Sunderland West End defeated 12th place Boldon CA FC 3-1 in a windy encounter at the Ford Quarry Complex on Saturday.
The hosts played well taking a 1-0 lead in the first half.
Boldon, however, came out fighting in the second half scoring early on, but Sunderland proved too strong.
West End Manager Anthony Nelson said: “The conditions spoilt the game but we got three points and that’s what we play for.”
Nelson was impressed with his team’s performance in the conditions, adding: “Our youngest player Jesse Cutter had a solid game at right back.
“Our new centre forward Kevin Gordon scored and always looked a threat.”
West End passed the ball around well in the early stages given the windy conditions. This resulted in an excellent team goal with a through ball and a smart finish under the oncoming goalkeeper in the 20th minute.
There was controversy in the 30th minute when it was suggested a Boldon player had stamped on West End’s number five.
Goalkeeper Neal Bussey pulled out a brilliant save in the 39th minute to deny Boldon an equaliser, saving a shot at point blank range.
The opening of the second half was cagey until Boldon won a free kick. It was rifled into the top corner after being fired across the six yard box in the 57th minute to make it 1-1.
Sunderland replied when they won a penalty in the 60th minute which was slotted into the bottom corner, sending the keeper the wrong way.
And Sunderland wrapped up the victory in the 73rd minute with a third goal.
With the victory West End remain seventh, three points behind 5th place Whitehaven with a game in hand.