AFTER conceding two early goals, Ryhope CW battled back to level the score against Durham City in last night’s friendly at New Ferens Park only to be denied when Ian Chandler’s side snatched a late winner
Callum Hope converted a Chris Wallace cross on 15 minutes and soon afterwards Hope was the provider for Ryan McGorrigan to finish into the bottom corner of the Ryhope net.
At this stage, City were comfortable, but they were rocked when the Wearsiders struck twice in the space of a minute.
Substitute Bryan Norton rounded the goalkeeper and slotted home from an acute angle, then Alan Marshall equalised with a close-range finish.
They were the first goals City had conceded in four pre-season friendlies.
It took a fine individual effort from Alan Munro to win the game. He cut in from the left and delivered a great strike across the goalkeeper.
Chester-le-Street went down by the only goal when they hosted Whitley Bay. Paul Chow, a regular marksman last season, netted on 20 minutes for Leon Ryan’s side.
Bishop Auckland succumbed to Willington at Hall Lane. Stephen Ward and Andy Combie fired the home side into a two-goal lead before Stuart Thompson claimed an 87th-minute consolation for Bishops.