DURHAM City made it three wins in four games with a crucial 2-1 victory at Prescot Cables in the money-spinning FA Trophy on Saturday, writes MALCOLM PRATT.
City should have had the tie sewn up by the interval, but their failure to make the most of their scoring opportunities had them on the defensive late on.
Dickie Ord’s men made a dream start with two goals in the opening 10 minutes.
For the seventh-minute opener, Gary Brown laid the ball off to Elliott Cutts, who found David Dowson. The ex-Sunderland striker made no mistake, with a clinical finish from 25 yards.
Three minutes later, Dowson was the provider for Brown, whose initial shot was blocked, though he made no mistake from the rebound.
Prescot goalkeeper Michael Langley denied Andrew Stephenson and Amar Purewal, then saved superbly from Brown, but two substitutions changed the course of the game.
The Merseysiders hit back and it was no surprise when their pressure was rewarded with a 62nd-minute Lee Madin goal.
City keeper James Winter saved from Joe Gibiliru, then Steven Tames was also close to an equaliser, but Durham held on to clinch a first qualifying round trip to Goole – from the division above – on October 22.
DURHAM CITY: J Winter, Madden, Shaw, Davis, Wilkinson, Arjun Purewal, Stephenson, Brown, Dowson, Cutts (Greulich-Smith), Amar Purewal. Att: 132.