18 Sep 2019 in News
by James Noble
Second half strikes from Dan Wilson and substitute Morgan Dart saw off Durham City and earned The Star a deserved place in the next round of the Durham Challenge Cup at the Ferguson Motor Repairs Stadium on Tuesday evening.
It was a night where the hosts needed to be patient against the side currently bottom of Northern League Division Two.
The quality of Mark Collingwood’s side would eventually show, but the first-half was a largely even affair.
Both teams could easily have found the net in the goalless opening 45.
Inside the first six minutes alone Michael Chilton saw a goal-bound free-kick deflected wide, Richard Coulson struck the bar with a superb side-footed effort from 20-yards after playing a slick one-two and a goal-line clearance was required to prevent Paul Weldon’s inswinging corner being diverted home.
Ellis Wymer whipped a 25-yard effort over at the other end 15 minutes later, in the midst of a more settled spell within the game, before the contest’s pace picked up again in the minutes before half-time.
Chilton would have almost certainly found the net in the 35th minute had he connected fully with an attempted volley from close-range, while Chris Bannon did brilliantly to keep out Callum Banki’s point-blank effort with his feet moments later after Durham broke quickly.
David Robinson then rifled a 30-yard shot just wide of the right-hand post as Seaham got back on the ball but the visitors had the last real push of the half as Wymer had his header from Dimitri Keni’s corner tipped over by Bannon in the 40th minute before Keni saw a threatening attempt of his own deflected wide in stoppage time.
It seemed these moments of promise for Durham were the shot in the arm the home side required to come out firing after the break. Increasingly, their visitors were forced into their own third as the pressure built.
Chilton poked Robinson’s low delivery just over in the 56th minute and almost bundled a separate opening beyond the increasingly active Curtis Richardson in the 59th.
But Wilson soon ensured his strike-partner’s efforts weren’t in vain when, just before the hour mark, his downward header from Paul Weldon’s corner couldn’t be kept from crossing the line by the goalkeeper.
The goalscorer whistled a right-footed attempt narrowly wide of the far-post from the right-side of the box four minutes later as The Star looked to maintain their momentum, something enhanced by the 66th minute introduction of youngsters Dart and Taylor Richardson.
The former exemplified the energy displayed by both during their respective stints when he raced onto a 75th minute ball in-behind and was only denied an even earlier goal by more good work from goalkeeper Richardson, who palmed his left-footed volley behind.
Both Liam Gillesphey and Wilson were denied brilliantly by the Durham stopper in the following moments but he was well-beaten as Dart put the seal on the victory in the 87th minute.
Taylor Richardson saw a 20-yard effort blocked but the ball fell invitingly to his fellow substitute on the right-side of the box who drilled a sweetly struck right-footed half-volley across the ‘keeper and into the bottom-left corner of the net.
Seaham could have had more through first Richardson and then Coulson in the closing moments but Collingwood likely already viewed the night as a thoroughly satisfying one, with his team in the draw for the next round and heading into the visit of Newton Aycliffe on Saturday in confident mood.
Seaham Red Star (4-3-1-2):
1. Chris Bannon; 2. Scott Young, 4. Matthew Tumilty, 5. Liam Gillesphey, 3. Paul Weldon; 7. Paul Gardiner (Richardson, 66’), 6. David Henderson, 11. Richard Coulson; 10. David Robinson (C); 8. Michael Chilton (Dart, 66’), 9. Dan Wilson
12. Sean McRoberts, 14. Morgan Dart, 15. Taylor Richardson, 16. Matthew Wade, 17. Aaron Stevenson
Manager: Mark Collingwood
Durham City (4-4-2):
1. Curtis Richardson; 5. Jay Nicholson, 4. Thomas Robson, 3. Adam Wilson (YC), 2. Adam Thirlaway; 11. Ellis Wymer, 8. Max Thomas (Dixon, 82’), 7. Dimitri Keni, 6. Callum Banki (YC) (Butler, 46’); 9. Anthony Chapman (C), 10. Joe Collins
12. Liam Butler, 14. Joseph Whelan, 15. Charlie Dixon, 16. Florian Clacion, 17. Dean Brooks
Manager: Billy Harper
Referee: Martin Conroy
Seaham Red Star:
Wilson (60’), Assist: Weldon
Dart (87’), Assist: Taylor Richardson