Saturday, 27 September 2014

Dunston UTS 1 Spennymoor Town 4

Knocked Out Of FA Cup

27th September 2014

Dunston UTS  1   

Spennymoor 4 

Att.. 538

Dunston UTS entertained Spennymoor from the Evo Stik North First Division in the Second Qualifying Round of the FA Cup with prize money of £4500 going to the victors. Manager Billy Irwin welcomed back Andrew Bulford and Scott Fenwick but was still without long term injury victim Craig Hodgson.

Spennymoor were first to attack and they had Dunston on the back foot with several balls into the box causing problems. It came as no surprise when they took the lead in 5 minutes when Roberts was able to cross into the box and Peacock side footed past a helpless Connell from six yards. This was a boost for the visitors as they forced the home side back into their own half but Coulson and Gilhespy did well to control the dangerous Henderson and Roberts. Dunston managed to force their way back intoi the game and a Bulford cross just eluded the on rushing Burrell. The game was now very even and Burrell saw a fine effort go just over the bar with the keeper beaten.
On 20 minutes Wilson and Burrell produced some fine play and when the cross came in Ormston was desperately unlucky to see his fine volley just clear the bar. Play became very even with Spennymoor still dangerous and Dodds almost made it two but his effort was wide. However disaster struick for Dunston when a Dunston defender lost the ball in his own half and Roberts raced clear to send a cross shot past Connell to put his side two up and leaving Dunston a mountain to climb.

Half Time Dunston UTS 0 Spennymoor 2

The second half began with Dunston attacking and Bulford had a fine shot saved before Burrell fired just wide of the goal. Just as it seemed that Dunston had came out to take the game to Spennymoor disaster struck once again with a defensive blunder. A harmless punt up field was gatehered by a Dunston defender who played the ball back to his keeper. However Henderson had anticipated the back pass and he was left with an easy task of slotting the ball past Connell in the home goal. The tie looked well over for Dunston as the visitors took control but a header from Coulson was just over the bar.

In the 70th minute Bulford threw the home side a lifeline when he controlled the ball before firing a great effort over the visiting keeper and into the net. If Dunston were thinking of a comeback then some appalling defending after 75 minutes allowed Griffiths and Henry to combine for Roberts to head home Griffiths cross. At four goals to one down the game was now over for Dunston. A late flurry from the home side failed to produce any further goals although Fenwick and Bulford went close.

Final Score Dunston UTS 1 Spennymoor Town 4

This was a game where Dunston contributed to their own downfall with some poorv defending gifting Spennymoor three goals. However Spennymoor were the much better team and their work rate when they did not have the ball was top drawer and they had quality when in possession.  Dunston can have no complaints in the result.

Dunston UTS: Connell, Harrison, Coulson, Gilhespy,  Shaw (G)(Craggs), Shaw(S) (Fenwick), Burrell, Dixon, Ormston, Bulford, Wilson (Wightman) Subs not used: Kane, Clark,

Spennymoor: McHugh,Griffiths,Mason,Dodds,Tait,Capper,Stephenson,Henry(Graydon), Henderson, Roberts (Johnson), Peacock (McAndrew) Subs not used: Johnson, Sayer,

MOM Dunston UTS: Luke Gilhespy
MOM Spennymoor: Liam Henderson

Referee, Tony Peart, Assistants.. Liam Hewitt, Neil Howlett.

Report by MJ.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Dunston UTS 2 Consett 1

Wilson brace sets up Dunston Cup Victory...

23rd September 2014,
League Cup Round 1
Dunston UTS 2 (Wilson 2)
Consett 1
Attendance 263

Dunston entertain Consett in the EBAC Northern League Cup First Round tie which sees both sides playing well in the league Dunston in 7th (18 points) and Consett in 11th (15 points) after 8 games played and with games in hand on the teams above them. Recent games between the sides have proved to be competitive although not high scoring.
Consett were beaten 2-0 last Saturday away to Ashington whilst Dunston had a hard earned rest due to Celtic Nation playing in the Cumbrian FA cup game. Dunston will have a full squad except Hodgson who is recovering from a knee injury sustained against Crook Town but as expected some players may be rested for Saturdays big game in the FA Cup.

Dunston started steadily and got a corner in the first minute which was taken by Harrison to the back post where Dixon headed back across goal and Craggs applied a header just over the bar. 2 minutes later Craggs met a ball on the left and shot just wide of far post from 20 yards. Consett won their first corner on 4 minutes and Gray played the ball right across the Dunston goal and safety. On 11 Burrell played through to Wilson who played back to Halliday whose shot was taken by the  Consett goalkeeper Elliott. 3 minutes  later Ormston got a header in from a Craggs cross, then Craggs had a 25 yard shot saved by Elliott. Dunston were winning the midfield battle and creating opportunities restricting Consett to breakaways.
On 24, Guerin-Lakonga was fouled 20 yards out by Coulson, Grey placed the free kick well over the bar. On 25 Wilson broke through the Consett defence advanced into the box and placed a shot wide of the advancing Elliott into the net for 1-0 to Dunston. Consett replied with Moore racing down the right wing only to be matched and marshalled by Halliday for a corner. On 30 Kane crossed and found Craggs on the edge of the box, he was tackled and the ball went out to Dixon whose dipping shot went just over the bar, a minute later Guerin-Lakonga won a corner off Halliday's shins, the corner was cleared by Coulson and then Craggs. On 32, Craggs crossed for Kane but the defender just cleared as he attempted to make contact. Again on 37, Craggs crossed for Kane at the back post, but he was unable to get control of the ball.
On 40 Craggs was fouled 20 yards out by ex. Dunston player Smith, Halliday placed the free kick just over the bar. On 43 Consett applied pressure on the Dunston box, but the defence was holding firm and protected their goal. A minute later Kane broke from his own half and took on the defence only to stumble before he could get his shot in. just before the half time whistle Wilson was played into the box by Kane only to put his shot wide of the near post.

Half Time Score: 1-0

Consett came out in the second half obviously revved up by their half time talk, on 49, Guerin-Lakonga was played in but Gilhespy played it out for a corner, from the corner kick played into the back post Connell failed to clear effectively and Madden knocked the ball into the net from 8 yards for the equaliser. Consett still revved up and spurred on by their goal continued to press Dunston and on 52, Nichols advanced into the box and shot wide of the near post, then on 54 Guerin-Lakonga had a header across goal and past the far post. Dunston came out of their half time slumber on 55 when Craggs played in a shot which rebounded to Wilson 15 yards out, a good shot was firmly hammered, by Wilson, into the Consett net for 2-1 to Dunston.
On 58, Wilson looking for his hat trick had  a flick on a Harrison free kick saved by Elliott. A minute later a Halliday cross was rebounded to himselfp, his second attempt was taken by Elliott out of the air. On 60, Kane and Wilson combined on the right of goal to allow Kane a shot which Elliott deflected wide of the near post. Dunston were back in control as. Consett introduced fresh legs, on 68 Consett rallied and Guerin-Lakonga had an 18 yard shot go wide of the post, before Galloway shot from 35 yards which Connell saved low down. On 69, Guerin -Lakonga had a shot from 40 yards out which went over the bar. Wightman on as sub for Kane  put in across for Burrell header on 70 which was saved by Elliott. On 75, Smith for Consett had a free kick saved by Connell.
The game was being settled to a midfield challenge as both sides vied for attacking positions and on 85 Wilson was played in down the left wing but was just unable to out sprint his marker in his attempt for his third goal. On 86 Wightman headed over a cross from Gary Shaw, before Burrell was fouled in midfield by Grey who was cautioned. As the game approached closure Wightman had a deep cross just go past the far post.

Final Score: Dunston UTS 2  Consett  1

Summary, Dunston maintained control over a good and competitive Consett side, with main difference being the shooting boots of Wilson, Burrell and Dixon battled effectively in midfield and Coulson an. Gilhespy were prominent in keeping the C onset attack at bay. Overall it was a good run out before the FA cup game on Saturday and hopefully no major knocks to the Dunston side.

Dunston Man of Match:  Dan Wilson, his scoring goals and effective control of ball into the Consett half set Dunston up for their win. Dale Burrell in midfield ran a close second for the honour in an overall good team performance.

Dunston UTS: Connell, Harrison, Halliday, Burrell, Coulson, Gilhespy, Kane (Wightman 68), Ormston, Wilson, Dixon, Craggs (Shaw (G) 83).    Subs not used:  Clark, Burns, Preen.
Cautions, Davy Coulson.

Consett: Elliott, Slocombe (Bell 75), Eccles, Chapim (Wright 67), Galloway, Madden, Moore (Sullivan 75), Smith, Guerin-Lakonga, Gray, Nichols.    Subs not used: Bowey, Mackay.

Next game, Dunston are at home to Spennymoor on Saturday 27 September 2014 in the FA Cup Second Qualifying Round. 3:00 pm kick off.

Referee, R. Welch.
Assistants, S. Dail, S. Beresford.

Tonights Other Results..

ENL Division One..
Marske 3 North Shields 2
Whitley Bay 3 Ashington 4

Brooks Mileson Northern League Cup first round
Billingham Town 1 Team Northumbria 4
Celtic Nation 1 Sunderland RCA 4
Durham City 1  Ryton and Crawcrook 2 
Hebburn 3 Chester-le-Street 2
Jarrow Roofing 1 Alnwick 0,
Ryhope CW 4 Northallerton 1
Tow Law 1  Brandon 0,
West Auckland 3 Esh Winning 0

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Dunston UTS 2 Marske United 0

Dunston Cup victory over competitive Marske

FA Cup 1QR Replay
16th September 2014
Dunston UTS 2
Marske United 0

Dunston entertain their fellow EBAC Northern League side Marske for the replay of the FA Cup First Qualifying Round after both sides played in a competitive match last Saturday. As before last Saturdays games both sides were playing well in the league and their cup matches and both are are on long unbeaten spells in their fixtures. In the previous round Dunston beat Durham City, a fellow Northern League team and Marske beat Armthorpe.
The winners of tonight's game will play ex Northern league side Spennymoor  as per the draw on Monday morning. Tonight's game promises to be good one after the competitive game last Saturday which saw Marske take a deserved lead with a wonder strike, only to see Dunston reply with 2 goals in 3 minutes and then just on half time another wonder strike from an Owens free kick saw Marske equalise. The second half went without either team scoring but Dunston had to use all their resolve after Halliday was sent of for two cautions. Manager Billy Irwin is without the injured Craig Hodgson but Jonny Wightman is available giving him a strong squad to select from. 

Marske had to bring in ex Dunston keeper as a late replacement for Dean who injured his elbow in the warm up, otherwise it was the same teams for both sides that started on Saturday to resume the challenge.

Dunston got the first opportunity on 3 minutes as Andy Bulford tried a  35 yard lob shot, which forced goal keeper Molyneux to back pedal 10 yards, as it just went over the bar. A minute later MacDonald tried a cross which went wide of the far post. On 7, Fenwick headed a ball square to Bulford who shot across the Marske box. The game was proving again to be a midfield battle as both sides vied for supremacy. Marske appeared to be getting the upper hand in the opening stages but Dunston were fighting all the way and their defence looked up for it.
On 12 Hillerby for Marske had a 30 yard shot which went wide. Gott for Marske released a shot on 20 minutes, which hit the post and rebounded into play and was cleared. On 25 Gott had a free kick which was just wide of the near post. On 28 Fenwick found himself with an opportunity on the edge of the box after a bit of indecision in the Marske defence, his shot was deflected for a corner From the corner by Harrison, Coulsons header was cleared off the line to Bulford who shot past the far post. A minute later Fenwick won a challenge  but shot wide of the far post. Another minute later Dunston put pressure on the Marske defence as Bulford put in a cross which went through to Harrison, his cross got back to Halliday who crossed, again the ball went through the box to Burrell who crossed again this time it was cleared by the thankful Marske defence.

Within a minute Fenwick was back with a shot which was well saved by Molyneux, pushing it round the post. Marske recovered and Kelly headed over the bar from a Gott cross. On 39, MacDonald was cautioned for a foul on the touch line on Bulford, from the free kick was taken by Halliday into a packed Marske goal area and after contact by Coulson the ball went into the bottom corner of the net. Dunston 1 - 0 up after 40 minutes. Marske trying hard to recover had a chance when Owens shot over the bar from 25 yards on 44 minutes, the last chance before half time saw Halliday put in a cross which Molyneux collected to relieve the pressure.

Half Time Score: 1-0

Marske came out in the second half roaring to go against the Dunston defence in a defiant mood, with Coulson standing out and he was ably supported by Gilhespy. On 50 minutes Johnston put in a low shot which went wide. 2 minutes later the Marske defence failed to clear and a miss hit clearance went up in the air giving Fenwick the opportunity to challenge Molyneux in the six yard box, Fenwick won but his header went wide of the goal, a minute later Shaw and Fenwick combined to give Fenwick a shot which Molyneux saved low down. On 55 Halliday and Ormston combined, Halliday crossed and the ball was cleared by the defence. Dunston now were on top of the game and were hunting for the second goal, on 64, Fenwick turned on the edge of the box and was tripped by Myers, the free kick from Bulford was blasted over the bar.
On 67 Woodhouse had a shot which was blocked by Connell and collected the rebound to ensure safety. Dunston replied with a Bulford chip which Molyneux collected, from the clearance Dunston replied with a cross which was met by Burrell's header which was wide of the target. After 70 Steven Shaw collected the ball and raced into the box before unleashing a shot which Molyneux saved well. On 77, Halliday put a long throw into the box, Coulson back headed the ball just wide of the far post right across the goal. Still hunting for the second goal Dunston continued to apply pressure on the Marske goal and on 79 minutes they got their reward as Halliday played in a low cross and Fenwick applied the side footed shot into the net from 6 yards out, 2-0 to Dunston.

On 83, Harrison supplied a cross for Dixon, who had been a stalwart in midfield, to apply a header which was deflected wide of the goal, from the corner by Gary Shaw, Coulson again applied the header which was wide of the target. Wilson on as a substitute for Fenwick was causing the Marske defence new problems and on 85 he received a ball from Ormston which was dispatched only just wide of the far post. The game continued with Dunston in control of a Marske side which continued to try to break down the Dunston defence to no avail.

Final Score: Dunston 2 Marske United  0

After a shaky 25 minutes were Marske were in the dominance Dunston took control of the game and deserved their victory with 2 goals which came from the continuous barrage of crosses into the Marske area. The Marske defence were not quite as solid as last Saturday and could not cope with the crosses effectively. The midfield battle for supremacy was continual but on the night Dunstons forwards were getting the better flow of opportunities and took their chances to beat a good and competitive Marske side. Dunston on the night produced a good team performance and deserved their victory and go on to meet the old foe Spennymoor at home on 27 September. 

Dunston Man of Match: David Coulson, stood out as a giant and with the support of Luke Gilhespy they contained the Marske forwards who were stifled all night and rarely troubled Connell in the Dunston goal. Overall it was a good team performance and all players contributed to a good victory.

Dunston UTS: Connell, Harrison, Halliday, Burrell, Coulson, Gilhespy, Shaw(S), Dixon, Fenwick (Wilson 82), Bulford (Shaw (G) 75), Ormston (Kane 85). Subs not used:  Burns, Craggs, Wightman, Clark.

Marske United:  Molyneux, Hillerby (Butterworth 68), O'Sullivan, Johnston, Myers, Hollingsworth, Macdonald (Crossen 72), Gott, Woodhouse, Owens, Kelly (Riley 59). Subs not used: Melvin, Johnson, Gamble

Next game is at home to Consett on Tuesday 23 September 2014 in the League Cup

Referee. M. McDonough,
Assistants.. J. Urwin, D. Carr.

Tonight's Results..

FA Cup first qualifying round replays
Blyth 3 Darlington 0
Scarborough Athletic 1 Ashington 0

EBAC Northern League Division One
Bishop Auckland 0 Penrith 2
Consett 4 Celtic Nation 0
Jarrow Roofing 0 North Shields 2 
West Auckland 6 Whitley Bay 3

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Marske United 2 Dunston UTS 2

Connell contributes towards a competitive draw in cup

13 September 2014. 
FA Cup First Qualifying Round
Marske United  2 
Dunston UTS 2
Attendance 281

Dunston are on their travels down the North Eastern coast to fellow EBAC Northern League side Marske for both sides third games encounters in the 2014/15 FA Cup season. Dunston teams beat Durham City, a fellow Northern League team and Marske beat Armthorpe in the previous round and both sides have started their  league season in a winning fashion, Marske are currently unbeaten with 16 points from 6 games while Dunston have 18 points from 8 games having started the season with defeats at home to Marske 3 - 1 and Shildon 4 - 2, in their first two games but since then they have won 8 games in a row and are currently in first position in the league with Marske in 3rd place.

Today's game promises to be a competitive game especially if Dunston carry their current winning form and produce a performance like their last game against  recent league leaders Bedlington Terriers. Manager Billy Irwin is without the injured Craig Hodgson  and Jonny Wightman who is unavailable due to other commitments but otherwise has a good squad of players available for selection. 

Marske started strongly and and on 3 minutes Owens failed to capitalise on some indecision in the Dunston defence as he dribbled in the box and shot wide. a minute later  a Gott corner was headed back across the Dunston goal and wide. On 6 Dunston attacked with Dan Halliday cross being played in but it was too high for the forwards to connect. 2 minutes later another cross from Halliday was just too high for Bulford to direct on target. On 10, Steven Shaw played in to the area  causing confusion as Fenwick challenged, but his prodded shot went over the bar.
A minute later Burrell won the ball in midfield, advancing, with the ball too the edge of the box he released a shot which Dean saved. On 13, Fenwick was played into the box, just as Bulford was fouled, the referee played advantage, but under challenge from Hollingsworth he lost possession before he could shoot. Marske were very competitive in midfield and up front, putting the Dunston defence to be on their toes. On 15 MacDonald picked up a loose ball and shot wide. On 18, Kelly crossed and MacDonald header was palmed over the bar by Connell. A minute later Owens had a shot blocked by Gihespy.
On 21, Marske took the lead as Hollingsworth picked up a clearance by Gilhespy from a corner and unleashed a shot into the top left corner of the Dunston net as Connell bravely collided with the post trying to save. 1-0 to Marske. On 23,  a cross from Bulford, was met by Shaw but the header went wide of the near post. On 25, a Harrison free kick into the area was cleared, a minute later, a Bulford cross from the left went right across the Marske goal, another minute later Burrell had a dipping shot from 20 yards which went just over the bar. After 35 Bulford had a shot from 30 yards go over the bar and on 37, Fenwick turned in the box but the ball was cleared for a corner before he shot.
Dunston got their equaliser from that corner taken by Stephen Harrison, the corner was played into the top far corner of the net past a disillusioned defence. 1 - 1 the score but not for long as Fenwick turned again with the ball and proceeded into the box before he was fouled from behind, Fenwick got up and sent the kick past Dean who dived the wrong way, 2 - 1 to Dunston after 39 minutes. On 41 a Harrison free kick was deflected wide for a corner, the Dan Halliday corner was punched clear by Dean.
On 43, Dan Halliday received a soft booking for use of his arms when challenging MacDonald. Gott fired the free kick low past the wall and the near post. In time added on for the Connell injury, the referee awarded a soft free kick by Gilhespy against Owens who went down as though he had been shot on the edge of the area. Owens took the kick and fired an unstoppable shot into the top right hand of the net for the equaliser. 

Half Time Score: 2 - 2

Marske started the second half again on top and when Connell failed to clear a ball outside his box, the ball fell to Owens who this time shot wide of the goal. Two minutes later a Harrison free kick into the area was met by Dixon but he was unable to direct it on target. On 53, Johnston had a go at dribbling past the Dunston defence, but Harrison cleared for a throw in. A minute later Woodhouse forced a save from Connell, Dunston replied with Bulford holding the ball up well only to be fouled by Myers, from the free kick Burrell headed wide. On 59, Ormston played Shaw down the right wing but his looping cross went over the bar. On 64, Owens for Marske put in a cross which was cleared to Johnston whose shot from 25 yards went over the bar.
The game got more competitive and a bit scrappy with some mistakes and on 74 a rash challenge by Halliday on MacDonald on the wing was given a second caution and he was sent off. On 74 Johnston had a shot saved by Connell, four minutes later another Harrison free kick was met by Coulson but the header was saved. Dunston buckled down as Marske pushed forward with the advantage of the extra man, but it was not until the 86 minute when a Woodhouse  header was saved by Connell.
Dunston replied as Burrell passed to Bulford only for the shot to go wide. Marske pushed on again, on 88, Gott had a 30 yard shot saved by Connell and in injury time Woodhouse had a shot blocked and from the rebound Owens also had a shot blocked and cleared. In the third minute of added on time a Harrison corner was punched clear by Dean. Just before the referees final whistle after 5 minutes added time, Owens got a shot on target from 12 yards and Connell again pulled off a fantastic save. 

Final Score: Marske Utd 2  Dunston  UTS 2 

In summary this was a good competitive game between two sides who wanted to win this game, spoilt by some poor refereeing decisions, the game swung from end to end with some good chances created at both ends, there were three good goals well taken and entering the nets at impossible positions to prevent them. After the sending off Dunston were under extreme pressure but held on to earn a good draw with some courageous blocking and saves from Connell

Dunston Man of the Match: Liam Connell apart from one error at the beginning of the second half had a tremendous game with some very good saves which kept his side still in the cup and worthy of another opportunity on Tuesday 16 September 2014 with a 7:30 ko at Dunston UTS Stadium.

Marske United:  Dean, Hillerby (Melvin 86), O'Sullivan, Johnston, Myers, Hollingsworth, Macdonald, Gott, Woodhouse, Owens, Kelly. Subs not used: Riley,  Butterworth, Johnson, Gamble, Crossan.

Dunston UTS: Connell, Harrison, Halliday, Burrell, Coulson, Gilhespy, Shaw(S), Dixon, Fenwick (Shaw (G) 75), Bulford, Ormston (Kane 80). Subs not used:  Preen, Craggs, Burns, Wilson, Clark.

Next game is at home to Marske United on Tuesday 16 September 2014 in the replay.

Results :-
Saturday September 13th

FA Cup first qualifying round
Ashington 2 Scarborough Athletic 2 (replay Tuesday)
Bishop Auckland 2  Spennymoor Town 3
Newcastle Benfield 3 Bridlington Town 1
Shildon 1 Whitby Town 1 (replay Wednesday)
West Allotment 0 Lancaster City 5
Workington 2 Consett 0

EBAC Northern League Division One
Billingham Synthonia 3 Whitley Bay 5
Celtic Nation 3 Newton Aycliffe 2
Crook Town 2 Bedlington 6
Guisborough 4 Sunderland RCA 1
Jarrow Roofing 1 Morpeth 3
Penrith 0 Durham City 2
West Auckland 2 North Shields 0

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Dunston UTS 1 Bedlington Terriers 0

Dunston go top with seasons best performance

9th September 2014
Northern League
Dunston UTS 1 (Bulford)
Bedlington Terriers 0
Att.. 273

Dunston entertain Bedlington Terriers at the Dunston UTS Stadium for Dunstons sixth home game in eight league games. Bedlington have had a good start to their season having amassed 16 points from their 9 games played and are currently in top position one point and one place above Dunston with Dunston having 2 games in hand.

So this is An early season top of the league clash between 2 teams who have historic backgrounds in their portfolio although in recent seasons Bedlington have not been competing for top of the league platings. In Dunston last game the successfully defeated Bishop Auckland, by 1-0, one of the potential challengers for the league with a team missing first choice players and the squad was reorganised appropriately. Tonight's game promises to be competitive and manager Billy Irwin has at least Jonny Wightman, Steven Shaw and Danny Craggs are back to bolster his squad in preperation for this game and in his planning for Saturdays FA Cup tie at Marske.

Bedlington started the game from the kick off  with Nellis dribbling through to the Dunston defence, but was blocked before being able to shoot. Dunston steadily got into the game and on 6 minutes Bulford played the ball wide to Gary Shaw, Shaw fed Burrell who again played in Shaw on the wing, Shaws cross was low and across the 6 yard box but no attackers could pounce.
Dunston were getting the dominance in midfield,but Bedlington were still creating breakaways and on 13, Blandford had a 35 yard blast over the cross bar, Dunston replied with Halliday playing into Bulford on the edge of the box, Bulford turned his man and shot wide. On 16, Steven Shaw on the right wing travelled 40 yards, beat his man and put in a cross which was met by Burrell, his header was palmed against the post and back into McCaffertys arms. On 19 Halliday advanced on the Terriers defence played the ball out to Gary Shaw who again crossed deep but no Dunston attackers were able to get a final touch and was cleared.
On 25, Gary Shaw  was fed down the left and his pull back to Halliday gave him room to cross but Bulford was deemed offside. Bedlington were being limited to odd breaks but being thwarted by the strong Dunston defence and midfield and on 27 Harvey had a 35 yard attempt which went wide. Dunston were commanding midfield and spraying the ball around searching for chances against a strong Terrier defence. On 31, Blandford sent a dipping 35 yard free kick just over the bar. 3 minutes later Burrell took a free kick which was blocked, the rebound fell to Gary Shaw whose volley went wide.
On 39 minutes Burrell switched play from left to right in midfield feeding Harrison on the right wing, he in turn played on to Steven Shaw whose cross was met by Bulford in the area with a volley that went into the ground and then into the net giving Dunston a 1-0 lead. Bedlington immediately responded and got the ball into the box but the shot went wide. Dunston regained control of play in midfield up to half time.

 Half Time score  1 - 0

Dunston started well in the second half and on 46 Bulford received a ball from Halliday but his shot was blocked, on 48 Steven Shaw picked up a rebounded clearance and his shot from 20 yards was deflected just over the bar, 3 minutes later Shaw again got a cross into the area and and a puzzled defender inadvertantly back heeled the ball to the safety of McCaffertys arms. Bedlington replied with Williamson getting a 20 yard shot in which Connell handled easily.
Dunston were again controlling midfield and applying pressure on the Bedlington defence and on 65, Steven Shaw crossed and Bulford shot just over the bar, 2 minutes later, Halliday slung in a cross intended for Steven Shaw but McCafferty collected well. On 69 Gary Shaw played into Bulford  whose 25 yard shot was saved, 2 minutes later Bulford received a pass from Steven Shaw, which he returned and Shaw dribbled into the area but his shot was partly blocked and saved.
On 73 Bedligton had a breakaway attack but the Dunston defence was bolstered by the returning midfield to handle the issue and clear their area. On 78, a Gary Shaw free kick into the back post was met by Coulson whose header was saved, 2 minutes later Bulford turned in the area and his snap shot went wide across the goal. Dunston replaced Bulford with Fenwick on 83 and with his first touch Fenwick unleashed a shot that thudded off the bottom of the post.
As the game  approached the final minutes Bedlington were trying for their final push and sub Keelan Nellis had a shot which Connell blocked then pounced on to save, within the final minutes Ellison for Bedlington had 2 attempts, one a 35 harder just over the bar and the other a low shot which Connell saved at the second attempt. Dunston then managed to survive further problems until the final whistle

Final Score  Dunston     1.  Bedlington Terriers  0

Dunston showed true grit and brilliant controlled play to beat an organised and committed Bedlington side. In this game Dunston were the terriers, when ever they lost the ball they were chasing back to successfully defend their area. The Dunston control in midfield has set the very high standard required to maintain their current top of the league position.

Dunston Man of the Match: Steven Shaw for his performance on the right side of midfield both in attack and defending, Stevens display showed the Dunston attitude in that this was a game they were not about to lose. A great team performance as the defence held strong and up front Andy Bulford was providing the outlet and the shots up front, matched by a grafting and probing midfield. 

Dunston UTS: Connell, Harrison, Halliday, Ormston,Coulson, Gilhespy,  Shaw (S), Burrell, Dixon, Bulford (Fenwick 82), Shaw (G) (Wightman 87).      Subs not used: Kane, Craggs, Burns.

Bedlington Terriers:  McCafferty, Harvey, Walker, Davison (Ellison 81), Harmison, Dobson, Blandford, Morton (C), (Winter 81), Young ( Nellis (K) 70), Nellis (J), Williamson.   Subs not used: Morton (K), Scott

Referee, M. Gillespie, Assistants, S. Bulmer, C. Patterson.
Next game is away to Marske in the FA Cup First Round Qualifier on Saturday 13th September 2014

Tonight's League Results..
Ashington 3 Billingham Synthonia 1
Celtic Nation 2 West Auckland 3,
Durham City 2 Newcastle Benfield 1
Whitley Bay 2 Sunderland RCA 1

Saturday, 6 September 2014

Dunston UTS 1 B. Auckland 0

Bishop edged by Improved Dunston Blues Performance

6th September 2014
Northern League Div 1

Dunston UTS 1 (G. Shaw)
Bishop Auckland 0
Attendance 306

Dunston entertain Bishop Auckland at the Dunston UTS Stadium for Dunstons fifth home game in seven league games. Bishops  have had an 4 match victorious start to their season but have been held to 2 draws in the FA cup before progressing with victories in the replays. Both teams have  12 points and currently stand at fourth and fifth in the league with Bishops having a better goal difference. Dunston managed to scrape home victorious in their last league game away to Crook Town with a display that gave Crook several chances to win despite them only having 10 men for almost half of the game.
Dunston, although happy with the win were unhappy to pick up at least two injuries, manager Billy Irwin will be looking for an improved performance from his side today. Dunston are without Hodgson and Bulford, injured in the last game and Steven Shaw wedding, Craggs who is away again and Wightman is unavailable due to cricket commitments leaving the manager with a limited squad.

Dunston started well and for the first 2 minutes Bishops did not get a touch as Dunston sprayed the ball across the field it ended with Wilson lay off to Burrell who shot wide, Bishops worked their way into the game and on 4 minutes Thompson found himself clear in front of goal  8 yards out but Connell did well to save. 2 minutes later Wilson chased down a long ball and crossed but Pocklington collected. On 8 minutes, Burrell played a low cross into Kane at the back post but the all was deflected back to Pocklington. After 14, Gary Shaw had a shot from 35 yards deflected off target for a corner, from Hallidays corner, Coulson headed wide. Bishop replied as Brunskill shot from 20 yards but Connell got behind it and saved.
On 22 Nicholson advanced from defence and his shot went just past the far post. A minute later Brunskill on the edge of the box played a ball in but Halliday was alert and cleared the Dunston area. On 30, Ormston played Kane into the box, his lay off to Gary Shaw was just too strong and went out of play. On 32, Thompson crossed to Butler at the far post, the attentive Coulson just managed to head the ball clear for a corner. 3 minutes later Lawson headed towards goal and Gary Shaw was on hand to clear from the Dunston goal line. On 36, Wilson won a ball in the box and his shot was just wide of the near post, a minute later Ormston fed Shaw on the left and his cross went clear across the Bishops goal, another minute saw Wilson have a shot saved from 18 yards out.
On 40, a Harrison free kick into the box evaded both Dixon and Wilson who failed to make contact in front of goal. A minute later Thompson fed Nicholson for Bishops on the right wing he advanced and his shot went right across the Dunston goal, this was followed by a Burrell shot from 40 yards which went clear of the target before the half time whistle. 

Half Time score  0-0

Bishops started well in the second half and Tarling had a shot on target blocked, a minute later Wilson collected a deflected shot by Shaw only for Pocklington to recover and save the shot. Bishops replied with Brunskill having a shot/ cross right across the Dunston goal. On 52, a Halliday cross was met by Harrison whose shot was deflected for a corner, a minute later Burrell played a ball in for Dixon only for a defender to clear for a corner. On 55, Kane, fed Burrell and his side step created an opportunity which was saved.
Bishops returned with Lane shooting over the ball after he picked up a loose clearance. On 70, Bishops looked to have created the opening goal as Butler rounded Connell only for Harrison to recover, block the shot and clear the Dunston goal area. 3 minutes later Gary Shaw beat his man and shot, Pocklington parried the shot and his defence cleared the lines. On 76 Dunston had several attempts on goal with no joy except when Dixon was free in front of goal and his shot was somehow parried by Pockington  only for the ball to fall to Gary Shaw who side footed home from 4 yards and it was 1-0 to Dunston.
Play continued to be a mid-field battle but the Dunston defence was holding firm with Gilhespy and Coulson containing the Bishops forwards. On 87, Burrell was cautioned for a sliding challenge and then on 90 minutes Tarling for Bishops was cautioned for a foul on Coulson. Dunston kept going to the final whistle and broke away with Burrell, as he released a pass onto Kane, the full back Mathewman scythed him down, the referee played advantage and Kane crossed from the right wing but the ball evaded the on rushing forwards and was cleared down field for another Bishops attack which was thwarted by Coulson who cleared out of play, Only then did the referee caution Mathewman for his dangerous foul play, a minute later the game was ended with Dunston the victors 

Final Score  Dunston 1. Bishop Auckland 0

In a very competitive game both sides were very positive and moving the ball well through midfield with both defences  having to be on their toes. Both teams played well and had opportunities to score in periods of the game and it was hard to believe that neither side had scored. it was however a very even first half and Bishops appeared to be getting on top after the break, but Dunston were not in for lying down and their efforts were rewarded with the goal after a barrage of shots.
Once ahead Dunston held, deservedly, onto their lead despite the attempts by Bishops. All in all it was a very good game for the spectators and a creditable Dunston performance to move them into second place in the league behind the visitors to the UTS stadium on Tuesday night. 

Dunston Man of the Match: David Coulson - today David was a giant in defence alongside Luke Gilhespy, Davids controlled release of the ball following broken up Bishops attacks were numerous and constructive in setting the midfielders to create opportunities at the opposite end. This was a very good team performance in a game which was a credit to both sides. Other main contenders for Dunston included Dan Wilson, Dale Burrell and Gary Shaw.

Dunston UTS: Connell, Harrison, Halliday, Ormston,Coulson, Gilhespy, Kane, Burrell, Wilson (Fenwick 65),
Dixon (Cpt), Shaw (G). Subs not used: Clark, Burns, Preen.

Bishop Auckland: Pocklington, Nicholson, Brown (Mathewman 83), Lawson, Woods, Tarling, Thompson (Sakr 78), Megran, Butler, Brunskill ( Hotchkiss 60), Lane,  Subs not used: Dodds, Peel.

Referee :- C. Felton, Assistants, T. Chambers, R. Anderson.

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Next game:- League, Dunston UTS v Bedlington Terriers, 9th September, Kick off 7:30pm

Todays League Results...
Ashington 0 Morpeth Town 2 
Crook Town 0 Billingham Synthonia 7
Durham City 2  Bedlington 3 
Guisborough 5 West Auckland 6
Shildon 2 Newcastle Benfield 1
Whitley Bay 3 Celtic Nation 0

Friday, 5 September 2014

Crook Town 1 Dunston UTS 3

Dunston scrape home ...

3rd September 2014
Northern League
Crook Town 1
Dunston UTS 3 (Bulford, Burrell, Fenwick)

Dunston travelled for their second away league fixture against Crook Town in the EBAC Northern League Division 1 fixture with 5 victories in their previous games FA Cup (2) and in the league (3) most recently against West Auckland 2-1.
Crook have had a poor start to the season and only have 2 draws to show for their efforts this season and lost to Shildon in the FA Cup. Dunston whose side were involved in a charity game on Sunday is without Craggs, but otherwise virtually at full strength with Dan Wilson and Steven Shaw, recovered from injuries, able to take places on the bench.

Dunston started well winning a corner as Bulford was fed in by Burrell, Bulford cross was turned out, from the corner taken by Halliday played into back post and Coulson put it the wrong side of the post. Aminute later Bulford won another corner, this time Coulson could not turn Burrell's corner kick on target. In the 9th minute Crook got their first break as Pinkney crossed but Connell collected, 3 minutes later Thexford was played in by Brazauskas, his poked shot beat Connell and hit the far post where Haliday cleared under pressure from Blackburn a let off for Dunston.
A minute later The ball was played in for Thexford but he could not stretch long enough to direct his shot. On 18, Halliday crossed and Fenwick pushed in the area while gaining possession, on 19, Fenwick had a shot from the edge of the box and the keeper parried the ball to a defender who cleared. A minute later Thexford chased a long ball and got clear, but Coulson recovered the situation and cleared. On 22, Halliday fed Fenwick on the left wing, his cross however evaded the attackers. 2 minutes later Blackburn put in across which Burrell headed clear. On 25, a Halliday corner went to AB and the return  ball saw Halliday put in across to the back post which evaded all and went out of play.
On 29 Bulford played in Fenwick on the left, his approach went into the box and his shot was deflected for a corner. Burrell's corner was met by Bulford, and his pass to Hodgson was flicked wide of the target. On 31, Halliday played in Bulford whose cross was deflected for a corner. A minute later, a Burrell corner to the back post was failed to be cleared under pressure from Coulson, the ball fell to Fenwick who prodded home from 1 yard out 1-0 to Dunston. crook rallied and Brazauskas put in across which Connell and Halliday watched go wide. From the restart, Ormston crossed to Fenwick in the clear but Graham in the Crook nets reacted well and collected.
A minute later, Halliday and Fenwick combined but Halliday cross was too long. On 38, Dunston should have gone 2 up as Fenwick chased a long ball clearance, his advance drew the keeper, but his pass to Bulford was behind him and Bulfords  turned attempt was saved by Graham. 2 minutes later, Fenwick shot over from 20 yards and just before half time Bulford had a shot saved from 25 yards after being fed through by Halliday.

Half Time Score: 0 - 1

The second half started with Dunston again forcing play and as Hodgson advanced on 46 minutes Greenwell lunged in to a tackle connecting with his right leg and was immediately sent off, Hodgson was dispatched to hospital and replaced by Steven Shaw, Crook also replaced Pinkney with Clarke to shore up their defence. After a delay of 5 minutes, Bulford placed the free kick wide of the goal. On 57, a Kane cross to Fenwick at the back post whose shot was saved by Graham. Dunston with the extra man were pressing for another goal but Crook were still dangerous on the break, on 59, Ormstons header was saved after adeft Bulford chip to the back post. A minute later, Burrell crossed and a Coulson header was from 15 yards went wide.
On 65, Dixon Ormston and Shaw combined for a Shaw shot which was parried by the goalkeeper to Fenwick who headed home but was said to be offside. On 67, A poor clearance was picked up by Brazauskas but his shot was saved by Connell, On 70 Brazauskas and Blackburn combined and Brazauskas placed a shot inside the back post for the equaliser. On 73 Shaw chased almost cause to the byline and pulled back across to Fenwick whose volley went wide. On 75, Fenwick was played clear through by Burrell but the alert Graham was there to save as Fenwick tried to round him.
On 81 Dixon hit the post from a Bulford cross from 3 yards out, and then Bulford shot was saved, after Gilhespy played him through. Bulford again minutes later had a volley deflected by a defender, from a Wrightson cross was headed to Shaw, Bulford again shot but the advancing keeper saved. On 88 Burrell's shot was beaten away by Graham. in added on time the Dunston assault built up and Coulson shot was blocked from a Burrell corner. Crook were awarded a free kick from 20 yards but the wall  did it's job.
A long clearance from Burrell to Bulford, saw Bulford lose his marker  and place the ball past Graham for 2-1. Deep into added on time another ball in behind the Crook defence was chased by Wilson and Shaw, Wilson was pushed in the box in his attempts and a penalty was awarded, Burrell stepped up to shot home and 3-1 to Dunston. 

Full Time Score: 1 -  3

Dunston Man of the Match: Dan Halliday, after Saturday team performance tonight's game was a series of misplaced passes and challenges which gave Crook opportunities to score, however Dan Halliday was consistently involved both in defence and attacking moves creating opportunities for Fenwick and Bulford. andy Bulford was our most prominent forward and deserved his goal, despite carrying an injury for the last 15 minutes immediately after the Wilson substitution.

Crook Town:   Graham, Lovegreen, Mitchell, Cocks, Greenwell, Renshaw, Blackburn, Holbrook, Thexton (Armstrong 76),  Pinkney (Clarke 51), Brazauskas. Subs not used: Wells, Harrison, 

Dunston UTS:- Connell, Burrell, Halliday, Hodgson (S. Shaw 50), Coulson, Gilhespy, Ormston, Dixon (Cpt), Fenwick ( Wilson 82), Bulford, Kane ( Wightman 71) Subs not used... Gary Shaw, Jack Burns.

Referee.. D. Woodward, Assistants.. A. Williamson, D. Carr.

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Next game, League, 6th September, Dunston UTS v Bishop Auckland.

Monday, 1 September 2014

Dunston UTS 3 Durham City 0

Dunston progress into the next round of FA cup

30th August 2014
FA Cup Preliminary Round

Dunston UTS 3 
Durham City   0

Dunston entertain fellow EBAC Northern League side Durham City to the Dunston UTS Stadium for both sides second encounters in the 2014/15 FA Cup season. Both teams beat fellow Northern League teams in the previous round and both sides have started their league season in a reasonable fashion, Durham have 10 pts from 5 games as opposed to Dunstons 9 pts. as a form guide both teams have encountered Jarrow Roofing and both winning and West Auckland which Dunston won 2-1 and Durham lost 4-0.
Dunston welcome back Steven Harrison after his honeymoon trip but are without  Jonny Wightman and Steven Shaw, and manager Billy Irwin has the remainder of his squad available for selection. Durham Manager is Ian Chandler, formerly of Whitley. Bay, and his squad is in a rebuilding programme after most of last seasons players left towards the end of the season.

In the 3rd min a ball was played into the Durham penalty area, the goalkeeper Young, was unable to Collect and Nicky Kane got a shot in which was cleared off the line. Dunston gradually settling into the game and controlling midfield against a young looking Durham side. in the 10th minute a long throw from Halliday into the area fell to Scott Fenwick who shot from 18 yards into the bottom corner of the net for 1-0 to Dunston.
Durham retaliated and a cross from Noble went across the Dunston Goal and clear of the far post. 3 minutes later Hodgson combined with Fenwick and the resulting shot was blocked and cleared, a minute later Halliday put in a cross which fell to Bulford but the alert and brave Young saved at Bulfords feet as he was shooting, receiving a bang on his head for his rewards. On 17, Fenwick  shot on angle and again Young saved. 5 minutes later Kane played the ball on to Halliday who crossed to Fenwick at the back post, Fenwick however was just unable to convert a promising move.
On 25, Burrell advancing from defence shot over the bar, and. Minutes later Burrell again put in across which evaded all and just went past the back post. Dunston were pushing on for their second goal and on 29 Kane tried a long range effort which was just wide of the far post. On 32, a long throw from Stoker was flicked on by Purewal but the Dunston defence blocked and cleared the ball. 3 minutes later, Fenwick pulled the ball back to Bulford at the back post, Bulford rifled a shot into the net for Dunstons second goal. Dunston were in clear control of the game and dictating the play. On 43, a Burrell free kick, was played up to Coulson who headed just wide of the net.

Half Time score 2-0

The second half started as the first with Dunston still dictating play in midfield, on 50 Durhams Hope played off to Lawrence   who shot wide from 18 yards. Dunston were applying pressure on the Durham area but were unable to get a clear shot in, on 57, Bulford turned well on the edge of the box and shot just over the bar, a minute later Connell was called into action to clear for a corner, as substitute Baitey shot from 25 yards out. On 59 another throw in from Stoker to Purewal in the box was cleared.
After 62, following a poorly judged back header from Purewal to Young was cut out by Bulford, but his rushed shot on the turn went across the goal and past the far post. On 63 Gary Ormston  cleared the Dunston line after a free kick taken by Hotchkiss. On 67 another Halliday long throw into the box reached Fenwick who had the simple task of flicking the ball inside the near post for Dunstons third. 5 minutes later Bulford beat his marker on the left wing and crossed to Burrell on the right side of the box , Burrell's cross was returned to Bulford  whose shot went wide of the target from 18 yards.
On 74, Davis took a Durham free kick and Coulson headed clear, the game settled into a mid field encounter with both sides introducing fresh legs. On 85, Gary Shaw put in a cross which found Bulford whose header was blocked and right on time Shaw again advanced into the box but a last minute challenge by Purewal prevented a shot going in. 

Final Score  Dunston 3 Durham City 0

Summery:- Dunston played very well and their good team performance prevented all but a few opportunities from the young Durham side ensuring that Dunston progressed into the next round of the FA cup away to  Marske on 13 September 2014. 


Dunston Man of the Match: Andy Bulford, after being rested for the past few games Andy was full of running and produced major problems alongside the prolific goal scoring of Scott Fenwick. as previously stated it was a good team performance with Halliday and Dixon again turning in impressive contributions.

 Dunston UTS: Connell, Burrell, Halliday, Hodgson Coulson, Gilhespy, Ormston (Shaw (G) 76), Dixon, Fenwick, Bulford, Kane (Harrison 65).   
Subs not used: Burns, Craggs, Preen, Clark.

Durham City: Young, Noble (Baitey 45), Allen, Stoker, Purewal, Davis, Lawrence (Lawrence 73), Hotchkiss (Munro 76), Hope, Malloy, Fryatt
Subs not used: Harkess, Fenwick. 

94 Match pictures can be viewed here

Next Game: Away to Crook Town, League, 3rd September 2014, 7:30 pm kick off

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