Durham City give Wakefield a whacking

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DURHAM City joint manager Lee Collings’ call for more composure in front of goal was heeded as his side beat Wakefield 4-1 in the Evo-Stik Division One North game.

City made a flying start and went on to dominate much of the 90 minutes.

Josh Home-Jackson pulled his shot across the face of goal and Ross Wilkinson headed over a corner before Stephen Thompson’s snap-shot flew wide.

Durham monopolised the early minutes and it was no surprise when they went ahead on 14 minutes.

A cross from David Dowson was bundled into the net past goalkeeper Jan Zolma from close range.

Little was seen of the Wakefield attack and it was very much against the run of play when they equalised midway through the first half.

A corner taken by Lawrence Hunter evaded the visitors’ defence and Demi Kyrialou headed past goalkeeper James Winter.

The goal proved to be only temporary respite for the hosts, however, and Durham continued on the offensive.

Just before the interval their pressure was rewarded as Andrew Stephenson struck with a a bizarre goal. He scored with a long range effort, though the goalkeeper rooted to his line, not moving an inch.

Stephenson almost made it three, but the third goal was only delayed until the 57th minute, as Arjun Purewal headed on to Ross Wilkinson who drove low into the net.

It was all City and Dowson hit the woodwork before Stephenson was just off-target.

Thompson had a goalbound effort deflected for a corner and Dowson was unlucky, but the fourth goal eventually arrived three minutes from time.

Elliott Cutts crowned a superb midfield performance, burying a shot from just inside the box which left Zolma stranded.

DURHAM CITY: J Winter, Harbord, Ayers, Stephenson, Wilkinson, Arjun Purewal, Jackson (C Winter), Cutts, Dowson, Thompson (Woods), Amar Purewal.

Ref: Mr A Hull. Att: 85.