Purewalls produce a little piece of pure magic for Durham City

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DURHAM City made it four wins on the bounce to move into third in the Evo-Stik League Division One North, writes Malcolm Pratt.

They completed the double over Ossett Town at New Ferens Park, but made hard work of their task, despite dominating for long periods.

Dickie Ord’s side had four good chances through David Dowson (twice), Amar Purewal and Ross Wilkinson before Ossett went in front against the run of play.

A defensive lapse opened up the opportunity for Neil Towler, who fired past James Winter.

Dowson crashed a shot into the side netting and Andrew Stephenson and Stephen Thompson tested visiting goalkeeper Stephen Dickinson.

It looked as if it was not to be City’s day, but they scored three times in six blistering minutes.

Amar Purewal equalised with the simplest of chances and almost immediately, a well-taken free kick by Thompson took a deflection into the net.

Dead-ball specialist Thompson delivered another excellent free kick and Arjun Purewal made it 3-1 from close range.

Thompson hit the post and Arjun Purewal had a header saved by Dickinson, but when Ross Wilkinson bundled the ball into his own net with three minutes of normal time remaining, there were some anxious moments for the home team.

City saw out three minutes of added-on time, though and go to Goole Town on Saturday confident they can make further progress in the FA Trophy.

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

Ref: Mr T Young. Att: 133.