Chester Le Street 3 Durham City 2 by Jon McDowall
On Tuesday night, The Citizens travelled to Chester Moor Park to take on Chester Le Street in the Mitre Brook Mileson League Cup Group H. The Citizens were hoping for their first win of the group stage after being beaten by Birtley Town a week earlier. Despite the hosts bright start, it was the visitors who took the lead on 13 Minutes. The Referee awarded City a free kick 20 yards out and Callum Banki stepped up and curled the ball around the wall and into the net despite the best efforts of the keeper 0-1. Their lead only lasted 7 Minutes and it was a gift from the Durham keeper. A pass back to him by Thomas Robson was only cleared to Michael Hepplewhite 18 yards out who controlled and smashed it into the net with the keeper no where near to it 1-1. On the half hour mark the hosts took the lead. A terrific cross on the run from the right by Keir McDougall found the unmarked Alexander Walker at the far post who thundered a bullet header past the keeper 2-1. On 41 Minutes The Citizens had half a chance to equalise as Callum Bankis effort on the volley after he had controlled with his chest and thigh whistled just over the bar. They came even closer to equalise right on the stroke of half time as a low cross from the right by Jay Nicholson flashed across the face of the goal which was sliced over his own crossbar by Harrison Scott 2-1 HT. However on 56 Minutes the visitors weren’t to be denied an equaliser as Callum Banki backheeled a knockdown by Max Thomas from a Jay Nicholson corner past the keeper from 6 yards 2-2. Chances were few and far between in the second half as both teams cancelled each other out but it was the hosts who won it on 84 Minutes. A free kick was rolled into Ricky Fenwick who pinned his defender and then rolled him and flashed a shot across goal right footed and into the far corner of the net 3-2 FT. Another battling performance by the Citizens who came up just short again but they hope to put it right on Saturday when they entertain Jarrow at Hall Lane in what will be the first game in charge for the new managers.
Brooks Drummond Whelan Robson Thomas Yrus Kehi Banki McCardle Collins(Dixon) Nicholson Dimitri Kehi