Durham City lose out at Woodley as their luck deserts them again

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DURHAM City were again out of luck in the Evo-Stik League Division One North game at Woodley Sports.

After only seven minutes, manager Dickie Ord’s game plan was disrupted when Ross Wilkinson suffered a gashed head and he was taken to hospital.

City could have been in front before the unfortunate incident. Gary Shaw’s header hit the post with goalkeeper Max Johnson stranded and shortly afterwards, Johnson denied David Dowson.

Thompson went close with a direct free kick and lost out when one-on-one with the keeper.

It was very much against the run of play when Woodley went in front on 29 minutes with their first meaningful attack. Jordan Stefien deflected a low free-kick from Jack Dorney wide of goalkeeper Lewis Graham.

Considering they had seen little of the ball in the Durham half, it was amazing that the home side should increase their lead five minutes later.

This time there was nothing lucky about Stefien’s half volley which gave Graham no chance.

The visitors were then fortunate not to concede a third goal to Adam Mather on the stroke of half time but it was no more than Ord’s side deserved when they reduced the deficit on 48 minutes.

Adam Mather brought down Dowson and Thompson crashed the penalty into the roof of the net.

City began to dominate and in the last 20 minutes, exerted considerable pressure on the Woodley goal.

Dowson and Thompson carved open the home defence but neither player managed to get in a shot and 10 minutes from time Dowson was again second best in another one-on-one situation with Johnson.

Then, in the last minute of added time, Josh Home-Jackson delivered a cracking shot which went narrowly wide of the far post.

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

Ref: Mr D R Street. Att: 75.