Sunderland Ladies' manager Melanie Copeland was 'disappointed' to lose at the death against 'physical' Stoke, but believes the Women's National League North is a 'marathon, not a sprint'. Stoke's Amy Hughes completed a lightning fast start, the striker prodding home in the opening minute after a mistake by goalkeeper Sophy Stonehouse.
Connor Slack fired the Young Black Cats in front after 19 minutes, Dan Neil scoring again moments later. Oldham captain Harry Norris pulled one back seconds after the half-time interval, but goals from Ryan Leonard and a second from Slack set up a third-round tie at Goodison Park against Everton.
Let's face it, Saturday was amazing. Despite the game's early kick-off and it being shown live on Sky Sports, Sunderland's pubs were fizzing with the sort of optimistic energy that only the start of the new football season can bring.
Lynden Gooch's blockbuster last-minute headed winner to secure a two-goal turnaround against promotion touted Charlton Athletic marked the beginning of a new dawn for Sunderland, and vindication for new owners Stewart Donald, Charlie Methven and Juan Sartori's unique brand of transparent fan interaction.
When Galal Yafai's fist was raised as light-flyweight Commonwealth amateur champion on the sunny shores of Australia's Gold Coast, an astounding two-year transformation from factory labourer to one of British boxing's most exciting young prospects was complete... courtesy of some tough brotherly love.
Darren Richardson isn't a household name yet, but many people in boxing circles around Richardson's home in the North East of England are tipping the undefeated puncher for great things. The 23-year-old boasts a 71% knockout ratio, winning five of his seven professional fights by brutally stopping his opponent.
Galal Yafai spoke to Bad Left Hook following his contentious loss to Frenchman Samuel Carmona in the World Series of Boxing amateur tournament, but the Birmingham-born fighter says he won't let the loss affect his confidence. "I never want to lose," Galal said.
In a recent interview with Bad Left Hook, Caleb Truax admitted he hasn't "been paid like a champion yet", despite having toppled heavy favourite James DeGale at London's Cooper Box Arena last December to win the IBF super middleweight title.