The Durham Reserve Derby is back! As Durham City AFC Reserves get set to take on Durham United FC Reserves in the Washington Aged People Trophy Quarter Final.
This Friday, Cameron Thompson takes his side to New Ferens Park for the second time this season. Thanks to goals from Skipper Alex Gudgeon, Mounir Bousiri and Steven Dawson Seen the Citizens run out 3-0 winners in the league.
Since then the two teams met at Sherburn, also in the league. A late goal saw the citizens maintain there unbeaten record in the Derby’s as Alex Gudgeon rescued the lads a point in a 2-2 draw.
Skipper Alex Gudgeon who has 2 goals in 2 against United had this to say ahead of the game;
“We’ve shown we can beat them in a high pressure game before as we did earlier in the season in arguably our best performance as a team.
This game is all about how we handle the occasion and our lads are up for it more then ever as long as we play the football, We are capable of, we will be into the semi finals. We can then push on into a cup final which we targeted at the start of the year”
The Opponents: 🕵🏻♂
Despite a 3-0 thumping in their own back garden Durham United Reserves could consider their first season in the TWR Wearside League second Division to be successful. So far they’ve played 10 games, winning 4, 3 Draws and 3 defeats.
One player to watch will be the leagues top scorer Cameron Arthur. So far he’s grabbed 13 games in 10 games, collecting two man of the match awards along the way.
Positive News after last weekends Injury Crisis. The returns of Harvey Cronin, Luke Elves, Jac Fleury, Stephen Ord have boosted the squad selection as well as the return of Gisel Gil who is now available after Suspension.
Unfortunately, Nathan Wakefield, Luke Tinkler, Aaron Hinds and Jack Curry, are all still unavailable due to Illness and Prolonged Injuries.
Manager Cameron Thomson had this to say ahead of the Derby
“ We’ve been here before, and showed what we are capable of doing. There’s no change when tomorrow’s game comes around. We are here to put ourselves into the semi Final of the cup and nothing else.
The lads have all been pushing themselves this week to make sure they are in the 18 man squad for Friday. Which has made it hard for myself and my coaching team. Whoever we pick is more than capable of getting the job done and getting us into the semis”
How to watch: 🏟
Head to New Ferens Park this Friday for a 19:45 Kick Off. entry 2 pounds