Sunderland’s flying fourth team moved to the top of Division 7 with a confident 4-1 home win over Dunston fourths.
After a two week break following their defeat at Boldon, the Wearsiders returned in style, with the most accomplished performance of their debut season to date.
Dunston had begun the season in solid but unspectacular style, and boasted a strong side, while the hosts were without the injured Mick Brown.
The Mackems didn’t have it all their own way, as Mark Buchanan fell to 3-1 loss at the hands of James Oliver. This however, was to be the only success of the night for the visitors.
A tense second string match then followed as Craig Myers went point for point with Ramon Carrillo. The Ashbrooke player snuck through, on a sudden death point in the final set, to level the tie up.
Skipper Steve Paisley then put Sunderland firmly in control with a 3-0 win over Jerry Castle.
The win was sealed when number one Keith Roberts strode past Dougal Reed 3-0. Roberts has been in top form this season, and his clean ball striking and accurate length were on full display.
Andy Trafford added the icing to the cake with a 3-1 win over the hard-hitting Peter Brown. Brown showed immense power, dispatching anything loose, and flew into a 1-0 lead. However, the experience of Trafford showed as he exposed the Gateshead player’s movement to turn the match on its head.
Sunderland will have to wait to continue their early season momentum as they face another week off before welcoming Boldon on November 13.