DURHAM City staged a magnificent comeback at Mossley to rack up a sixth consecutive victory in the Evo-Stik League Division One North, writes Malcolm Pratt.
The hosts looked as if they would win at a canter when they led by three goals inside 51 minutes.
But in a remarkable transformation, Dickie Ord’s side clinched a memorable 4-3 win.
City had an early chance when Martin Pearson parried a David Dowson shot into the path of Gary Brown, who blasted wide with the goalkeeper stranded.
Mossley then hit the visitors with two goals in as many minutes when Joe Heap’s drive was pushed out by James Winter, but Harry Noon followed up to score.
Immediately, City’s defenders stood off, allowing Heap to give Winter no chance.
Early in the second half Steve Halford headed in a corner from Heap, who was running the show for Mossley.
However, four minutes later, City were given a glimmer of hope.
Pearson could only palm Dowson’s effort and Amar Purewal struck from 10 yards.
Purewal then fired in at the back post, but it took a magnificent save by Winter from to keep Ord’s team in the game.
Purewal provided for Greulich-Smith to fire in the equaliser 12 minutes from time.
There was still time for City to claim all three points.
A long ball from Andrew Stephenson was headed on by Greulich-Smith to Brown, who lobbed the goalkeeper for a 4-3 win.
Tomorrow, City meet Sunderland RCA at New Ferens Park in the First Round of the Durham Challenge Cup.
Durham City: J Winter, Stephenson, Shaw, Davis, Wilkinson, Arjun Purewal, Greulich-Smith, Brown, Dowson, Thompson, Amar Purewal. Ref: Mr I Hurdle. Att: 131.