Sunderland 3rds manager Daniel Kendal is hoping his side can build on a “tough season” after their survival in the BUCS Northern 6B League.

The Wearsiders only secured one win from their ten matches this campaign, but Kendal and his side managed to avoid relegation by having a superior goal difference.

The penultimate game for Sunderland was their second to last fixture against Leeds Arts, and the Sunderland boss claimed it was a relief to get the three points.

“We had a rough start, but we grew week after week and when we finally got that win against Leeds it took a massive weight off our shoulders,” said Kendal.

“Hopefully we can do better next season and try and finish higher up the table than we did this year.”

Despite losing eight games on the bounce at the start of the season, the Sunderland boss was impressed by the performances he was seeing from the touchline.

He said: “The players were putting in 100 per cent every week and ultimately we have managed to avoid relegation.

“I’m very happy that the hard work was worth it in the end.”