Durham City AFC will get their first home game under new management underway this upcoming Saturday at Leyburn Grove.
It is safe to say that it has been a very tumultuous time for the club, not just recently but over the last decade. However, in the last two weeks, a lot of hardwork has gone in by various members of the club to try and regain some stability and possibly turn over a new leaf.
Despite only being signed to the team a week ago, having one training session and playing against a Norton & Stockton Ancients side who are fourth in the league, with only two losses, Durham showed a much improved performance despite the 5-0 defeat.
As the cliche goes, it was a tale of two halves and Durham came out much stronger and determined in the second 45, deserving at least a goal for their efforts.
The hope is that the team can build on that performance and take it into their home fixture against Richmond Town this Saturday. We know fans are rightfully guarded and it will take time to earn the trust back, but we hope that we can receive a good turnout for the lads as they try to get of this slump.
The game on Saturday will be a challenge, with Richmond currently sat in 9th position in the league. They have two wins and three losses in their last five games and lost 1-0 to Durham Corinthians this past weekend.
Graham Stephenson who has signed from Durham Corinthians is expected to be in the squad after missing last weekend's defeat, with other players who were unavailable due to the short notice of the fixture likely to be in the squad also.
Brandon Gedziak will miss the game against Richmond through suspension after his two yellow cards against Norton & Stockton.
The lads are back in training later this week on Wednesday, with the potential of new players being signed.