It was goals galore at the Academy of Light on Wednesday as Sunderland Scholars ran out 12-2 winners over bottom of the league Burnley.

A hattrick from Jak Hanson and Alex Ramshaw as well as braces from Max Sansom and second half substitute Scott Rafferty helped Sunderland cruise to victory.

It took 24 minutes for the hosts to opening the scoring though left-back Josh King after an attempted goal line clearance rebounded off King and into the Burnley net.

Ten minutes later, Ramshaw’s pacey run and shot produced a save from the Burnley goalkeeper who parried it straight into the path of Hanson who made it 2-0.

Hanson bagged his second three minutes later when his high pressing forced the Burnley defence into a mistake and the striker cooly slotted the ball into the bottom corner.

Just before the break the hosts extended their lead to four when Ramshaw drilled a free-kick under the goalkeeper from the edge of the box.

The lead was extended once again on 48 minutes when Hanson finished an excellent passing move to complete his hattrick. Arron Thompson then converted a penalty to make it 6-0 just before the hour.

With half an hour to play, the visitors eventually got on the scoresheet when Sunderland switched off from a corner.

Just one minute after the kick off the visitors were reduced to ten men when the Burnley striker was shown two yellow cards in quick succession for descent.

Sansom made the visitors pay almost immediately when he converted a spilled cross from the goalkeeper.

Burnley then hit back again to make it 7-2, but Ramshaw quickly replied with the goal of the game. His curling free-kick beat the wall and nestled into the top corner of the net to make it 8-2.

Second half substitute Rafferty then made his mark on the game by scoring two goals in 13 minutes to put Sunderland 10-2 up.

Sansom then converted a short-range effort to make it 11-2, before Ramshaw completed his hattrick from the penalty spot.

After the game, vice-captain Codie Howe revealed confidence is high within the squad: “Everyone is going into every game confident and to be fair, I can’t see us losing anytime soon”.

Manager Martin Jones was also full of praise for his team and added: “we take each game as it comes and I believe that we can win the league”.