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.

Sunderland West End

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.

 
 

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