SUNDERLAND produced a dominant display against Ryton on Saturday, inspired by a man-of-the-match performance from full-back Greg Littlewood.
A fine display of pace and power from the former Leicester Academy player was simply too much for Ryton as the Ashbrooke side put in their best display of the season for a 31-5 bonus point victory.
It was the forwards who got Sunderland’s first points on the board when captain Martin Watt opted to kick to the corner.
A fine catch and drive lineout saw the Sunderland pack march over the Ryton line, Richard Arrowsmith taking the plaudits.
Sunderland suffered a blow when Sean Bellon was forced from the field with a muscle injury, to be replaced by Sunderland University student Mark Henry, making his first-team debut.
It was a half break by Henry that was the foundation for Littlewood’s first try, as he powered through a Ryton tackler before sprinting away to score, converting his own try to make it 12-0.
It wasn’t long into the second half before Littlewood got on the scoresheet again, beating a number of defenders to score. His conversion made it 19-0.
Sunderland were pressed into conceding a number of penalties and the referee sent Andy Black to the bin for 10 minutes.
During his absence, Ryton were first to react to a loose ball and scooped it up to score.
However, Martin Watt broke free and was tackled just short of the line.
Jake Belfield took advantage of the chaos in the Ryton defence, picking from the ruck to amble through a huge hole and under the sticks for the bonus point try.
Sunderland rounded off the game with another great try as Henry drew a defender and found Tom Townend, who made the final score 31-5.
H Sunderland seconds made it two wins from two on the day as they also overcame Ryton 29-7
Gary Roberts scored first then provided the break for Michael Brace to cross the line, before Padgett added a third try.
Roberts added another and Danny Hinder kicked two conversions.
H Durham City came out on top in a high-scoring game away at bottom-of-the-table Gateshead.
City won 39-31 to continue their move up North One East.