DURHAM City battled back from behind to lead at Cammell Laird, only to lose out 4-2 in the Evo-Stik League Division One North on Saturday, writes MALCOLM PRATT.
After some early scares, City took control. Amar Purewal was just wide when well placed and he then forced a good save from goalkeeper Phil Palethorpe.
But the Merseysiders went ahead against the run of play, Aaron Bowen splitting City’s defence with a fine pass to Jordan Evason, who beat keeper Lewis Graham with a shot just inside the post.
Within eight minutes, however, Durham were level. Tommy English lofted a great ball to Amar Purewal, who headed over the keeper at the back post.
Bowen was lucky to escape with only a booking when he fouled Rufus Ayre, who was stretchered off.
City took the lead 10 minutes into the second period and again English was involved in the build-up. His pass found Stephen Thompson, who chipped the keeper for a classy goal.
Cammell equalised as Andrews struck from 25 yards, but City went close with an audacious attempt by Andrew Stephenson from almost halfway which forced Palethorpe to turn the ball over the bar.
Cammell, though, stormed 3-2 up when sub Mark Stewart, only on for a minute, fired in. Though Bowen was sent off for a second bookable offence, Andrews’ late penalty confirmed City’s defeat.
DURHAM CITY: L Graham, Batey (Harbord), Ayre (Ayers), Stephenson, Wilkinson, Arjun Purewal, Cutts, E Graham, Amar Purewal, Thompson, English. Att: 88.