Durham boss confident of turnaround
Durham City assistant manager Steve Durrant remained positive despite watching his side crash to a 6-0 home defeat against Redcar Athletic.
The visitors took a fourgoal lead into half-time thanks to an own-goal from Thomas Langdon and goals from Gary Wood, Sam Webster and Stuart Browne.
Adam Preston and Sam Calvert found the target in the second-half to round off a miserable day for the Citizens, but Durrant admitted that he still believes they will get better.
He said: “We had a gameplan set out for the game, but it was not put into action on the pitch.
“We have some very good individual players that still haven’t come together as an effective team.
“But we can and we will do better for this club.”
Chester-le-Street Town moved level on points with third-placed Northallerton Town with a 2-1 win over the North Yorkshire side.
The two sides went into half-time on level-terms after Northallerton’s Nicky Martin cancelled out an early opener from Michael Graver.
Dominic Laws fired the Cestrians back in front and they held on to claim the points, despite having midfielder Craig Marron sent off.
Washington fell to a 3-0 home defeat against Crook Town. Phil Calley, Jake Petitjean and Callum Johnston were on target for Crook as they condemned the Mechanics to an eighth consecutive defeat.
Leaders Billingham Town stretched their unbeaten run to 25 league games with a win at Bedlington Terriers.
Town were made to work for the points by their hosts as striker Craig Hutchinson grabbed the only game of the game on 53 minutes to preserve his side’s eight point lead at the top of the table.
Thornaby remain in second place after a 2-0 win at Ryton Crawcrook Albion.
Jonathan Higham hit a hattrick to help Jarrow to a 3-0 home win against Easington Colliery, while Esh Winning won 2-1 against West Allotment Celtic.
New signings Josh Scott and Matthew Pennal found the net in Tow Law Town’s 2-0 win at struggling Brandon United and Willington came from behind to claim the points at Birtley Town.
Billingham Synthonia lost 3-2 against Heaton Stannington.