Durham City’s taste of sweet revenge

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DURHAM City joint manager Lee Collings has been in no doubt that his team’s worst performance this season by far was the 4-0 defeat at Salford City.

He called for revenge in the return Evo-Stik League Division One North fixture at the Esh Group Stadium on Saturday.

And Collings and colleague Dickie Ord were not disappointed, as City overwhelmed the Lancashire side 6-2.

Former Chester-le-Street player Josh Home Jackson was was just wide of the target and soon afterwards was denied by Salford goalkeeper Andy Robertson.

Jackson set up the returning Tommy English, who cleared the bar with a left-foot drive and then sent a spectacular overhead kick narrowly past the post.

It was no surprise when Durham went ahead on 26 minutes. Andrew Stephenson spotted Robertson off his line and beat him with a shot which hit the inside of a post and crossed the line at the other end.

City went two up before the interval, with Stephenson again the scorer.

He gave the keeper no chance following excellent work on the bye-line by Amar Purewal.

By now Durham were rampant and two goals in a couple of minutes after the interval ended Salford’s hopes.

Amar Purewal charged down a clearance by the keeper and from the resultant corner, Ross Wilkinson headed in.

Almost immediately, Wilkinson was again on target with a header following another flag kick and on 77 minutes the home side went nap as Amar Purewal added his name to the scoresheet.

Although Jack Gredshaw reduced the deficit, former Sunderland player David Dowson made it six and the game was into stoppage time before Martyn Andrews claimed a second consolation goal for Salford, who had been outplayed for almost all the game.

Rhodri Giggs, brother of Manchester United legend Ryan, did spark Salford on occasions, but City’s defence was never seriously put to the test.

DURHAM CITY: L Graham, Harbord, Ayers, Stephenson, Wilkinson, Arjun Purewal, Jackson (Dowson, C Winter), Cutts, Amar Purewal, Thompson, English. Ref: S Campbell. Att: 102.