Play-off dream is alive for Durham City

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DURHAM City stretched their unbeaten run to four games, holding Warrington Town to a goalless draw in Cheshire, writes Malcolm Pratt.

Dickie Ord, right, and his side have now taken eight points from the last four games and remain in contention for the play-off places in Evo-Stik League Division One North.

City battled against a strong wind during the opening half, when the home side created several chances.

Nick Jackson drove a free kick from outside the penalty area just wide of the post and goalkeeper Lewis Graham was forced into a good save from Michael Duffy.

A long-range shot by Matt Cross cleared the upright, Kyle Hamid headed over when he should have done better and just before the break Anthony Hickey had an effort deflected for a corner.

City’s best effort in the opening 45 minutes came when Jack Pounder had a header saved by goalkeeper Chris Oldfield.

The Citizens stepped up a gear during the second period and could have won the game.

From the kick-off Andrew Stephenson had a chance with a free header and Gary Shaw’s drive shaved the outside of the post in the 72nd minute.

Stephen Thompson had Oldfield at full-stretch to concede a corner, but in the final 10 minutes City were forced to camp in their own half.

They defended ruggedly and determinedly to gain only their second draw of the season, but the point keeps them in the race for the play-offs.

Durham City: L Graham, Brown (Ayre), Shaw, Davis, Madden, Arjun Purewal, E Graham (Greulich-Smith), Stephenson, Pounder, Thompson, Cutts (Winter).

Ref: Mr B Roberts. Att: 145.