Despite falling to a sixth consecutive league defeat against Sheffield Hallam 4th’s, University of Sunderland 3rd team coach Daniel Kendal insists he’s still pleased with his side’s effort and commitment.  

Speaking to SportsByte, Kendal said: “If we go back to the first game when we played Sheffield at their place, we lost by a lot more goals than we did today.

“The fact that we are starting to pull together as a team, starting to get better despite the fact that we lost 6-1 the lads are feeling quite positive because for 90 minutes they worked and we never really looked out of the game until the fourth goal went in. It was just a case of they took their chances and we struggled to take ours.”

He continued, “I always say to the lads we win and lose as a team. Obviously individual errors are hard to sort out, so we just have to focus on making the players better, which I think they have been recently and I think there have been a lot less errors than what there was compared to the start of the season.

“We just seem to get punished every time there is one.

“It’s great to see the lads going for it and there’s no reason after Christmas why we can’t continue doing that. If anything, the break has probably come at the wrong time but it just means we’ve got time to rest up, refresh ourselves and hopefully start again brighter and stronger.”

After the festive period, Kendal and Sunderland 3rds will look to get their first points of the season in the BUCS Northern 6B when they make the 137 mile trip to Hull which takes place on Wednesday 31st January 2018.