Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Unibond League Division One North

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Unibond League Division One North

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Colwyn Bay......................................0 Durham City ....................................2 DURHAM City rose to the occasion, defeating third-top Colwyn Bay, but their hopes that Newcastle Blue Star would do them a favour against second-placed Skelmersdale United proved unfounded, writes MALCOLM PRATT.

Lee Collings' side still lead UniBond League Division One North but only by a point from Skelmersdale, who have a game in hand. Both sides were tentative early on, reflecting the importance of the game, although Colwyn Bay are also assured of a play-off place.

City claimed the vital breakthrough after 26 minutes with a well-worked attack involving Gavin Cogden, whose pace down the right enabled him to open up the opportunity for Stephen Richardson and he made no mistake firing past goalkeeper Chris Sanna.

Colwyn Bay launched several attacks without causing too many problems for City keeper Craig Turns and 10 minutes into the second half the home side went down to 10 men with the dismissal of Dean Canning for lashing out at Richard Smith.

Worse was to follow for Colwyn Bay, who had goalkeeper Sanna dismissed in the 70th minute for bringing down Cogden in the penalty area.

Substitute Farai Jackson took over and with his first touch of the ball, saved Keith Graydon's spot-kick.

Within seven minutes, however, Durham found the net to just about end the hopes of nine-man Colwyn Bay.

Richardson was this time the provider for Mattie Moffat and the former Northern League player went past his defender before firing into the net.

Newcastle Blue Star .......................0 Skelmersdale United ......................4 ONLY a few weeks ago, Newcastle Blue Star had their eyes set on the championship but now they are not even guaranteed a play-off place in the UniBond League Division One North, writes MALCOLM PRATT. …

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