Sunderland to face Whitby pre-season test

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A SUNDERLAND XI will face non-league Whitby Town – managed by former Black Cat Darren Williams – in a pre-season friendly.

The Wearsiders side, expected to be made up of reserve team players, will tackle the Evo-Stik Premier outfit on Wednesday, July 18 (kick-off 7.45pm).

Ex-Sunderland promotion hero Williams has been player-manager of the Blues since October and is delighted at the prospect of facing his former club.

Williams said: “It gives you that incentive to go out and do well and put yourself up against players who will possibly be appearing the Premier League next season.

“We will work hard, make sure we match them as best we can and make a good account of ourselves.”

Sunderland’s second string will also face another non-league side, Newton Aycliffe, on Friday, July 20.