Sunderland Broom men’s first team suffered a 2-1 home defeat against a youthful and energetic Durham University team.
The visiting side started brightly and their athleticism tested Sunderland at first.
But the home team held firm particularly after solid work from Andrew Scollen and Neil Sparrowhawk at the back.
Sunderland quickly adapted and limited the chances for the opposition and they created an excellent chance themselves after skipper Sam Middleton broke down play in midfield, slipped it left to Matthew Dench who ran and made the return pass to the back post where Sam Middleton had made a lung busting run and dove in at the back post only to see his shot go an inch wide.
Durham University then responded and broke into the Sunderland D and then an intended pass back across goal slid between the keepers legs and in.
The game remained tight but Sam Middleton, then dove in at the back post once again when another fast counter attacking move saw Andrew Wilkinson playing in a good ball. Yet again the ball slid just the wrong side of the post.
The home team responded brightly in the second half and quickly got their deserved equaliser after good work through the middle from Neale Holmes as Sam Middleton broke into the D and laid off to Andy Wilkinson who finished smartly.
A slight lapse in concentration in the final minute saw Durham win a penalty corner which was flicked dangerously wide but a deflection took it past defender Chris Brown on the right post.
Unluckily, Sunderland found themselves 2-1 down with barely seconds left.
The game ended and Durham University celebrated a really hard fought victory.
Sunderland next week face Newcastle University.
Sunderland train at Sandhill Sports Centre SR34EN on Mondays 7-8.30pm and always welcome new players.
Sunderland Broom seconds produced their finest display of the league season with an excellent 2-0 win over a high-flying Jesmond Parish side.
Sunderland scored first just before half time through a fine piece of individual skill and fierce strike by man of the match, young striker Robbie Potts.
At the start of the second half, Sunderland made a quick break and following some fine stick work and a through pass from Johnny Raine, Adam Denney flew in from the right and slammed the ball home for his first well deserved goal of the season.
In a very close match at Maiden Castle, Sunderland/Durham Over 40s went through to the next round of the National Over 40s Trophy with penalty shoot-out win over Tymenouth.
They scored in the final seconds having trailed for most of the game.
Sunderland/Durhams man of the match was Sunderland keeper, Richard Whitham who, not only made some fine point blank saves throughout the game, but clinched the sudden death penalty shoot out with a fine diving deflection.