An under-strength Sunderland seconds side were punished by a ruthless Redcar seconds side as the home team ran out comfortable 6-0 winners.
With six regular players missing, including their goalkeeper, Sunderland only just managed to field a team.
Skipper Huw Cameron stepped into the breach as goalkeeper and he was called upon to make a number of important saves.
Sunderland also gave three University players their debuts.
Despite the result, Sunderland did play well in the first half, pushing Redcar all the way, and their endeavour created a number of short corner opportunities which unfortunately they failed to convert.
However, Redcar scored a break away goal from one of those missed opportunities and the home side never looked back.
In the second half, Redcar dominated throughout and scored two quick goals, which took the wind out of Sunderland’s sails.
Nevertheless, Sunderland continued to battle on, with newcomers Luke Duncombe making some excellent runs and Salim working very hard in midfield.
As Redcar took charge, they added three more goals to secure the victory and points.
Sunderland will need to get their regular players back as soon as possible if they are to ensure they maintain their current mid-table position in the league.
In the North East League’s Premier Division, Sunderland firsts succumbed to a 7-4 defeat at Jesmond Parish Church in an entertaining game to slip to second-bottom spot, with two losses from the first two matches.
This weekend, they are on the road again to tackle Stokesley.
Rory Patterson and Luke Hudson scored within a mintue of each other as Durham University firsts won 2-1 at Preston in the England Hockey League’s Conference North.
The students visit Deeside Ramblers this weekend looking to make it four wins out of four.