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Durham U18 v Cumbria

Easy win for Durham to go to the top of the table
Posted by: Geoff

Durham U18s continued their good start to the season to maintain their 100% record, go top of the Northern Counties League and break a team and an individual scoring record at the same time.

Although they were rocked on the day by illness to England squad member Ben Reay and their industrious midfielder Harry Doughty they displayed their strength in depth by dominating the game and recording a record-breaking 11-0 victory.

Striker Stevie Johnson put the disappointment of his recent England trial behind him to create a new individual scoring record of six goals in one game.

Durham started with a strong wind at their backs and Taylor Richardson opened the scoring on 7 minutes with a well placed shot after a neat one-two with Joe Lamb from a corner. Johnson then provided a warning of what was to come, forcing the Cumbrian keeper into a one-handed save and thundering a shot against the bar after a good Durham move. Although Durham dominated the possession and the Durham rearguard of Ryan Bolton, Adam Dovaston, Callum Wilson and Lewis Green were used more in attacking roles, it was down to Durham goalkeeper Charlie Lamb to keep them in the game with two important saves from set-pieces. Durham used the ball well and got a lot of service from Mason Hurworth on the right and Joe Lamb on the left but it was not until the 44th minute that Johnson finally got on the scoresheet to give his team the two-goal cushion they deserved with a clinical finish from a one-on-one situation.

Durham faced the strong wind in the second half which actually suited their push and move brand of attacking football. England squad member Matthew Wade came in to the back four, Dylan Quinn joined Johnson up front and Jack Sayers came in to make his debut at left back and they all played a big part in moving the game to a new level. Richardson played in Stefan Hornsby to get the first of his two goals with Lamb and Adam Lennox combining to provide the second assist for Hornsby. Johnson then took centre stage to record a double hat-trick in the final half-hour. He made himself some clever space in the penalty area to place an unstoppable shot in the top corner, scored a well struck penalty, followed up on an excellent strike from Dylan Quinn, kept his cool on a one-on-one with the goalkeeper and completed a good run by the overlapping Bolton by finishing low through a crowded penalty area. In between Johnson’s heroics, Richardson scored his second and Quinn forced a good save from the keeper before hitting the bar with a thunderous strike. Joe Lamb was also keen to get in on the act and rounded the scoring off at 11 before cannoning a long-range effort off the bar.

A word of condolence should go to the depleted Cumbria squad who courageously battled on to the end of the game in the face of a hard-working and in-form Durham squad.

Next game is away to Northumberland in the Northern Counties League on Monday, 16th December.

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