Durham City’s third win on bounce at Bamber Bridge sparks dreams of Evo-Stick League play-offs

Richard Ord has seen his side win nine points in the last three games.
Richard Ord has seen his side win nine points in the last three games.
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DURHAM City kept alive their chances of making the Evo-Stik League Division One North play-offs with a 2-1 victory over Bamber Bridge in Lancashire.

It was Dickie Ord’s side’s third consecutive victory and it helped them leapfrog their hosts.

The game was a closely-contested encounter which City only just edged.

A defence-splitting pass by Amar Purewal opened up an early opportunity for David Dowson, whose left-footed shot flashed wide of the post.

The home side quickly hit back and after a good move involving Alistair Waddecarr and Matt Lawler, Matt Mahoney fired over the crossbar.

Play moved quickly from end to end. Andrew Stephenson laid the ball off to Stephen Thompson, but he drove straight at keeper Lee Doveyl.

City survived a scare on 17 minutes. Goalkeeper Lewis Graham was beaten by Danny Mahoney, but the ball rebounded from the crossbar.

Darren Green curled a right-foot shot just wide of City’s goal and Matt Mahoney was inches off target, with Graham struggling along his line.

Durham regained control and following Thompson’s 25-yard attempt, they went ahead after 25 minutes.

Thompson drove across the face of goal and Amar Purewal forced the ball home inches from the line.

Dovey saved well from Dowson and Amar Purewal’s left-foot shot was deflected for a corner.

A goalbound effort by Dowson was deflected on to the foot of the post and out for a corner and in another raid, Amar Purewal fired a rebound straight at Dovey.

City’s appeals for a penalty were waived aside and just before the interval, Bamber Bridge launched a series of attacks.

Ross Wilkinson cleared a Lawler header off the line and Luke Atherton should have done better from another well-delivered corner by Waddecarr.

Waddecarr was causing problems and in first-half stoppage time, Darren Green got on the end of a cross, but put his effort past the post.

City began the second half as they had started the first, taking the game to their opponents and were rewarded with a second goal on 53 minutes.

Thompson and Dowson linked up well and when the ball was squared to Stephenson, he gave Dovey no chance from 10 yards.

It could easily have been three, but Dovey went at full stretch to deny Dowson, who then forced his way past two defenders to curl in a left-foot shot which again brought the best out of Dovey.

But with just six minutes remaining the game was thrown wide open.

Simon Lakeland took a free kick from the halfway line and Waddecarr got ahead of Lewis Graham to flick in a header.

In stoppage time, the Bridge had a chance to claim a point, but Sefton Gonzales’ header was straight at Graham.

Durham City: L Graham, Madden, Shaw, Davis, Wilkinson, Arjun Purewal, Winter (Cutts), Stephenson, Dowson, Thompson (Pounder), Amar Purewal.

Ref: Mr M Denton. Att: 257.