Dickie Ord is left cursing Curzon loss

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DURHAM City boss Dickie Ord was left cursing two defensive lapses which cost his team dearly against Curzon Ashton in the Evo-Stik League Division One North, writes Malcolm Pratt.

Until they leaked the first goal on 37 minutes, the Citizens had held their own against the table-topping hosts.

Ross Wilkinson had a free header from a Stephen Thompson corner, but could not find the target and at the other end, Chris McDonnagh should have done better than firing into the side netting after beating the offside trap.

Goalkeeper James Winter denied McDonnagh and City’s Gary Brown blazed over the top before Josh Home-Jackson spooned an effort high and wide.

The best chance fell to City when David Dowson’s shot flew across the face of goal and with goalkeeper Joshua Ollerenshaw stranded, the ball went agonisingly wide.

Curson went ahead eight minutes before the interval.

Winter could not gather a shot from Sam Walker and Kristian Dennis pounced on the rebound.

Elliott Cutts had a chance to level three minutes into the second period, but his effort was comfortably saved and it took a superb fingertip save by Winter from Andrew Watson to keep Durham in the game.

Ollerenshaw was at full stretch to keep out a Steve Thompson free kick and Gary Shaw was just wide with another dead-ball kick.

However, with 12 minutes to go, McDonnagh crossed from the right and Ross Wilkinson turned the ball into his own net.

Durham City: J Winter, Stephenson, Madden, Davis, Wilkinson, Arjun Purewal, Home-Jackson (Shaw), Brown, Dowson, Thompson, Cutts (Greulich-Smith).

Ref: Mr D Lawrence. Att: 203.