Argus Talking Sport: Sunderland Reserves are well placed to retain title

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WITH Manager Bob Stokoe relying upon the more experienced players to lift Sunderland away from the danger zone in the Second Division, there is a boost for Sunderland Reserves’s chances of retaining the North Midlands League championship.

Level on points and games with Middlesbrough, they have on call the most promising of the younger elements and will be going down to Halifax tomorrow night with a great chance of quickening their challenge.

This will be their first game for a fortnight and though they will be without the services of John Tones and Mick McGiven, who are on call in the first team pool, and Bobby Park, unhappily out of action again with a broken leg, there will be a lot of experience and authority in the side which lines up against Halifax.

The defence is particularly strong, for Trevor Swinburne, who takes over from Derek Forster, should receive excellent cover from Brian Thompson, Joe Bolton, Matt Robson, Richie Pitt and Jackie Ashurst.

Peter Stronach, who played for only the last 15 minutes as substitute in the 2–1 home win over Barnsley, comes into the starting line-up at No. 7 in a line which can look for finishing power from Graham Southwick, John Lathan and Jimmy Hamilton.

The team will be: Swinburne, Thompson and Bolton, Robson, Pitt and Ashurst, Stronach, Southwick, Lathan, Hamilton and Kent. Substitute: Harrison or Rankin.

Story taken from the Sunderland Echo on December 19 1972.