Sunderland Ladies took a 13th win in 14 FA Women's National League games on Sunday with a commanding win over Stoke City, much to the delight of manager Melanie Reay.
A Bridget Galloway hat-trick and a header from captain Keira Ramshaw saw the Black Cats extend their league lead to 11 points at Eppleton Colliery Welfare.
Reay was pleased with the maximum points return, but admitted her disappointment with the two goals conceded.
“I was delighted with another three points," she said.
"It gets us one step closer to where we want to finish.
"I thought we started the game in an excellent manner. Our tempo was good and we moved the ball very well to create some good chances.
“We conceded two very poor goals which took the shine off a very good display.
“Nevertheless the points are the most important thing at this stage in the season.
“I thought Bridget Galloway terrorised Stoke. She didn’t give them a moment and her three goals were thoroughly deserved."