FORMER Sunderland defender Dickie Ord has resigned as manager of Durham City after being in charge for a little over three years.
He took sole responsibility following the second game of the 2009/10 season when the club was in dire straits.
The main sponsor pulled out, resulting in several players leaving and Ord had to soldier on in the Evo-Stik League Premier Division with a team mainly made up of academy players.
“It’s a real shame that Dickie decided to go. We got on really well and he did a lot of good things in difficult circumstances,” said chairman Austin Carney.
“He kept the side together and some of the young players he brought in three seasons ago are still with us, which is testimony to how well thought of Dickie is.”
The club is now inviting applications from suitably qualified people. “Contrary to what is often said, we do have a reasonable playing budget.
“We try to do things right and it’s a good opportunity for someone,” added Carney.
City, with James Winter and Dan Madden in temporary charge, took Newcastle Benfield to the wire in last night’s Ebac Northern League First Division game.
A 44th minute goal denied City a share of the points. Scott Canham’s shot from the edge of the penalty area rebounded from the crossbar into the path of Richie Slaughter, who drove home through a ruck of players.
Bishop Auckland were surprisingly well beaten 4-1 by Whitley Bay at Heritage Park.
Ashley Davis gave Bay an early lead, but Bishops, who played some excellent football in the first half, deservedly levelled through Keiran Megran.
It was a different picture in the second period, however, when Bishops rarely threatened. Whitley took control and the goals flowed from Brian Smith and Paul Robinson, with a brace.
Billingham Synthonia were also comfortable winners, 3-0 at Marske United where Ross Gardner, Daniel Newby and Aidan Cattermole (pen), were the scorers.
In Division Two, Ryton and Crawcrook Albion moved off the bottom with an unexpected 3-0 success at home to Whickham, courtesy of Paul King (penalty), Mark Waite and Paul Blakey.