Poor start puts the pressure on Broom

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SUNDERLAND Broom firsts are still seeking their first win of the season in the North East League’s Premier Division.

Andy Gayner’s men are only off the bottom on goal difference after losing their opening four fixtures.

Durham University thirds defeated the Wearsiders 5-1, making it 20 goals conceded in four matches, with just six goals scored.

It gets no easier for Sunderland on Saturday, either, with a tough trip to unbeaten Stokesley before a Vase first round tie away to Kendal on Sunday.

Sunderland second are also still to get off the mark, after going down 6-0 to Gateshead thirds in the North East League’s Intermediate 2.

Broom, hoping for a first goal after four games without one, host Stokesley seconds on Saturday. The North Yorkshire club have managed just one draw in four games, so Sunderland will hope to get off the mark at their expense.

H Durham University lead the way in the Pensions England Hockey League’s Conference North after making it five wins out of five with a superb come-from-behind 4-2 victory at West Bridgford.

Paul Sibley gave the Nottingham side a sixth-minute lead, but Jonny Maunder levelled nine minutes later and then converted a penalty corner to put Durham in front six minutes into the second half.

Sam Driver’s penalty corner and a Tom Batchelor strike, scored in three dramatic minutes, sealed Durham’s success, before Will Torr fired a consolation.

On Sunday, the students host Midlands outfit Khalsa at Maiden Castle (1.30pm).