Braves frustrated by Durham draw

Stephen Little scored late to earn his side a deserved point against Durham City, but Blyth AFC were left frustrated after the 3-3 draw at South Newsham, writes Andrew McDonnell.

Monday, 16th October 2017, 1:16 pm
Updated Tuesday, 12th December 2017, 11:45 am

Sam Norris scored after just 32 seconds to put the hosts ahead, but goals from Sam Steele and Bradley Hird put the visitors ahead at half-time.

Ben Richardson levelled the game just before the hour mark, however, the Citizens went back ahead on 82 minutes through Chris Patterson.

The Braves responded straight away and Little rifled home inside the area, to earn the hosts a point.

Blyth suffered a 1-0 defeat to Darlington RA in their last match, and they produced a reaction by going ahead inside the first minute of the game.

Bobby Taylor puled the ball back across the edge of the area, and Norris stepped up and drilled low, across goal, and into the bottom corner.

David Robinson dug out a cross from the right side, and Gary Day nodded down, wide of the post, but the visitors levelled on 20 minutes.

Alex Dobinson drove inside and played the ball through to Sam Steele, who kept his composure in front of goal. The striker lobbed the ball over the approaching Chris Bannon and into the net.

Durham had the wind in their sails and went on to get a further foothold in the game, Steele’s effort just after the half-hour mark skimmed off the top of the crossbar.

The visitors managed to strike a decisive blow, eight minutes before half-time, as they found a second goal in the game. Dobinson’s through ball was helped on first time by Hird, across goal and into the bottom corner.

Blyth come out after half time with a point to prove, and they did just that by pressing hard for an equaliser from the restart.

Gary Day drove to the left side of the penalty area, and his pull back was steered across goal and inches wide of the post by Kyle Oliver.

David Henderson come on just before the hour mark, and within a minute, he made an instant impact. His pass to Day was helped on first time, and Richardson slotted the ball home.

Hird almost restored Durham’s lead under a minute later, as he guided the ball wide of the post. The visitors did manage to go ahead for the second time in the game, eight minutes from time.

Patterson’s initial shot was blocked brilliantly on the line by Little, but the substitute gathered the rebound and slotted into the bottom corner.

The Braves responded immediately, Richardson’s corner was glanced on by debutant John Parker, and the ball dropped to Little’s feet. The defender lashed home from close range to give the hosts a chance to go and get a winning goal in the final minutes of the game.

Neither side managed to create another opening and the two sides had to settle for a draw,