Stephen Thompson steals the show for Durham City

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JOINT managers Lee Collings and Dickie Ord were delighted to capture former player Tommy English and although he impressed, it was Stephen Thompson who stole the show in Durham City’s romp over Lancaster City in last night’s Evo-Stik League Division One North game at the Esh Group Stadium, writes Malcolm Pratt.

Thompson tormented the visitors until he was substituted by Connor Winter, by then City were on their way to a 5-0 win.

Thompson’s shot from some distance just cleared the crossbar and he then became the provider for City’s opener.

He turned his marker to set up David Dowson who drove a low shot into the net.

City were playing some excellent football and when English lofted the ball into the box Amar Purewal fired home.

Thompson then sent Dowson away but Lancaster goalkeeper Martin Fearon managed to finger-tip the ball wide.

There was no stopping Thompson who once again split the Lancaster defence, English’s shot was deflected for a corner.

Former Sunderland player Dowson was narrowly wide and Andrew Stephenson almost found the net with a lob from just inside the visitors’ half.

Durham so much dominated the opening 45 minutes that the only surprise was that they managed just two goals but three followed in the second half.

Fearon saved magnificently from English before Wilkinson struck twice in four minutes.

With three minutes remaining City went nap as Jack Pounder headed wide of Fearon.

In stoppage time only a brilliant save by James Winter kept Durham’s goal intact and City celebrated a clean sheet.

DURHAM CITY: J Winter, Batey, Ayre, Stephenson, Wilkinson, Arjun Purewal, Amar Purewal (Pounder), E Graham, Dowson (Cutts), Thompson (Winter), English.

Ref: P Brown. Att: 66.