Amar Purewal’s double keeps Durham City on track for play-offs

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DURHAM City’s hopes of making the Evo-Stik League Division One North play-offs received another boost with a 2-1 victory at Clitheroe.

Amar Purewal was twice on target and it was not until the 93rd minute that the home side reduced the deficit.

Dickie Ord’s side quickly mounted an offensive which was rewarded with a seventh-minute goal.

Stephen Thompson had already attempted a speculative lob which went just wide and when Durham immediately launched another attack, Clitheroe made the cardinal error of waiting for an offside decision.

The assistant referee waved play on and Purewal took advantage, producing an excellent chip past advancing goalkeeper Zach Hibbert.

Just before the interval, however, Clitheroe almost equalised.

Duncan Whatmore dribbled into the box, but his shot was smothered by goalkeeper Lewis Graham and then cleared by a defender.

Bobby Langford and Kevin Brown went close for the home side and Rufus Ayre had to concede a corner as the pressure mounted on the visitors’ goal.

From being completely in control during most of the opening half, Durham were now on the defensive but the pressure was relieved with a second goal against the run of play.

Gary Shaw set up Purewal who, for a second time, lobbed the keeper.

It looked as if the Citizens would hold onto a two-goal lead, but three minutes into added time, Langford headed in a consolation goal for Clitheroe.

It was City’s fifth win in six games and they are now up to sixth, equal on points with Garforth Town, who occupy the last play-off place.

Durham City: L Graham, Ayre, Madden, Harbord, Wilkinson, Arjun Purewal, Stephenson, E Graham, Amar Purewal, Thompson, Shaw. Ref: Mr P Mahon. Att: 210.