Line up: Harkess, Reece, Noble, Bakhti, Wilkinson, Allen, Davis, Fryatt, Haley, Ryan Noble, Patton, Carr. Subs: Hope, Munro, Stewart, Abeid, Lawrence.
Saturday saw the visit of West Allotment Celtic to New Ferens Park where the visitors were struggling for form in the league.
After the cancellation of the Marske game, the players had waited a long time to try and put the Benfield result behind them and what better way to do this than a victory against West Allotment Celtic in front of the Home Crowd.
Could Ian’s men get a result against a struggling side fighting for their lives in the Ebac Northern First Division?…
So into the action where Durham got the game under way kicking from right to left. The game in the opening stages was a cagey affair with both sides where the majority of the play being played in the midfield.
West Allotment had the first goalscoring opportunity of the game with a ball played down the right hand side where Harkess made a good save to push the ball out for a corner kick.
Durham then began to use their wide men to attack the Allotment full backs with some great runs but no end product, losing the ball on numerous occasions but still Durham pressed playing some one-two passes in the midfield.
On 9 minutes, Durham won a free kick on the Celtic right which was crossed into the box where the header was deflected out for a corner kick to Durham. The resulting corner was cleared out only as far as the edge of the area where Johnny Davis rifled a shot that went over the crossbar to keep the score at 0-0.
This was looking like a difficult afternoon for the hosts who were clearly becoming frustrated.
A ball played by Bakhti to front man Callum Patton ended in a free kick being awarded to Durham for a blatant hold from Celtic’s Jake Kallis on Patton which led to a hand being thrown by the Celtic defender which came to nothing.
DCAFC Vs West Allotment
On 29 minutes, the game major talking point was the awarding of a penalty to West Allotment for a challenge on Reid. In my opinion the Defender clearly won the ball.
Nevertheless, the penalty was converted by Reid to give the visitor’s a 1-0 lead.
Straight from the kick off Durham attacked the visitor’s and rifled a shot over the bar from just outside the area. Durham then had a penalty appeal of their own turned down and this was a more definite penalty than Allotment’s but the official waived away the appeal from the Durham player’s and the bench. The Allotment bench were clearly relieved as they thought it would be given and the expression on the coaches face was evident.
The Second half saw Durham’s first change with Steve Stewart replacing Johnny Davis. The next 45 minutes got underway with sides creating half chances. Durham won a corner which fell to Callum Patton but his goal bound effort was deflected for a corner which came to nothing. Another chance would soon fall to Durham but the shot was sliced in what was guilt edged opportunity to level the game but the score still remained 1-0 to the visitors. Durham then made a double substitution seeing Walid Abeid and Callum Hope replace Luke Carr and Callum Patton.
West Allotment then began to enjoy possession and had a chance at goal to make the score 2-0 but Jordan Harkess made a good save only for Celtic to miss the rebound and put the ball into the side netting. Then Durham went on the offensive and saw a chance saved by Celtic keeper Mullen diving down low to his right to gather the ball.
Celtic then made a couple of changes themselves seeing Fenwick and Allen coming off for Mcglen and Henderson and as the game drew to a close West Allotment got their second goal of the game to all but end Durham’s hope of at least getting a point with a goal from Liam Hudson.
Final score: 2-0 to West Allotment and all 3 points for the visitors.
Stephen Hopper Match Reporter