SUNDERLAND Broom’s first game back after the winter break ended in a 5-0 defeat to Morpeth.
That comprehensive defeat leaves the Wearsiders in a three-way tie in the battle to avoid second-bottom spot in the North East League’s Premier Division.
The Ashbrooke side are away to Durham City this Saturday, looking to avenge a 2-1 home defeat at the start of the campaign.
Struggling Sunderland seconds host Morpeth thirds in Intermediate 2, in their first match of 2014.
H Sunderland Broom women, still seeking a first point of the season in the North League’s Division Two North East, hope for better times after their winter break when they visit Newcastle on Saturday (11am).