12th August 2014. -
Northern League Div 1
Dunston UTS v Shildon
In the second game of the 2014/15 Season in the EBAC Northern League game, Dunston entertain Shildon, who won their first fixture of the season in good fashion, a 4 - 0 victory at home to Billingham Synthonia. The game between the sides has always been competitive with Shildon getting 4 points last season to Dunstons 1 point, a home draw, both sides have unavailable players but the game still brings plenty of promise.
Shildon startled strong and in the first minute Wood shot from the edge of the box, the ball going across Connells goal and past the post. Dunston built up to the game and on 5 minutes Dan Halliday put in a tantalising cross come shot which went over the keeper hit the back post and into the net for 1 - 0 to Dunston. Shildon came back with a corner from Hudson thatwent across the Dunston goal and was deflected for a corner. Dunston broke immediately from the corner and a Harrison cross was just too strong for Steven Shaw to convert. On 8 minutes Wood again shot from 25 yards but Connell saved easily, two minutes later Halliday fed the ball down the wing to Hodgson who crossed for Bulford under challenge, the ball fell to Shaw whose shot was saved.
Shildon replied and but for a last ditch interception by Gilhespy, Connor would have been clear on goal. from the clearance Dan Wilson won the ball in the air, but his lay off to Shaw was just too strong. Shildon retaliated and Harwood picked the ball up in his own half and advanced past 2 tackles before being fouled by Coulson on the edge of the Dunston box. The free kick taken by Scroggins has deflected over the bar by Connell. After 17, Wood again shot off target wide of the near post. The game was living up to its competitive billing and play flowed from end to end, on 20 Dixon shot from a Halliday free kick into the box was blocked for a corner. The corner taken by Halliday tested Finch at his front post, but he cleared by punching the ball. On 22, Wood for Shildon had a cross deflected for a corner by Gilhespy.
On 27, Bulford played in a right wing cross which beat the advancing forwards and went for a throw, Harrison played in a low cross on 28 which was deflected behind the defensive line into Bulfords run but Finch was alert to collect the ball as Bulford pounced. On 30 Harwood crossed in a free kick which was met by Richardson at the back post who headed just over with Connell beaten, 2 minutes later Bulford received a ball but was adjudged offside as Wilson headed down a Halliday free kick. On 34, Shildon got the equaliser as the ball was played across the Dunston area to the unmarked Hudson on the left, his shot was firm and took a slight deflection past the despairing Connell. Dunston replied with some good approach play as Shaw fed Ormston who crossed but it was just too far for Bulford to convert. On 40, Rea forced a full length save, pushing the ball wide of the target. 4 minutes later Wood fed Moore whose shot was slewed past the far post.
Half Time score 1 - 1
Dunston got the first chance of the second half when Wilson was fouled on the edge of the box, Bulford placed the kick just wide of the posts, but Shildon took the lead on 50 minutes as Wood played a ball into the box and after 3 step overs the ball came to Connor who side footed a shot past Connell and into the net. Scroggins for Shildon was lucky only to receive a caution on 51 minutes as he fouled Hodgson. Two minutes later Dixon headed over from a Harrison cross deep into the box. Another 2 minutes and Steven Shaw made a break from his own 18 yard box which saw him feed the ball to Harrison, he crossed the ball and Jones headed behind to take the pressure off. On 56 a Connell free kick was played to a Ormston who fed Bulford in for a shot which went right across the Shildon goal.
On 58 Richardson was cautioned for kicking out at Hodgsons ankles. On the hour mark Rae held onto the ball on the edge of the box, he released to Hudson who shot wide of the target. 4 minutes later Rae had a shot which Connell saved On 73, the ball fell to Rea whose shot was deflected past the far post for another corner from this corner taken by Hudson which found Jones at the back post and he headed the ball into the net for 3 -1, 3 minutes later Rae picked up on a loose defensive pass and advanced on goal he laid it off to Hudson who shot home for 4 - 1. On 82 Fenwick on as sub for Wilson gots to the byline and pulled a cross in for Bulford to steer home 4 - 2.
On 83, Harrison had a header deflected over bar, from the corner the ball fell to Bulford who hammered in a shot which was charged down for a corner. Dunston had been pressing hard to get another goal and spaces were appearing in defence and in added on time Wood had shot which beat Connell and rebounded back into play off the post, within a minute Harrison put in a cross which was diverted clear by Jones before the referee brought the game to an end
Final Score 2 - 4
Dunston played a much improved game against a better team than last Saturday and although credit goes to Shildon, Dunston were in with a chance to get a result out of the game, with a bit of luck they could have scored more at at a time when Shildon may have faltered. However the game was lost by Shildon taking advantage of a Dunston mistakes and Dunston not scoring at the other end, but it gives the opportunity of room for improvement by the coaching staff.
Dunston Man of the Match: Dan Halliday who scored a goal and gave some promising opportunities to his forward players, narrowly followed by Stephen Harrison. Michael Dixon had a good first half but faded slightly in the second, Bulford was useful up front and deserved his goal. All in all a performance to remember and improve on.
Dunston UTS: Connell, Harrison, Halliday (Shaw (G) 85), Hodgson (Wightman 85), Coulson, Gilhespy, Shaw (S), Dixon, Wilson (Fenwick 71), Bulford, Ormston.
Subs not used: Craggs, Kane.
Subs not used: Craggs, Kane.
Shildon: Finch, Harwood, Richardson, Hudson, Craddock, Jones, Moore, Scroggins, Connor (Garvie 79), Wood, Rea (Greulich -Smith 79). Subs not used: Atkin, Rundell, Emms.
Referees.. David Fitzpatrick, Martin Bunting, Andrew Kitchen.
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Report By T.C