SUNDERLAND Under-13s went down 17-10 away to Gateshead in a close contest.
The hosts scored the first try, but then a quickly-taken penalty by Ben Hutchinson found Fletcher Jackson, who chipped forward and outpaced the home defence to touch down.
A great run from Farai Chickumbrike almost put Sunderland in front.
But Gateshead came out determined in the second half and scored two quick tries and looked to be taking the game away.
The Ashbrooke youngsters did not give up though and another great try from Reece Thompson brought the score back to 17-10.