Adam Furness steps in to replace Ord in Durham City hotseat

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DURHAM City last night appointed Adam Furness as manager, in succession to Dickie Ord who resigned last week.

Furness comes with considerable experience of the Ebac Northern League, having played for a number of clubs. Until recently, he was first team coach at Whitley Bay.

The holder of a UEFA ‘A’ qualification, he is currently Football Development Officer with the Northumberland FA. Furness is also Head Coach at Durham University.

City have also announced the appointment of Ian Skinner as assistant boss.

Furness will be at tonight’s game against Penrith at New Ferens Park to meet the players, staff and supporters.

There is a local derby when West Auckland host Bishop Auckland with only goal difference separating the sides in the top six.

Dunston UTS, who until recently were in the relegation zone, are now ninth from bottom and manager Billy Irwin believes the tide has turned.

He said: “We’ve taken seven points from the last three matches and I’m looking for the run to continue at home to Ashington.”

Chester-le-Street manager Colin Wake wasn’t particularly happy with his side’s second half performance at the week-end, when they conceded two penalties and had goalkeeper Matthew Crook sent off, all within the space of a couple of minutes.

He said: “We huffed and puffed during the second 45 minutes and our cause was not helped by giving away two spot kicks and losing the ‘keeper.

“We’ll need to be more focused at Thornaby if we are to get back into the top half of Division Two.”

Gary Turton, signed from Esh Winning last night, will make his debut while Scott Donaldson is on the verge of joining South Shields.

Michael Robson and Ian Davison, who has been out for a couple of weeks with an injury to his ribs, are sidelined.

Seaham Red Star will go fifth top if they defeat Jarrow Roofing in a re-arranged fixture. The orginal game a couple of weeks ago was abandoned because of a floodlight failure with the score at 2-2.

“We had a very good win at the week-end and, compared to the last two seasons, are going great guns even though we have lost three players recently.

“Michael Pattison and Calvin Gowland joined Chester-le-Street and Michael McEwen has moved to North Shields but manager Mark Collingwood is also bringing players in.

“Chris Scott made his debut on Saturday following his transfer from South Shields and we hope to complete the move of Ivan Stoyanov, also from the Mariners, for him to play tonight,” reported secretary Kevin Turns.

Adam Bell and David Gray though cannot play as Red Star aim to join the top six for the first time in several seasons.