A super six for Durham City in the Evo Stik League Division One North

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DURHAM City hit Woodley Sports for six and joint manager Lee Collings reckoned it could have been double figures at the Esh Group stadium on Saturday, writes Malcolm Pratt.

He said: “We ran the show from beginning to end, hit the woodwork twice and three times were one-on-one with their keeper.

“I can’t complain though. We put six chances away and I thought we played much better at the back. They managed a couple of goals, but their last one just before the end was a ‘soft’ penalty.”

Josh Home Jackson had an early chance, but blazed over the visitors’ crossbar and at the other end goalkeeper James Winter twice denied Sam Walker.

Walker then produced the opening for Chris Smith to give Woodley the lead and shortly afterwards only a splendid save by Winter prevented City from going further behind.

Durham gradually came more into the game and blitzed Woodley in the pre-interval play.

David Dowson hit the post, Elliott Cutts headed just wide and then had a shot cleared off the line.

The relentless pressure was eventually rewarded six minutes before the interval when Stephen Thompson completed a solo run with a beautifully-executed shot wide of keeper Liam Higginbotham.

Durham then went in front on the stroke of half time. Amar Purewal latched on to a Ross Wilkinson through ball and finished with great aplomb.

City were rampant and a minute into the second period Dowson pounced on a weak back header and lobbed Higginbotham.

Two minutes later Amar Purewal was again on target, converting a Cutts cross from the right and City quickly took their tally to six.

Purewal completed his hat-trick and Thompson converted a penalty, awarded after he had been brought down.

With just a couple of minutes of normal time remaining, Woodley were given a penalty after Amar Purewal was adjudged to have handled. Walker beat Winter from the spot to make the final score 6-2

Durham City: J Winter, Batey, Ayers, Stephenson, Wilkinson, Arjun Purewal, Jackson (Cutts, Pounder), E Graham, Dowson, Thompson, Harbord, Amar Purewal.