Durham City pay for missed chances

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ANOTHER promising performance, another pointless day, just about sums up Durham City’s 3-0 defeat at AFC Fylde in the Evo-Stik League Division One North.

Dickie Ord’s men had a lot of possession and created many chances, but in the end were beaten by a side which knew the way to goal.

The Citizens were in bullish mood from the kick-off. After just two minutes Billy Greulich-Smith opened up the home defence but David Dowson’s shot was somehow deflected by goalkeeper Zak Jones into the side netting.

Gary Brown fired straight at the keeper, Dan Madden’s header was comfortably saved and Gary Shaw hit the post before Fylde went ahead very much against the run of play.

Glenn Steel bundled the ball into the net at the back post after defenders had missed a flighted cross.

An excellent centre by Stephen Thompson found Dowson in a position to level but his header went straight to the keeper and it was Fylde who made their limited opportunities count.

In the 36th minute, Richie Allen lost his marker and turned quickly before placing a superb low shot past Lewis Graham.

It was almost all Durham though and Jones was forced to finger-tip a Dowson effort away for a corner. The keeper then made a point-blank save from Dowson.

Incredibly, City went three goals down midway through the second half. Keigan Parker and Mike Barnes combined to set up Allen, who sneaked the ball in at the post after rounding the exposed Lewis Graham.

City were close to a consolation goal in the final minutes with a clever backheel from Dowson who deserved some reward for his tireless efforts.

Ord’s side, though, needs to be a lot sharper in front of goal if they are to have any chance of getting back into the play-off places.

Durham City: L Graham, Stephenson, Madden, E Graham (Davis), Wilkinson, Arjun Purewal, Greulich-Smith, Brown (Home Jackson), Dowson, Thompson, Shaw (Cutts).

Ref: Mr M Corlett. Att: 253.