Jamie Potts kicked the winning field goal in the final seconds to win the game for Sunderland.

Jamie Potts kicked the winning field goal in the final seconds to win the game for Sunderland in their season opener against Northumbria.

Sunderland Spartans’ campaign has now ended, with the side finishing in 4th position in the BUCS Northern/Scottish Division 1A.

The Spartans won three of their eight league games, as well as overcoming Teesside Cougars 14-0 in the Tees-Wear Varsity – although the score was reversed as a 1-0 win to Teesside after Sunderland fielded an ineligible player.

Perhaps the highlight of the season came in the first game-week, with the University of Sunderland side going to Druids Park as the away side and beating Northumbria 23-24.

Despite the positives, Sunderland missed out on play-offs, ending the year level on points with Northumbria in third, and just two points behind second placed Newcastle who earned a play-off spot.

Coach Misba Islam was disappointed not to reach play-offs, but is still happy with the season.

“It’s not a lie that this year would be seen as a disappointment when you compare to what we achieved the last two seasons.

“But to me it was still a success. It’s crazy when you look at what we’ve came from only a few years ago.

“To become a team that is disappointed by not making playoffs shows how much the level of football and standards have increased in this team.”

Islam is also excited about the prospect of new faces joining the side next year.

“A lot of key starters are graduating and leaving us, so it opens up the window for a lot of our rookies to step up to the plate and take over,” he said.

Islam added: “We have a great foundation of players that if matched by a great year of recruitment could make us a very fresh, potent and new and upcoming threat in the league.

“Who knows what’s going to happen, all I can guarantee is old faces will be leaving us this year and new faces will be arriving so watch this space.”