University of Sunderland Badminton president Brandon Wong believes “experience” will be vital when his side face Durham University 3rds today at City Space.

This will be Sunderland’s first league game of the season, as they could not field a team last week which resulted in a walkover defeat to York University 3rds.

Wong, who heads the Badminton team, was adamant that his team is strong enough to push up the table.

“I believe this year will be a good year for us, even though we had to forfeit last week’s opening fixture,” he said.

“We have quite a strong line up this year, with two of our players having national level experience over in Hong Kong.

“Not only that, but we have a healthy squad of players who play a lot of badminton and are fairly experienced.”

Wong also told SportsByte he was worried about his own participation for the team this year.

The president was one of the players who will miss their fixture against Durham, feels he may miss more games this season.

“I won’t be able to play today’s fixture because of clashes with my timetable,” Wong explained.

“For all it is annoying, that’s just how it is and I experienced it a few times last year.

“I may miss more games this year, but I am confident the team is strong to push on and pick up points.”