Billy Knott

Youngsters beat Bury

by Neville Pilkington

Knott gets run-out in friendly win.

Sunderland U18 2 Bury U18 1

A very young Sunderland side enjoyed a comfortable win over Bury in a friendly game at the Academy of Light.

It wasn't until a minute from time that the visitors scored, but by then they had been beaten by the better side all round.

The only over-age player included in the home team was Billy Knott, who played for a pre-arranged 45 minutes and came through unscathed following an injury. The midfielder showed several classy touches during his comeback.

The first half was largely uneventful but Jordan Blencoe went close, forcing the keeper to save well just before the break.

Meanwhile, a trialist came close with a tremendous shot that crashed against the bar from outside the box when play restarted. 

The Wearsiders, who had been more dangerous throughout, finally took the lead on 70 minutes.  Attacking full-back Tom Robson, who got forward continuously to great effect, reached the line to cut back for Jake Orrell, from the under-16s, to look up and sidefoot into the far corner for a coolly-taken goal.

This was followed ten minutes later with a decisive second goal by Kieran Martin.  The midfielder curled a brilliant strike over the keeper into the far top corner from the left side from 25 yards out.

The Shakers grabbed their consolation goal on a breakaway one minute from the end, too late to influence the final outcome of the match.

Coach Robbie Stockdale commented afterwards: "It was a good workout especially as the side contained five under-16s.  Everyone contributed - youngsters and regulars - and overall it was very satisfactory."

Sunderland:  Maddison (Burke, 46), McCarthy, Colquhoun, Beadling (McNamee, 46), T Robson, Blencoe (Greenwood, 46), Agnew (E Robson, 46), Martin, Trialist, Knott (Orrell, 46), Trialist.