Dickie Ord urges Durham City slippers to keep their concentration

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MANAGER Dickie Ord reckons Durham City need to start taking their chances and stop conceding “silly” goals if they are to recapture the form which made them contenders for the Evo-Stik League Division One North play-offs, writes MALCOLM PRATT.

Ord’s men visit eighth-top AFC Fylde tomorrow, looking to make amends for the 1-0 midweek loss at Farsley.

The City boss said: “Tuesday night’s game was another example of us giving three points away.

“We battered them in the first half – I lost count of the number of opportunities we had – but the ball just wouldn’t go in.

“We were the better team in the second half, but then we lost concentration at the back and handed a goal on the plate to them.

“We’ve got to get back to where we were in October, when we put a very good run together.”

Goalkeeper James Winter has recovered from a hand injury, but Lewis Graham has proved to be an admirable deputy and could keep his place at Fylde.

David Dowson struggled with a foot injury on Tuesday, but he is expected to have recovered. Ord’s only serious concern is over the availability of Evann Graham.

Ord added: “Fylde are a good team, but, if we turn up, we are a match for any side. We’ve just got to learn to be patient in front of goal and concentrate at the back for the full 90 minutes.”

H Gateshead take a break from their Blue Square Bet Premier promotion challenge to host crisis club Kettering Town in the FA Carlsberg Trophy tomorrow.

Managerless Darlington, meanwhile, are away to Grimsby.