DURHAM City’s chances of making the Evo-Stik League Division One North play-offs suffered a big setback with a 3-0 defeat at Salford City.
City made an encouraging start and Gary Shaw was twice close. His sixth-minute strike was only kept out by the legs of goalkeeper Chris Howarth and shortly afterwards he fired high and wide.
The Citizens then presented Salford with the opening goal on 13 minutes. They made a hash of a clearance and Kayne Hanley took advantage, volleying the ball into the roof of the net.
Osebi Abadaki then went past goalkeeper Lewis Graham but fired wide with the goal at his mercy.
City conceded a second goal just before half-time when Adam Morning cut in from the right and found the unmarked Scott Metcalfe, who slotted home.
In the second half, Stephen Thompson’s chip just cleared the crossbar and Arjun Purewal headed over.
Rhodri Giggs rattled the woodwork but immediately he made no mistake to wrap up the points for Salford.
DURHAM CITY: L Graham, Ayre (Pounder), Madden, Harbord (C Winter), Wilkinson, Arjun Purewal, Davis, E Graham (Cutts), Amar Purewal, Thompson, Shaw.