Nathan leads the way for title-chasing Sunderland Boys

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SUNDERLAND Primary Schools Boys kept on target for the Harrison Cup title with a double-figure derby triumph against Washington.

The dominant Wearsiders lead the table with just four games to play.

On a heavy pitch in Washington, Sunderland made a positive start and virtually camped themselves in the home side’s half, with only a series of excellent saves from the keeper keeping the scores level.

Sunderland, though, made the breakthrough on 20 minutes when Nathan Simpson latched onto a delightful pass from Lucas Bullock to confidently finish past the advancing keeper.

Simpson increased the lead five minutes later, following up to score from close range after the keeper saved his initial effort at the back post.

Simpson, who chipped an effort wide soon after, completed his hat-trick shortly before half-time when he latched onto a through ball to fire into the far corner of the net.

Leading scorer Brandon Goldsmith made it 4-0 early in the second period, outpacing the home defence before coolly rounding the keeper and rolling the ball into an empty net.

Five minutes later, a delightful ball from John Anderson sent Jude Percival racing away down the right and his pull back found Goldsmith, whose shot was parried into the path of Harry Gardiner, who crashed the ball home from close range for a 5-0 lead.

Lewis Lukeman made it six when he cut in from the left before firing a rising shot across the keeper and into the top corner, then James Harrison jinked inside from the left before firing an unstoppable shot – a memorable first goal of his campaign.

Washington were shown no mercy as Percival made it eight, bursting through before finishing confidently from the edge of the area.

Harrison lashed a rocket shot against the post soon after, but the ball was returned into the box for Lewis Connolly to bundle home.

The scoring was completed when the luckless home keeper, who had been outstanding throughout, made a great save to deny Simpson only for the ball to fall to Gardiner, who converted from close range to make it 10-0.