DURHAM City matched high-flying AFC Fylde during the first half of the Evo-Stik League Division One North game, but were on the back foot after conceding three goals in 10 early second-half minutes, writes Malcolm Pratt.
Fylde failed to take advantage of several corners in the early stages but eventually went ahead on 17 minutes when Joe Booth and John Hills combined for Tom Cahill to strike from close-range.
It was one-way traffic and Booth should have done better when he fired over the crossbar, but in the 36th minute City levelled in bizarre fashion.
A Rufus Ayre free kick bounced once and surprisingly beat home goalkeeper Lewis Edge.
Durham’s defence was resilient in the first half but wilted during the second period.
On 47 Cahill stroked the ball past Lewis Graham and five minutes later a flighted shot from Kevin Townson took a deflection into the net.
City went 4-1 down with a brilliantly-executed goal from Townson.
City reduced the deficit when Amar Purewal scored at the second attempt.
It took an excellent save by Graham to prevent Matt Mahoney making it five and only a Mark Batey block denied Andy Bell.
DURHAM CITY: L Graham, Ayre, Ayers (Bonnington), Cutts (Monaghan), Batey, Stephenson, Jackson, E Graham, Dowson, Thompson, Amar Purewal.
Ref: Mr I Hussin.