Durham City hold strong to see off Lancaster City

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AN above average crowd of 168 enjoyed a treat at New Ferens Park last night when Durham City, twice three goals ahead, eventually had to hang on for a 5-3 victory over Lancaster City in the Evo-Stik League Division One North, writes MALCOLM PRATT.

Dickie Ord’s side, without a win in November, started in bullish mood and went into an early lead as Elliott Cutts headed into the roof of the net following an excellent cross by David Dowson.

City goalkeeper Lewis Graham was forced to parry a shot from Max Rothwell but Durham looked by far the more dangerous and it was no surprise when they doubled the lead.

Armar Purewal got in behind the visitors’ defence and Jonathan Davis stroked the ball wide of goalkeeper Martin Fearon.

It could have been three but Rob Henry headed off the line a Ross Wilkinson effort and Gary Brown and Amar Purewal also went close before Stephen Thompson added a third goal with a brilliant solo effort.

He chased the ball into the corner, beat his marker and raced into the box before firing home an unstoppable shot.

A minute before the interval though City’s defence was culpable in allowing Ryan Elderton to reduce the arrears.

Durham were quickly into their stride on resuming and when Thompson whipped in a cross, Wilkinson tapped the ball over the line to make it 4-1.

City were so dominant that there looked no way back for Lancaster but for a second time, the home defence was caught napping and Danny Hattersley struck with a low drive.

With 16 minutes remaining, Hattersley was again on target to close the gap to a single goal and in the late stages, City had to dig deep but their anxieties ended in stoppage time as Amar Purewal had an easy task in front of an open goal.

DURHAM CITY: L Graham, Stephenson, Shaw, Davis, Wilkinson, Madden, Cutts (Jackson), Brown (E Graham), Dowson, Thompson, Amar Purewal.

Ref: N Sharp. Att: 168.