Durham lording it over Laird

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BOSS Dickie Ord’s prediction that Durham City would soon turn over their opponents came spectacularly true against Cammell Laird, writes Malcom Pratt.

Laird were completely outplayed in the Evo-Stik League Division One North game at New Ferens Park.

Although Andre Helio gave the visitors a ninth-minute lead, they were overwhelmed and City might easily have won by a bigger margin than 4-1.

Ord could not have been too pleased with his team’s defending, however, as Helio was left with the easiest of chances to beat exposed goalkeeper James Winter.

The Citizens responded positively, taking the game to their opponents.

Arjun Purewal headed a corner over the crossbar with goalkeeper Phil Palethorpe stranded and shortly afterwards an effort from Ross Wilkinson was hurriedly cleared from the line.

Arjun Purewal and Wilkinson were again both close to equalising and it came as no surprise when Andrew Stephenson completed a good move by David Dowson on 27 minutes.

Just before the interval, Durham’s pressure was rewarded when Dowson held off defenders and laid the perfect ball to Amar Purewal, who fired low into the net.

Billy Greulich-Smith blazed wide following a clever back-heel from Dowson before City made it three with a controversial goal on 70 minutes.

Keeper Palethorpe was adjudged to have brought down Amar Purewal and was immediately shown a red card.

Outfield player Kyle Jones took over and his first task was to pick the ball out of the net after Dowson sent him the wrong way from the penalty spot.

City remained in control and just before the end Dowson was on target with his second following an assist from the returning Gary Brown.

Durham City: J Winter, Madden, Ayre, Brown (E Graham), Wilkinson, Arjun Purewal, Stephenson (Greulich-Smith), Davis, Dowson, Thompson (Cutts), Amar Purewal.

Ref: Mr D Hulme. Att: 108.