Tight win ends a magical month for Durham City

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DURHAM City are in with a chance of being named team of the month in the Evo-Stik League Division One North.

Six games have resulted in four wins, a draw and just one defeat – to table-topping Chester.

Mossley arrived at the Esh Group Stadium anxious for revenge after City won last week’s contest, but following another closely-fought game, Durham completed the double with a 3-2 win.

City opened at a frantic pace and David Dowson was unlucky to see his goal-bound shot deflected for a corner, to the relief of Mossley goalkeeper Peter Collinge.

A goal was only delayed until the 12th minute.

Stephen Thompson took a good touch, only to be felled and the referee had no hesitation in pointing to the spot.

Thompson took the kick himself and although the keeper guessed correctly, he was unable to reach the ball.

It was all City in the opening period. Andrew Stephenson and Amar Purewal were close to a second goal and Collinge made a superb save to keep out Amar Purewal’s tremendous drive, which had a goal written all over it.

For some inexplicable reason, City then switched off.

Goalkeeper Lewis Graham was at full stretch to save from Kristian Dennis and it was no surprise when Mossley equalised just before the interval through Chris Rowney, who netted following a corner.

The second half was much more evenly- balanced and a draw looked the likely outcome.

But then, all of a sudden, three goals were scored in the final few minutes.

Amar Purewal almost regained the lead for his side before Dowson did so in the 85th minute.

He broke clear of defenders, kept his cool and beat Collinge from inside the penalty area.

Two minutes later Durham went 3-1 up as Jack Pounder sent in a tremendous shot which gave the keeper no chance.

A Durham win now looked inevitable, but in stoppage time Dennis scored with a superb rising shot from some distance.

There was still time for Mossley to win a corner and when keeper Collinge went up, he was inches away from snatching a point for the visitors.

DURHAM CITY: L Graham, Harbord, Ayers, Stephenson (C Winter), Wilkinson, Arjun Purewal, Amar Purewal, Cutts (E Graham), Dowson, Thompson, English (Pounder).

Ref: Mr D Chapman.

Att: 119.