DICKY ORD has hailed Durham City’s young guns after the Evo Stik North side overcame Radcliffe Borough.
The Citizens won courtesy of goals from Elliott Cutts and Billy Greulich-Smith, Steve Howson hitting back for the visitors.
And joint-manager Ord - whose side are at Ossett Albion today - said: “We played really well and deserved to win.
“The lads looked really lively and attacked Radcliffe from the off. We probably should have had a few more, their ‘keeper pulled off a few good saves.
“Then when they got one back I was impressed by the way we saw it through because that’s something we haven’t done in the past.
“We’re improving all of the time and starting to show what we’re capable of. Now we have to keep it going.”
City started strongly, with Andrew Stephenson firing over, Chris Copeland forcing a fine save from Nick Culkin, Gary Brown volleying off target and Greulich-Smith clipping the crossbar.
Failure to make the most of their dominant opening might have cost Durham when Reece Kelly went close with a left-foot effort and Craig Flowers lobbed over.
But the hosts would not be so remiss for any longer.
On the stroke of half-time Evan Davis set up Cutts, and the striker chipped over Culkin to hand City the advantage.
Five minutes after the restart Amar Purewal was denied by the outstretched leg of Culkin and Brown narrowly failed to connect at the far post.
A fine save by James Winter maintained his side’s lead just before the hour-mark, the City goalkeeper tipping clear a header by Howson.
Durham extended their lead when Greulich-Smith nodded in from Dan Madden’s centre.
But after Howson reduced the deficit with a strike from distance, City showed admirable defensive resolve to hold on.