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English's return inspires City win; EVO-STIK NORTH.

Byline: JEFF BOWRON

THE prodigal son's return saw Durham City record their best win of the season last night - and a rare clean sheet in the Evo-Stik North.

A rampant Durham put five unopposed goals past top-half outfit Lancaster City - and returning fans' favourite Tommy English had a hand in four of the goals.

Popular playmaker English returned to his Durham roots after an unhappy spell at Spennymoor Town and was straight back in the groove.

The former Newcastle United trainee's set plays caused the Dolly Blues problems all night and had City joint boss Lee Collings drooling.

He said: "It was a Tommy English-inspired performance, and after a problem with his registration we only just got the forms completed his time.

"His delivery from freekicks and corners was excellent and everyone, including the fans, is delighted he is back at Durham City.

"It was our best team performance for some time. We could have scored more goals and English was different class."

English set up David Dowson's 12th-minute opener, the former Sunderland striker limping off before half-time.

English then combined with Stephen Thompson for Amar Purewal to make it two, English then hitting the post.

Central defender Ross Wilkinson converted two English corners to double the lead and then Jack Pounder headed home fellow substitute Connor Winter's 87th-minute cross as Durham went nap.

Collings added: "We got it right at both ends for once and it was a great win.

"We now have to keep it going at Cammell Laird on Sa t u r d a y ."
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Feb 16, 2011
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