty net, making it 2-2 after 15 minutes.
The league leaders then took the lead after a great ball into the box by Alex Ramshaw was headed in by Thompson to make it 3-2 in the 23rd minute.
Despite having chances to increase their lead with Aaron Duell and Craig Ellison coming close, Sunderland kept the score at 3-2 going into half time.
The second half saw some strong tackles from both sides with Shildon’s Parnaby being sent off in the 64th minute for a strong slide tackle.
Despite the ten men, Shildon caused problems for Sunderland but couldn’t find the equalising goal, with the game ending 3-2 to Sunderland FoL Scholars.
Sunderland coach Jamie Chandler was delighted with the derby win, saying: “To get the win in a battle like that shows the character the boys have got.”
Sunderland FoL Scholars remain top of the league with five games to go, while Shildon sit fourth.