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Sunderland’s men’s 2nds succumbed to a 6-1 defeat against their York St John counterparts in their Clash of the Minsters match this afternoon.

However, manager Matty Lyons remained positive after the game, claiming that promotion was his aim for the season.

“These lads are keen, they want it and we’re going to win promotion. I’ve got something to work with here and we’ll do alright.”

Sunderland started brightly and almost went ahead after the ball hit the post and trickled across the York St John goal-line. But they were soon behind and their opponent’s class showed as they raced into a 3-0 lead.

Cameron Ferris got one back for Sunderland after his deflected effort from close range left the York St John ‘keeper stranded. However, a further three goals for the visitors secured the victory. Despite this, Lyons remains adamant that his side will improve following this game.

“I’m upset with the result, with the manner of the result, but I’m not upset with the effort. It hasn’t been a good result but it’s been a good learning curve.

“They’re a squad team, this is their second year together; we’ve had one training session, and that showed. It was a game where in the first twenty minutes we were good.  The heads had gone in the second half.  We lost a couple of players to injury and they were big misses.  But we’ll work with them and we’ll get there.”

Sunderland’s 2nds opening BUCS league fixture sees them take on Teeside University away next Wednesday.