Squad strength suits Ord despite Shildon swoop

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DURHAM City will probably stick with the present squad until the end of the season despite transferring two players in the last week.

Billy Greulich-Smith and Josh Home-Jackson have both joined STL Northern League side Shildon.

“Shildon came in for the two lads and we accepted the offers,” said manager Dickie Ord.

“I’ve still got a squad of 20 and a couple of lads have asked for trials, but I don’t think we’ll be signing players from other clubs.

“We’ll continue to push for the play-offs and hopefully be in the mix at the end of the season, but, if we fail, we’ll build during the summer for the next campaign,”

Unbeaten in their last four games, during which they kept three clean sheets, Durham City face another difficult task at New Ferens Park tomorrow when they line up against Garforth Town.

Ord added: “They are going great guns, enjoying a winning sequence. We gave them a good game at their place, but, after going in front, lost be the odd goal.

“The lads are battling hard and working for each other and we’re now a difficult side to beat, but tomorrow will show how far we’ve come”.

Skipper Ross Wilkinson, who has missed the last four games, is available, as is David Dowson, but Amar Purewal is again ruled out.