DESPITE being ahead twice, Durham City suffered a disappointing defeat in the Evo-Stik League Division One North game at Cammell Laird, writes Malcolm Pratt.
City were looking to push up into the play-off places but are now down to eighth after conceding two goals in three minutes just before the end of the game.
The Citizens broke the deadlock on 21 minutes.
Stephen Thompson threaded a ball through to Dowson, who flicked it past the keeper into an empty net.
Jack Magowan was close to an equaliser when his shot hit the woodwork.
Palethorpe made an outstanding reflex save to keep out an Amar Purewal header before Cammell Laird equalised after an hour.
The penalty decision appeared harsh on substitute Arjun Purewal, who looked to have cleanly won the ball, but Magowan made no mistake from the spot.
Durham were then awarded a penalty when Dowson was upended and Thompson sent the keeper the wrong way.
However, the lead lasted only six minutes.
Mark Stewart steered the ball past Graham who was beaten again 11 minutes from time as Dave McNamara tapped home a right-wing cross.
There were chances for Josh Home-Jackson and Gary Brown in the final minutes but it was not to be City’s day.
Durham City: L Graham, Stephenson, Shaw (Greulich-Smith), Davis, Wilkinson, Madden, Cutts (Home Jackson), Brown, Dowson, Thompson, Amar Purewal (Arjun Purewal).
Ref: Mr J Wilson. Att: 63.