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Humberside U18 v Durham

Durham ease into the ESFA quarter finals
Posted by: Geoff

Humberside v Durham

Durham U18s made the long travel to Humberside in the ESFA National Trophy worthwhile by cruising through to the 3rd round with an emphatic 6-1 victory.

Durham started off at an electric pace with their relentless pressing and rapid approach play and strikers Stevie Johnston and Ben Reay created chances for overlapping wide men Taylor Richardson and Mason Hurworth to test the Humberside goalkeeper. Johnson then brought another great save from an under-pressure keeper before he struck the bar with an excellent shot and all within the first ten minutes. Humberside countered very well and their ESFA trialist hit a dangerous cross across the Durham six-yard area but their incoming strikers could not apply the finishing touch. Durham broke immediately from this to open the scoring when Richardson was ideally placed to smash the ball into the back of the Humberside net after a five-man move involving Hurworth, Reay, Harry Doughty and Ryan Bolton. Hurworth increased this lead within a minute when he finished strongly following up on his initial strike. Durham continued to force the play with their rapid, flowing football but were rocked on their heels when Humberside scored from a corner to reduce the gap at 2-1 and remind them that this tie was still there for the taking. A timely well-worked goal restored Durham’s lead just before the half-time break as Hornsby finished strongly following some neat combination play between Hurworth and Reay on the edge of the penalty area.

The second period resumed with Durham restructuring their rearguard to introduce Adam Lennox at full-back and then brought Charlie Hindson and Ellis Creighton into the forward line. They quickly made their mark on the game as Creighton evaded some strong challenges and played in Hindson who cleverly picked his spot in the bottom corner to make it 4-1 and effectively finish the tie. The foundation of this lead was definitely built on the rock solid defence of Bolton, Adam Dovaston, Callum Wilson who were well-marshalled by captain Lewis Green, and they made it increasingly difficult for Humberside to get back into the game. Humberside kept at it, but an absolute thunderbolt from overlapping full back, Bolton from 25 yards screamed into the top far corner to increase their lead beyond reach and the icing was placed on the cake by Joe Lamb when he played in Hurworth who got his second and secured the well-earned victory.

Next game is home to Cumbria in the Northern Counties League on Saturday, 7th December.

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