University of Sunderland Ultimate Frisbee coach Danny Venton said he was proud of the team despite them being knocked out of the cup with a 15-0 defeat to Durham University 2nds.
The performance was much improved from their previous game, despite the same scoreline, against Newcastle University two weeks ago.
Venton said: “We showed a massive improvement from our last game against Newcastle and I’m proud of the guys.
“I think in the first game there were a lot of nerves and players didn’t really know what to expect. But this time we were a lot more relaxed with the experience of a game under our belts.
“Durham were a really competitive team that have the ability to go really long or play it short, which made it hard when we were able to shut down one option. Then on defence, their marking was really tight which made it hard to get open.”
Durham University captain Tom Thorpe said: “It was a very good game, but it was clear Sunderland are a new team. However, they showed improvement even throughout the game and they’ll continue to develop with more experience.”
The vast majority of Durham’s team have been playing for two or three years, whereas Sunderland only started playing in September.
Thorpe added: “Sunderland have played the two top teams in the division now and I’m impressed with their quality. If they can build on what they showed today I think they can have competitive games with Northumbria, Hull and York St. John.”
Venton added: “Our aim going forward is to tighten up some things on offence and hopefully we’ll be able to score some points. We’ve secured outdoor training facilities now, so that is a huge bonus.”
Sunderland have been training inside the university sports hall, despite playing games outside. However, training has now been moved to the astro turf at Raich Carter Centre.
The Spinners play Durham 2nds again in the league away next Wednesday.