Despite only winning one match all season, the University of Sunderland 3rds remain one point from the drop in the Northern 6B League.

The Wearisders have collected four points from a possible 18 this campaign and are narrowly behind Sunderland 2nds in the table.

Sunderland had a dismal start to the season and were thrashed 6-2 when they travelled to face Leeds City 1sts on the opening day.

That losing start was soon forgotten when Ray Whitfield’s side responded with an emphatic victory of their own. A 5-2 win gave Sunderland their first three points of the campaign against Hull Men’s 4ths

A cup match was next for Sunderland and they had an away tie at Manchester 4ths who play two divisions ahead of the Wearsiders. The hosts proved too good in the end and secured a 6-1 victory.

Whitfield’s side then faced two tough away games as they played York St John 5ths and Sheffield Hallam 4ths. Both fixtures ended in disappointment for Sunderland as they fell short in 7-5 and 5-1 defeats.

Sunderland managed to bounce back from their three straight defeats with a 2-2 draw in their local derby against Sunderland 2nds at Silksworth.

However, as the winter break approached, the 2nds were on the wrong end of a result once again as they were narrowly beaten 4-3 at home to Leeds City 1sts.

Whitfield’s side are bottom of the league by one point and have four games remaining to try and avoid relegation.

Sunderland return to action after Christmas when they travel to face Hull 4ths on January 30.