North Sunderland travelled to league leaders West Moor on Sunday and came away with a well deserved point in a hard fought, wind affected game. The away side defended into the wind in the first half and had a nightmare start when indecision at the back gifted the home centre forward a run on goal to score after only 2 minutes. North Sunderland reacted well to the setback and were able to restrict West Moor to long range efforts that were comfortably dealt with by James Southwood. They carried a threat on the break and impressive approach play down both flanks produced good efforts from Alfie Purves and Will Griffiths. It remained 1-0 at half time and in the second half North Sunderland poured forward looking for the equaliser. Robbbie Swordy and Liam Douglas both broke free but the home keeper saved well. Jack Heston struck a fine long range effort that shaved the bar and a succession of corners were scrambled clear by the desperate home defence. It looked as if it was going to be one of those days when the move of the game created the equaliser. Liam Douglas controlled a James Southwood clearance and held off a host of defenders on the half way line before finding Tom Storey who fed the perfect pass to Rory Davidson who outpaced the home defence and finished confidently to make it 1-1. There was still time for West Moor to threaten with route one deliveries into the North Sunderland area and right at the death, North Sunderland had a huge penalty shout turned down from a corner when Findlay Cross appeared to be wrestled to the ground. An excellent team performance from North Sunderland, all players turned up and deserve credit for taking the game to West Moor. Stand out performers were Will Griffiths and Findlay Cross in midfield and Man of the Match Liam Douglas who was a constant threat with his physical presence and tireless, intelligent running at centre forward. Team: James Southwood, James Wright, Sam Hall, Zach Watson, Alfie Purves, Will Griffiths, Findlay Cross, Tom Storey, Robbie Swordy, Rory Davidson, Liam Douglas, Jack Heston, Charlie Elliot. Next game: Goodness knows🙁

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