North Sunderland lost for the first time in the league to Newcastle Blue Star, as they paid the price for a nightmare first-half spell when they gifted their opponents four goals. The home side started well and carved 3 gilt edged chances in the first ten minutes for forwards Liam Douglas and Rory Davidson but they found the impressive Blue Star ‘keeper in inspired form as he saved brilliantly. The wheels then well and truly came off as basic errors and sloppy marking allowed the away side to score four cheap goals in 15 minutes. North Sunderland still had chances to pull goals back before half time from excellent Alfie Purves dead-ball deliveries but just couldn’t apply the finishing touch. Following a few home truths at half time, the home side emerged looking to restore some pride. Will Griffiths and Findlay Cross gripped the game and dominated the middle of the park. They were rewarded for their pressure when a long range Jos Wilson effort found the net. They had a second when a cross-shot from James Wright looped over the ‘keeper and into the goal. It was all North Sunderland as they went for broke. A succession of chances came and went. Robbie Swordy struck the bar from a Koen Ross flick on, Tom Storey volleyed over when well placed and Rory Davidson was thwarted by the ‘keeper when clean through. Robbie Swordy tormented the Blue Star full back a number of times but his crosses evaded the home forwards and it ended 2-4. A disappointing result for North Sunderland who will need to cut out the basic errors in the coming weeks. There were good performances in the spine of the team from Will Griffiths, Liam Douglas and Man of the Match Findlay Cross. The game was well refereed by Steven Rutter. Team: James Southwood , James Wright, Sam Hall, Zach Watson, Charlie Elliot, Tom Storey, Will Griffiths, Findlay Cross, Koen Ross, Rory Davidson, Liam Douglas, Jos Wilson, Alfie Purves, Jack Heston, Robbie Swordy, Ellis Bell. Next game: Away to Swalwell U16s

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