The University of Sunderland 3rds were defeated 6-2 in the reverse fixture against Leeds on the opening day, but despite that loss, manager Ray Whitfield is “looking to end the year on a high” as they prepare to face off again.

The Wearsiders equalised in the latter stages of the match last week to earn a vital point in their Derby clash, and they’ll be looking to build on that against Leeds City 1sts.

“I was happy with the performance. We drew with the proposed ‘best team at Sunderland Uni’ so it was a positive result. We were right up for the game so the character and the way we equalised was never in doubt,” said the Sunderland boss.

“Last time we faced Leeds we lost 6-2. However, it was our first game together, players were missing and if being honest, we showed them too much respect in the first half.”

Whitfield is confident his side will improve despite Sunderland going into this match bottom of the Northern 6B league on goal difference with four points from a possible 15.

“I keep going back to our training sessions but again it was another really positive session. The lads are growing game on game, and soon it will really click,” said the manager.

“Where the team is now compared to last season has shown massive improvements and it would be nice to end the year on a high if I’m being honest.”

Kick-off against Leeds City 1sts is 1pm at Silksworth Sports Complex.