Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Butler Strike Serves Up Some Cheer

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Butler Strike Serves Up Some Cheer

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Byline: By Paul Gilder

Sunderland's first team may have gone eight months without a league win, but it was business as usual for Jocky Scott's champions at Durham City last night.

The Wearsiders' second string made a triumphant start to the defence of their FA Premier Reserve League North title, with Thomas Butler's first-half strike securing a hard-fought victory.

The Black Cats started brightly and Jeff Whitley almost opened the scoring against his former club with a shot from the edge of the penalty area which flashed just over Nicky Weaver's crossbar.

But Scott's men didn't have long to wait and, with 20 minutes on the clock, Sunderland grabbed the lead when Gerard Wiekens deflected a low drive from Butler into his own net.

Of all the players expected to quit the Wearsiders ahead of the August 31 transfer deadline, only Julio Arca started, with McCarthy keen to use these fixtures to blood the club's young prospects.

Michael Gray replaced the Argentinian at the half-time break. …

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