4s extend unbeaten run
Durham City 2 - Redcar 1
Redcar arrived with a large mixed squad after a strong start to the season placing them 3rd in the league at present. A fairly scrappy opening period, in which J. redman was warned for aggressive tackling (never) and Redcar's centre back was carded for dissent, led to some sustained attacking by Durham but we were unable to take advantage of a sequence of short corners. A combination of over ambitious plays and the standard Hermitage bobble meant that we scarcely had a shot on target from 5 or 6 penalty corners. Inevitably Redcar then went up to our end, were awarded a slightly dubious short corner of their own and proceeded to strike the shot into the centre of the goal. 1-0 at half time certainly did not reflect the balance of play but resulted from us not taking advantage in the final third. It could have been worse but for a Chris Russell sharp save from a rising shot.
Again in the second half Durham dominated possession but attacks tended to break down through careless passing or lack of awareness. One calmly built move did however result in our equaliser as a sequence of passes down the right brought Tony Cuthbert into the circle to place the ball in the bottom left hand corner. ( he says he was actually passing but we know he doesn't do that). As the half went on Durham dominated territory but looked slightly vulnerable to the long ball break away. Mike and John picked up what came their way enabling the midfield to push forward. Several further short corners resulted as Jim, Michael and Jason found gaps in the defence, before Andy Mc hit the target with 4 minutes left and awaiting Whitley Bay players barracking him from the sidelines.
Five games unbeaten; Europe beckons!