By Sam Johnson, Adam Smith and Alex Baxter

Sunderland FoL Scholars edged closer to winning the NFYL North/Midlands league title on Wednesday with a comfortable 6-0 win over Shrewsbury Town Scholars.

The win puts Sunderland 11 points clear at the top of the league after Liverpool Scholars, who have four games in hand, lost 7-1 to Shildon Scholars today.

Sunderland were quick to open the scoring just three minutes in after a ball over the top put striker Craig Ellison through to make it 1-0.

And Ellison was involved again 10 minutes later after a ball across the box set up Alex Ramshaw to make it 2-0.

Sunderland continued to dominate the game and made it three in the 35th minute after some great skill from Ramshaw set up Reece McKewan who fired it in from the edge of the box.

On the brink of half time Sunderland did the damage, scoring two in a minute. A powerful strike inside the box from Aaron Duell and a good finish from Ellison made it 5-0.

The second half was more of the same from Sunderland, making it 6-0 in the 53rd minute after a skilful goal from substitute Dan Armstrong

Head coach Martin Jones praised the versatility of his 24 man squad, saying: “It was great to give a bit of a rotation and a rest to some of the players.”