Durham City 1 South Shields 3
OUTFOUGHT, outplayed and out of the cup summed up Durham's shock League Cup first round exit at the hands of Arngrove Second Division side South Shields on Tuesday evening.
Despite taking a 17th-minute lead, when Tommy English played a square pass to Calvin Smith, who drilled the ball past Ben Holden 25 yards, City failed to capitalise on their early advantage and the Mariners' superior work rate took them comfortably through to the next round.
After a head injury had forced Jimmy Farrell from the game, Shields drew level in the 38th minute when Stephen Ramsey turned John Mohan, before shooting into an empty net.
Shields went ahead in the 51st minute, when Mark Brocklehurst's effort was parried by Mohan, and Chris Feasey slotted home the rebound following a goalmouth scramble.
The Mariners refused to sit back on their lead, and when Andy Bowes left a long ball, Mark Johnson ran on to slide the ball between the advancing keeper's legs for their third.
Bowes and Stephen both sent efforts wide, before Mohan saved City further embarrassment when he turned Ramsey's shot around the post after he had been set up by Lee Paul Scroggins.
Durham City 1
A SPIRITED performance from City wasn't enough to overcome their unbeaten Unibond Premier Division opponents Guiseley in Saturday's FA Cup First Qualifying Round tie at Washington FC's Albany Park.
City, without suspended goalkeeper, John Mohan and holidaying leading scorers, Jamie Clarke and Keith Graydon, were three goals down within the first hour, but their unstinting efforts put the Leeds side under pressure right until the final whistle.
Against their more illustrious opponents, Durham needed to make a good start, and they received an early warning when Marc Smith headed against a post and Sam Denton's follow-up effort was blocked. City, with keeper Liam Connell making his debut, looked nervous in defence and fell behind in the seventh minute when Dominic Krief sent Connell the wrong way from the spot after Jimmy Farrell had blatantly held Smith's shirt in the penalty area.
Worse was to come in the tenth minute, when Smith headed a deep cross from Krief back into the middle and, while the City defenders slept, the diminutive Leon Henry headed over Connell to give Guiseley a two-goal cushion.
Despite the earlier setbacks, City continued to take the game to the Yorkshiremen and when Calvin Smith let fly from 35 yards Steve Dickinson was relieved to see the ball shave his crossbar.
Farrell tried to make amends for his earlier misdemeanour, but his half volley from the edge of the box was turned over by Dickinson. Steven Richardson and Calvin Smith both had chances to bring City back into the game, but neither troubled the keeper, while at the other end Denton's free-kick flew straight at Connell.
City, with Guiseley happy to sit back and hit on the break, came out strongly after the interval and enjoyed most of the early possession. Wing-backs Capper and Harrison worked the flanks extremely well, and when the former crossed for Farrell, his header drifted wide.
Just when it looked as if Durham might finally force their way into the game, Guiseley scored a third in the 58th minute when Henry found space to set up Krief who inexplicably beat Connell at the near post. City, however, still refused to lie down and they pulled one back in the 68th minute when Dickenson parried a Richardson effort and Harrison smashed home the rebound.
Durham's pressure was clearly unsettling the Guiseley defence at this stage and when Farrell got on to the end of Harrison's cross his header looped over Dickinson before narrowly falling behind the bar. Dickinson then made a superb save from a Richardson header after he'd got on the end of a Tommy English cross. Richardson then spooned one over the bar when it looked easier to score, and when Harrison finally did beat Dickinson, with a low drive from another English cross, John Swift cleared off the line.
The final scoreline somewhat flattered Guiseley who defended in numbers for a large part of the game - but City paid dearly for their early defensive lapses.