Dominant Durham at the treble

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DURHAM City’s form in the Evo-Stik League Division One North has suddenly taken off, with seven goals in two games, writes Malcolm Pratt.

After putting four past Cammell Laird the previous week, City’s strikers were again on song in a comfortable 3-0 victory over Bamber Bridge at New Ferens Park on Saturday.

And Dickie Ord’s side could easily have won by a much bigger margin, having dominated for long periods.

From the kick-off, visiting goalkeeper Lee Dovey was in action and had a busy afternoon.

He denied Stephen Thompson in the first minute and then gathered a powerful shot from David Dowson at the second attempt.

Dovey then managed to block a goalbound effort from Dowson and excelled again to prevent Thompson from opening the scoring.

Little was seen of the Bamber attack and the only surprise was that it took Durham 38 minutes to break the deadlock.

It was a brilliant piece of individual play by Thompson, who beat a number of defenders before driving low into the bottom corner of the net.

Dowson pulled a shot wide before the Citizens doubled their lead on 63 minutes. Andrew Stephenson slotted a great pass to Amar Purewal and he rounded the goalkeeper before placing the ball into an empty net.

Three minutes later and it was all over for the visitors.

Thompson’s pass beat the offside trap and Dowson made no mistake against the exposed Dovey.

It could well have been four following good work by Amar Purewal and Dowson and although Ryan Salmon blazed high over the home side’s crossbar, City were never threatened.

Durham City: J Winter, Madden (Greulich-Smith), Shaw, Davis, Wilkinson, Arjun Purewal, Stephenson, Brown, Dowson, Thompson (Cutts), Amar Purewal.

Ref: Mr Tom Rogers. Att: 104.