Durham drop out of Evo Stik league

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AFTER weeks of speculation, Durham City chairman Austin Carney has confirmed the club’s resignation from the Evo-Stik League, writes Malcolm Pratt.

Before Saturday’s game against Woodley Sports at New Ferens Park, Mr Carney said the FA had accepted the move.

It has been an open secret that the club was finding it difficult financially to take part in the league and they now hope to return to the STL Northern League.

“Behind the scenes we’ve worked our socks off to keep our heads above water, but financially we couldn’t commit ourselves to another season in the Evo-Stik,” he said.

“Travelling costs alone exceed £20,000, apart from all the other expenses. Now, we are hoping to return to our roots, playing against local sides.”

Dickie Ord’s side finished on a high when they comfortably defeated Woodley Sports 3-0 before an above-average crowd of 134.

City created a number of chances, but it was not until the 41st minute that they broke the deadlock when David Dowson’s shot was parried and Stephen Thompson crashed the rebound into the net.

Dowson and Andrew Thompson both hit the woodwork before the Citizens doubled their lead on 70 minutes.

A Dowson drive was parried, but he made no mistake at the second attempt from a tight angle.

Amar Purewal almost made it three and a tremendous run by Stephen Thompson failed to gain the reward it deserved.

However, with a minute remaining, Dowson was again on target and for a second time he took advantage of a rebound.

City now await a decision from the Northern League, but it appears likely they will be re-admitted into the First Division.

Durham City: L Graham, Stephenson, Madden, Davis, Wilkinson, Arjun Purewal, Shaw, Brown, Dowson, Thompson, Amar Purewal.

Ref: M Dicicco. Att: 134.