Captain for the day, Dan Winterburn

Wednesday saw University of Sunderland Men’s Football 1st’s on the receiving end of another loss as they conceded seven to the York St John’s 2nd team.

Sunderland faced the same opposition in the Northern Conference cup the last week in another seven-goal game, however, that was a tight 4-3 defeat; not a 7-0 thumping.

The game also saw Dan Winterburn, make his first appearance as captain, and despite the failures of the majority of the team, the fill-in centre-back played brilliantly putting everything on the line for the team.

The game did start evenly despite the eventual scoreline with both teams producing a couple of good chances early on.

The deadlock was broken in the 16th minute when the unorganised Sunderland midfield allowed one of York St John’s forwards to ghost past and get a shot off which initially bounced off goalkeeper Brown and into the path of another York player to finish easily.

It seemed to be a downhill battle from there on out as the first half goals began to rain in.

The second and third came after the York St John striker was released through weak Sunderland defending and slotted the ball easily into the bottom right corner.

Goal number four, coming in the 32nd minute of play, was arguably the most embarrassing of them all as once again the York forwards linked up with ease to pass the ball into the goal leaving manager Phil Naisbett in amazement at his side’s transparency.

The last goal of the half and the fifth for St John’s arrived in the 38th minute as a result of what initially looked to be a cross from the right-back, which even without a York player near it, managed to roll into the back of the net.

The main message at half-time from Naisbett was one of ensuring communication between players was constant; as too many times the York side managed to walk through the Sunderland midfield and defence.

He also stressed the importance of positional awareness – something the visi struggled to grasp in the first half.

The second-half began much more positively for the away side, with forward Ahmed Terek playing in midfielder Seth Ejukwo in the box; however the debutant was unable to convert.

Hopes of a very optimistic comeback from Sunderland were shattered after York St John got their sixth of the match just ten minutes into the second-half with their main man of the match completing his hat-trick in the 55th minute.

The final nail in the coffin came just minutes from the end as a half-volley from the York St John midfielder bobbled into the beaten-down Sunderland goal in the 80th minute.

Despite the slight improvement in Sunderland’s second-half play, the game had already been won by half-time. The lads headed back on the coach frustrated at their lacklustre performance.