DURHAM City joint manager Dickie Ord took positive out of Saturday’s 4-0 FA Cup defeat at Northern League club Dunston UTS, writes MALCOLM PRATT.
Ord said: “We were by far the better side in the opening half and it was against the run of play when they scored a minute before the break.
“We said during the interval that the next goal would be vital and when they scored we knew we had a mountain to climb, but it was only in the final five minutes that they made sure of victory.
“Our performance was nothing to be disappointed about.
“We fielded a young squad and it was always going to be hard against a team with so many experienced players.”
Brad Brooking powered home a 44th-minute headed opener past keeper Lewis Graham, and it was 2-0 when Michael Dixon’s looping header found the net.
Dunston added two late goals, Lee McAndrew firing home on 85 minutes before Terry Galbraith added a penalty.
City’s Andrew Stephenson forced Liam Connell into an excellent save, and the keeper was at full stretch to keep out a powerful header from Jack Pounder.
Dunston manager Billy Irwin thought his team were second best early on, when his side “huffed and puffed”, but said: “It was a different scenario after the break. In the end, we won comfortably with a professional performance.”
DURHAM CITY: L Graham, Madden, Copeland, Stephenson, Wilkinson, Arjun Purewal, Greulich-Smith (Pounder), E Graham, Dowson, Amar Purewal, Cutts (Shaw). Ref: K Raine (Sunderland). Att: 272.