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Durham City -V- Salford City
Durham City -V- Salford City
Date: Sat 12th Mar 2011
Time: 15:00
Attn: 102
Durham City
Salford City 2
Evo-Stik First Division North 12 March 2011 City \'ammer the Ammies by Ken Milgate Durham City 6 Stephenson 26, 38 Wilkinson 48, 50 Amar Purewal 77 Dowson 86 Salford City 2 Redshaw 82 Andrews 90+1 City avenged arguably their worst display of the season way back in early October at Moor Lane with a comprehensive victory in an open game of fast flowing football, Andrew Stephenson and Ross Wilkinson both bagging a brace. Joshua Home-Jackson featured prominently in the opening exchanges, snatching a first-time effort wide before being beaten to a through ball by the out-rushing Andy Robertson. He then laid off to Tommy English, who shot over the bar, before provider sent an overhead kick from an Amar Purewal cross wide of the post. For the visitors, Russell Headley cleared the bar before Robertson had no problems with a Stephenson shot. There were then chances at both ends in quick succession, Stephen Thompson almost catching Robertson off his line on 17minutes before Adam Morning had Lewis Graham at full stretch four minutes later to fingertip clear a low drive from distance. The opening goal was, however, a trademark Stephenson chip over the keeper, Robertson paying dearly for his advanced position and being beaten by a long-range effort which hit the post and crossed the line inside the opposite upright. Salford should have equalized on 32minutes, but Rhodri Giggs flicked Morning\'s left-wing cross wide of the far post. In the same minute Elliot Cutts fed Thompson who forced Robertson into a diving save for a corner, from which Wilkinson headed over at the back post. A second goal for City duly arrived on 37minutes when Amar Purewal pulled the ball back from the goal line into the path of the on-rushing Stephenson, who beat Robertson with a low drive into the bottom corner. The second half was only three minutes old when Amar Purewal\'s persistence increased City\'s lead, his charge-down of Robertson\'s clearance producing a corner from which Wilkinson stabbed home English\'s cross at the post. Two minutes later Wilkinson headed goal number four after Robertson had made a one-handed save to deny Amar Purewal at the expense of a corner, which English delivered to telling effect. On 58minutes Giggs ruffled the side netting with a header from Morning\'s cross and Jack Redshaw shot wide as the visitors looked anything but a beaten side. But it was City who went close to another goal, Amar Purewal needing only an extra few inches to connect with an English cross before Robertson came out to deny Dowson. Wilkinson then headed over an Amar Purewal cross before provider headed home a pinpoint English cross to make it five. Redshaw grabbed a more than deserved consolation goal with eight minutes remaining when he raced on to a through ball and slid the ball past Lewis Graham despite the attention of two flanking City defenders. The game continued to flow from end to end, English driving wide before Wilkinson cleared majestically off his line. Goal number six for City was a reward for ailing substitute David Dowson, who drove low to beat Robertson inside his post from an Amar Purewal lay-off. Salford\'s resilience was further rewarded in the first minute of stoppage-time when Martyn Andrews finally got the ball over the line after the woodwork and last-ditch defending had repelled any number of goal attempts following a corner. City played, as at Wakefield, with passion and commitment: the midfield duo of Stephenson and Cutts were always in the thick of the action, Tommy\'s left foot wove its customary magic and right-back conscript Craig Harbord countered Morning\'s pace with obdurate perseverance and determination. We got more of the same, as requested. Durham City Lewis Graham, Harbord, Ayers, Stephenson, Wilkinson, Arjun Purewal, Home-Jackson (Dowson 54)(Conor Winter 87), Cutts, Amar Purewal, Thompson (Pounder 71), English Subs not used Rufus Ayre, James Winter Man of the match Ross Wilkinson Salford City Robertson, Gamble (Tinker 46), Hockenhull, Cross, Ayres, Goodeve, Headley (Barker 46), Andrews, Redshaw, Giggs, Morning Subs not used Gareth Thomas, Brett Mbalanda Yellow card Mark Ayres (61) Man of the match Matthew Cross
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