It’s been a tough start to the 2017/18 season for the University of Sunderland men’s second team. With just one point to their name, the Sunderland side currently lie bottom of the BUCS Northern 5B league.

A 6-2 defeat away to the Leeds Trinity was the worst possible start for Sunderland. Such a heavy defeat coming so early in the campaign immediately put Sunderland on the back foot.

The 2nd’s soon tasted victory, however, as they defeated their close neighbours, the University of Teesside in a hard fought 2-1 win.

A successful cup run could have gone some way to distracting from the side’s struggle in the league, however, it wasn’t to be as Sunderland were knocked out of the Northern Conference Plate by Liverpool Hope University.

Despite a strong performance in the game, Sunderland were ultimately the masters of their own downfall as costly mistakes gifted Liverpool a 2-0 win.

The results didn’t improve after, a 3-1 home defeat to the University of Huddersfield was followed by a 2-2 draw at home to Leeds Trinity University. Sunderland’s final game before the Christmas break could only serve to make their form worse as they conceded their away game to Teesside. The ensuing points deduction left Sunderland with just a single point and a lot of work to do.

Sunderland 2s lie bottom, but they can still escape the relegation places.

Whilst Sunderland’s results so far may make for grim reading, there is no reason to dismiss Sunderland as favourites for relegation.

Whilst the form may be bad, they are not the weakest side in the league. Had Sunderland not have been handed a points deduction they would currently have a three-point lead over the York 3rd team, which would take them out of the certain relegation place.

The run of bad form or rather bad luck has to end soon. Those that have watched Sunderland this year will know that in most of their losses, they’ve been by far the stronger side in the affairs.

Whilst refereeing decisions and mistakes have often ended up costing Sunderland in the close matches this season, Sunderland have never given up or rolled over to their opposition.

With the talent in the squad and the strong mentality that spreads between the players and coaching staff, Sunderland should have enough about them to lift themselves out of this poor start.