Northern League: Steelmen too strong for Durham City

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Only one game was played in the entire Ebac Northern League on Saturday – on the 3G pitch at Consett’s Belle View Stadium.

Torrential rain resulted in some clubs being given permission to postpone their fixtures as early as Thursday and more cancellations followed on Christmas Day.

Consett’s game with Durham City, though, was never in doubt and a Boxing Day crowd of 250 saw them comfortably win by a 3-0 margin in what was technically a home match for homeless City.

The Citizens – without a victory in six games – almost went in front with just four minutes on the clock when a header from Tom Colledge rattled the crossbar.

Consett quickly gained the ascendancy, however, and two goals in the opening half hour left Chris Moore’s team with a formidable challenge.

After 15 minutes, a free-kick from Danny Craggs was turned over the crossbar by goalkeeper Tom Flynn, who was outstanding throughout the 90 minutes.

Flynn punched the resultant corner, but the ball fell to Jordan Lavery and he headed into the net.

It could well have been 2-0 a minute later. Flynn struggled to clear a back pass and the ball went straight to Michael Sweet but the keeper made amends, saving with his legs.

Flynn then denied Michael Mackay, but a second goal was only delayed until the half hour mark. Ex-Durham player Calvin Smith spotted Flynn off his line and, from just inside his own half, sensationally delivered an exquisite lob over the keeper.

City now had their backs well and truly to the wall and it was just about all over on 62 minutes.

A cross by Luke Sullivan was only cleared as far as Dan Hawkins and when his shot was driven off the line, Michael Sweet was on hand to strike.

Consett continued to dominate with Lavery, Mackay and Ryan McKinnon all going close to making it four.

Following four consecutive defeats, Consett manager Colin Myers was pleased to get a win on board.

“Getting the three points was the main aim, but we should have won by a much bigger margin. I reckon we had six or seven easy chances, but I’m not complaining,” said Myers.

Durham boss Moore admitted it was not a great day for his team, saying: “We didn’t play well in the first half and changed one or two things at the interval.

Today’s scheduled clash between Jarrow Roofing and Washington has been postponed.