MANAGER Dickie Ord rested players and had others out injured for last night’s Doodson Sport Cup first round tie at Farsley FC, who avenged a recent defeat at New Ferens Park.
It wasn’t surprising therefore, that City should go out of the competition but, despite playing with 10 men for most of the second half, just one goal decided the outcome.
And it came after just 30 seconds. Ryan Watson’s volley from 18 yards was going wide but Ben Jones stuck out a leg and deflected the ball into the net.
City rarely threatened in the opening half when goalkeeper James Winter saw an effort from Simon Bambrook rebound off his chest before making an outstanding save to deny Jones a second goal.
City suffered a double blow early in the second half. Craig Harbord was shown a straight red card on 53 minutes and two minutes later Rufus Ayre was stretchered off following a tackle by Mallory, who was lucky to escape with only a yellow card.
Farsley piled on the pressure against 10-man City and in the last minute Billy Greulich-Smith almost snatched a dramatic equaliser.
DURHAM CITY: J Winter, Stoker, Ayre (Davis), Harbord, Parker, Brown, Greulich-Smith, E Graham, Amar Purewal, Thompson (Marley), Cutts (Shaw).
Ref: D Lawrence. Att: 91.