Carl Lawson

Development squad lose at Spennymoor


Under-21s suffer first pre-season defeat.

Sunderland’s development squad suffered their first defeat of pre-season as they went down 3-1 to Spennymoor Town on Saturday.

Carl Lawson gave the young Black Cats the lead but Spennymoor’s Dan Taylor equalised from the spot before Mark Davison and Michael Rae earned the win for the hosts.

The Black Cats started the brighter side with Craig Lynch and Liam Agnew both testing Spennymoor keeper Peter Jeffries.

Lawson’s opened the scoring when a long ball through the middle saw hesitation from the Moors backline and the High Barnes-based youngster coolly lobbed a shot over Jeffries to hand Sunderland a deserved lead.

Jeffries again came to the hosts’ rescue by getting a fingertip to Agnew’s fierce drive, then saving at the feet of Ross Holland after he burst into the box.

Moors were level soon after as they were awarded a penalty and Taylor sent Max Stryjek the wrong way to equalise.

Holland curled a shot past the post from the edge of the area before Moors came close to taking the lead on the stroke of half time when a superb run by Wayne Phillips saw his shot blocked, and from the rebound Stephenson struck a sweet volley that beat Stryjek but crashed off the woodwork.

Spennymoor took the lead when Liam Henderson kept the ball in play on the by line and teed up Davison to sweep the ball home from 12 yards for a well-worked goal.

Moors stretched their lead as Dan Groves was blocked off in the area and Rae drilled home the penalty.

Billy Knott had a late effort cleared off the line as the Black Cats searched for an equaliser, however, it was Spennymoor’s day and the development squad will look to bounce back on their tour of Holland this week.