Sunderland’s hockey team face up to strugglers

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SUNDERLAND will look to consolidate their nine-point lead in the North East First Division when they visit bottom club Hild-Bede tomorrow (1.30pm).

The unbeaten Ashbrooke side made it nine wins in 11 games with a 4-2 win over Richmond last week, when Andy Brown, Chris Brown, Nick Campbell and Craig Togher all struck.

Sunderland seconds host Durham City seconds at the Raich Carter Centre (1pm), looking to build on their 3-2 success at Jesmond PC.

The thirds visit Morpeth seconds (noon), while the fourths host Redcar seconds tomorrow (2.30pm) and go to Hartlepool seconds on Sunday (12.15pm).

Sunderland’s Veterans have a National Cup third round tie away to Kingston upon Hull on Sunday (1pm).