Sunday 3 Dec 17 Match Report: NSFC Under 13’s 4-1 Blaydon Under 13’s
North Sunderland continued their recent good form with an excellent performance to defeat the previously unbeaten Blaydon U13s and leapfrog them to go top of Division 2. In front of a large crowd containing a vocal contingent of away supporters, the home side started well and threatened to get behind the Blaydon defence through the pacy Robbie Swordy and Jake Wood. They lost Robbie to injury soon after and he was replaced by Rory Davidson. Blaydon came into the game and flashed efforts past Adam Holland’s goal. The game changed through a piece of brilliance from Cameron Stitt. He received the ball 25 yards out and sent a looping left foot volley into the top corner. They extended their lead soon after when Jake burst through on goal but was denied by a great save from the Blaydon keeper, the resulting clearance reached Cameron who calmly placed a shot into the bottom corner to make it 2-0. This rattled the away side and it was 3-0 soon after when Jay Liddell crossed following a Rory Davidson shot, and Jake side footed into an empty net. Blaydon broke through just before the interval but Adam Holland bravely foiled the forward to keep the scores level. The away side raised their game in the second half and pressurised the home defence. It was backs to the wall time and Sam Hall, James Wright, Jack Heston and Luke Thompson threw themselves into tackles to deny the visitors. The pressure told though and Blaydon deservedly pulled one back. They then laid siege as the midfield of Connor Johnston, Tom Storey, Charlie Elliot and Zach Watson battled to gain a foothold. They were indebted again for some immaculate handling and positioning from keeper Adam Holland. Gradually the home side came back into it and Tom Storey had 3 close efforts, one of which struck the upright. The contest was sealed when Jake Wood was brought down in the box and Jay Liddell slotted the resulting penalty. A hard fought victory for the U13s who again dug deep when it mattered. There were great performances from Adam Holland in goal and Jake Wood up front but Man of the Match went to Cameron Stitt for a good all round performance and 2 quality goals. Next game away to Newcastle West End.