A seven goal thrashing saw Team Sunderland Women knocked out of the BUCS Northern Conference Cup away to Team Durham Women 2nds.

The hosts dominated much of the game, scoring three goals in the first half and another four after half-time to sink the nail into the coffin.

The loss for Sunderland is their first of the season in all competitions, having maintained a perfect winning start up to now.

From kick-off, it looked as though the luck would be swinging in Sunderland’s favour, with a Durham shot cleared off the line by Rebecca Gibson in the sixth minute, and then another shot three minutes later rattling off the post of an open goal.

But Durham’s persistence paid off, and a free-kick in the 15th minute dropped straight into the penalty area for Natasha Hammond to rifle it into the top-right corner.

The hosts notched their next two goals within as many minutes, a cross in the 22nd minute leaving Bethany Waring no chance of missing as she headed it past Sunderland goalkeeper Georgia Moyzakitis, and their third came when Leanna Bates skipped past her marker and slotted home.

Sunderland came out much better in the second half, pressing well into Durham’s half and maintaining possession with some quality passing play.

But Durham capitalised on a lack of clinical finishing from the visitors, and grabbed their fourth goal from a breakaway run five minutes into the second half through Josie Alderman.

The hosts got their fifth goal in the 58th minute, Hammond beating the ‘keeper from 18 yards for her second of the match when Moyzakitis rushed off her line early.

Their sixth and seventh came within ten minutes, Waring rifling the ball into the roof of the net for her second, and Marta Rodriguez grabbing the final goal after tapping it home from a yard out when Sunderland failed to clear their lines from a corner.

Despite an effort by Kirsty Barraclough from the edge of the area in the 81st minute, Sunderland – despite being the highest scoring team in the league – couldn’t find a reply to any of the seven Durham goals.