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Season 2003-04
mackems  (a) Premier Reserve League
Wednesday 22nd October 2003, 7pm

Venue: Archibald Stadium, aka New Ferens Park, home of Durham City.

rain, sleet, snow and hail - somebody had angered the Gods....

mackem Reserves

1 - 3 Newcastle United Reserves


58 mins Proctor shot 0-1

58 mins Chopra shot 1-1

58 mins Dabizas header 2-1

Half time: mackems 1 Newcastle 2 

58 mins Orr shot 3-1

Full time: mackems 1 Newcastle 3 

We said

Tommy Craig said:

To follow......

Goalscorer Michael Chopra commented to the Chronicle:

"I was told before the game to expect a lot of tackles flying in, but both teams tried to get the ball down and pass it.

"I didn't think we played well in the first 15 minutes but, once we started to pass the ball about, we got on top. After I scored the first goal, more chances came our way, we had so many attacking players in the team."


On a night of extreme weather conditions at Durham City's Archibalds Stadium, Tommy Craig's men recorded their sixth successive league victory over a less experienced mackem side. 

The evening began badly for the home team, with Sean Thornton being stretchered off after only three minutes the clock, appearing to land awkwardly following a challenge with Robbie Elliott.

The forces of darkness took the lead on six minutes when Caig half-blocked a shot and Michael Proctor reacted quickest to poke it home from inside the six-yard box.

However United hit back on 14 minutes to level things with Michael Chopra's fifth goal of the season in this league. Bjorklund fouled LuaLua to end his mazy run down the left. And when Viana's drifted free kick wasn't cleared, Chopra was on hand to touch it home at the far post with a low shot.

Our dominance of proceedings was confirmed six minutes later, when Nicos Dabizas gave us the lead, ghosting in the back post to convert with a powerful stoopping header from a Viana cross.

However, unlike his celebrations at the stadium of plight a couple of seasons ago, he refrained from running round the pitch bare-chested. It was a bit chilly after all....

Tony Caig was called into action after the break to make one decent save, but the destination of the points was secured just before the hour mark.

A break down the left was initiated by Elliott and then taken on by Lualua, who in found Vian. His nutmeg of the full back then set Bradley Orr clear and he had an easy finish from 10 yards to make it 3-1.

Further goals could have followed with Viana's long range shot, plus efforts from Chopra and Cort, but our fourth win in five away league games this season didn't look in doubt. 

PS - Midfielder Bradley Orr would like us to point out that despite what the Journal said, he's not Scottish. That's unless Hadrian's Wall has been moved to the banks of the Mersey!

Cheers to Willo for the info 


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