Durham boss con­fi­dent of turn­around

Sunderland Echo - - Sport -

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.

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