Sunderland FoL Monkwearmouth Scholars got straight back to winnings ways after a 4-1 win over West Bromwich Albion Foundation.

The home side took the lead through Max Sansom and with the game at 1-1 a West Brom red card opened up the game allowing Leon McKeith, Codie Howe and Reece McKewan to get Sunderland a big three points.

The Mackems opened the scoring just four minutes after Sansom’s apparent cross caught the visitor’s keeper wrongfooted and found it’s way into the top corner.

The Baggies then started to play some good football and got a deserved equaliser, taking advantage of some sloppy defending.

With the game level, a strong tackle from a West Brom midfielder caused a fight amongst the players and resulted in a Baggies player being sent off for grabbing an opposing man by the neck.

In the second half, the Black Cats took advantage of the extra man and took the lead through McKeith with a poacher’s goal inside the box 58 minutes in.

Sunderland continued to dominate with the extra man and got a third after an Aaron Duell corner found the head of Howe to make it 3-1 in the 72nd minute.

The Red and Whites wrapped up the game after a deflected shot from McKewan beat the West Brom keeper five minutes from time.

Head Coach Jamie Chandler praised the efforts of the West Brom side but highlighted the red card for “giving us the boost we needed.”

He also praised the impact of first-year Zach Horsfall who made his debut in defence, saying: “for me, he was my man of the match.”

The win keeps Sunderland top of the NFYL Midlands division ahead of a busy week with fixtures on both Friday and Monday.

By Sam Johnson, Adam Smith, Alex Baxter and Luke Vinton