Sunderland Primary Schools Boys produced another outstanding display to keep up their Harrison Cup title challenge.
The young Wearsiders impressed in a 4-0 victory away to Redcar and Cleveland.
Despite missing the influential Eden Page and Oliver Thompson and being held up in traffic on the way to Redcar, the Sunderland lads started strongly and it was no surprise when they took a 15th-minute lead when Ellis Stanton picked himself up after being bundled over in the box to confidently despatch the resulting penalty.
A surging run by Mason Tarrant saw him drive to the by-line before firing a ball across the six-yard box where the onrushing Josh Martin just failed to connect at full stretch at the far post.
The visitors’ failure to convert chances kept Redcar in the game until Tarrant scored the vital second goal, with a left-footed shot which flew into the far corner of the net via a slight deflection.
This seemed to deflate the home defence who conceded a third goal when a corner from Bryan Taylor was returned back to him on the right of the box for him to strike a first-time shot which flew across the keeper and arrowed into the corner of the net.
Taylor was to grab his second goal, and his side’s fourth, shortly after when he was released down the left of the box and fired a shot in which squirmed under the Redcar keeper and into the net.
The home keeper redeemed himself shortly after when he produced a stunning one-handed save to deny Tarrant.
The scoreline was as emphatic as the result suggested and was just reward for an excellent team performance which maintained the squad’s unbeaten record going into two crunch games against North Tyneside and Darlington.