In-form Durham City coast to win at Wakefield

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WITH four wins in their last five games, Durham City are still on course for the play-offs in the Evo-Stik League Division One North.

Victory at bottom-of-the-table Wakefield last night was crucial and the Citizens made no mistake, coasting home 4-0.

Dickie Ord’s side enjoyed most of the possession throughout the 90 minutes but it wasn’t until the second half that they turned their superiority into a winning position.

Early attempts by Fernando Moke and Nathan Heskett were easily thwarted by the visitors who were quickly into their stride.

Amar Purewal was clean through but goalkeeper Lee McGrath denied him, saving with his legs.

Only an acrobatic tip over the top by McGrath kept out a rising shot from Gary Shaw and it was no surprise when the Citizens went ahead on 21 minutes.

Andrew Stephenson’s through ball from inside his own half found Amar Purewal, who progressed past a hesitant defence.

McGrath turned over a goalbound effort from Stephenson before two goals in a minute early in the second half sealed the West Yorkshire side’s fate.

David Dowson had only been on the field a minute when he set up Gary Shaw for an easy tap-in and a minute later Dowson made no mistake when clean through on goal.

It was all City. Dan Madden had a shot deflected for a corner, Dowson and Shaw both drove wide before Arjun Purewal provided the pass for his brother Amar to complete the scoring.

Only another splendid save by McGrath denied Purewal a hat-trick.

Durham City: L Graham, Ayre (Davis), Madden, Harbord, Wilkinson, Arjun Purewal, Stephenson (Dowson), E Graham, Amar Purewal, Thompson (Cutts), Shaw.