Ord wants Durham City to bounce back to form

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DURHAM City joint manager Dickie Ord is looking for a big improvement from his side in tomorrow’s FA Cup Preliminary Round tie at Dunston UTS.

The former Sunderland defender said: “We gave our worst performance of the season losing at Ossett Albion in the Evo-Stik League Division One North game on Monday.

“The lads know they need to bounce back but it won’t be easy on Tyneside and it will be particularly difficult if we are without four players, which is a distinct possibility.

“Gary Brown is definitely out because he is suspended and I’ve got serious doubts for another four lads.”

Ex-Sunderland player David Dowson, Stephen Thompson, Amar Purewal and James Winter are all struggling which could leave Ord with limited options.

His opposite number Billy Irwin, who played seven seasons with Durham, has no problems whatsoever.

Michael Robson and Stephen Goddard are included in a full-strength squad and although Irwin believes his opponents are favourites because they are higher in the pyramid, he is confident of victory on home soil.

“Our fans can make all the difference and if they get behind the team as they’ve done in the past, then we could cause an upset,” claimed Irwin.