Histon 1 Sunderland XI 3

by Stuart Vose

Away win for development squad.

Stuart Vose

Reserve boss Kevin Ball was left pleased after seeing Sunderland secure an away win at Histon.

The Black Cats raced into a two-goal lead inside 17 minutes at the expense of the Conference North outfit.

Histon pulled a goal back just before the break but a well-worked move restored the two-goal cushion.

A young Sunderland XI made the trip south with coach Ball looking to build on the recent hard-fought win at Spennymoor.

They were ahead 10 minutes in when Craig Lynch seized on a defensive error to feed Jordan Laidler, who netted with a crisp finish.

It was two soon afterwards as Adam Mitchell teed up Laidler to find the top corner of the goal with a fine strike from the edge of the penalty area.

A close-range header brought Histon to within a goal three minutes before half time, but the move of the match sealed victory eight minutes into the second period.

Mitchell's cheeky back-heel released Billy Knott, who drove the ball into the bottom right-hand corner as Sunderland went on to control the remainder of the game.

Sunderland: Wilson, Oliver (Joyce, 65), Laing, Ferguson, Watson (Callaghan, 65), Mitchell, Reed, Knott, Deacon, Lynch (Gorrin, 65), Laidler.

Sub Not Used: Dixon.