Evo-Stik First Division North

DICKIE ORD has warned his Durham side to prepare for an aerial assault against Ossett Town – dubbing them the Stoke City of the Evo-Stik First Division North.

DICKIE ORD has warned his Durham side to prepare for an aerial assault against Ossett Town – dubbing them the Stoke City of the Evo-Stik First Division North.

Durham City entertain Ossett at New Ferens Park this afternoon, with the Citizens looking to build on their midweek 2-1 victory at Lancaster City and extend their winning streak to four matches.

But manager Ord says Ossett’s direct style - which he compares to that of Premier League overachievers Stoke - will pose a major challenge for his side.

“Ossett are big, powerful and very direct - in many ways, they are very like Stoke,” said Ord.

“They are dangerous from set-pieces and they have a lad with a throw-in that’s like a javelin.

“One thing we have to do is make sure we don’t concede silly free-kicks around our penalty area. We did it too often against Lancaster and in the end they scored a consolation goal from one of those free-kicks and gave themselves a chance of forcing a draw.

“Ossett will be tough opponents but we have already beaten them once this season and it would be terrific if we can complete the league double over them.”

City’s win at Lancaster on Tuesday night was their fifth win in six league games – a run that has seen them climb to fourth place in the table – and Ord is determined to keep Durham’s momentum going.

He said: “We’re on a great run at the moment and we want to keep it going as long as possible.”

With no fresh injury problems stemming from the midweek game, Ord again has a full squad to pick from today.

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