Saturday, 27 December 2014

West Auckland 0 Dunston UTS 0

27th Decemebr 2014
Northern League Division One 1
West Auckland 0
Dunston UTS 0
Att 261

For the final game of 2014, Dunston travelled to South West Durham to face West Auckland Town, their opponents in the 2012 FA Vase Final. The weather was cold and crisp but the pitch was deemed playable, although it looked as though the surface would cut up. Manager Billy Irwin had several injury issues with Andrew Bulford nursing a hamstring strain as well as long-term absentees Craig Hodgson, David Scorer and Liam Connell. Gareth Williams was also unavailable but Nicky Kane returned to the squad.

The West Auckland side were managed by Andy Toman for the first time and the League leaders fielded a strong squad. The game started at a furious pace with some fierce challenges going in as both sides fought for possession and superiority. Dunston got the first real chance of the game on 7 minutes as Gary Ormston crossed to Dan Wilson who fell to the ground under pressure from West centre-half Adam Wilkinson, somehow he managed to swing his foot and play the ball into the centre of the box but no Dunston players were able to capitalise. West replied with a testing Josh Rowbotham free-kick which was headed clear by Stephen Harrison and then a minute later a West corner, taken by David Gordon, was safely claimed by keeper Andy Clark to alleviate the danger. On 14 minutes Lee McAndrew received a good ball from Dan Wilson and seeing the West keeper off his line, chipped a clever shot towards the top right corner only for Dan Lowson to recover and save near the angle of his goal.

On 21 minutes West were awarded a hotly disputed penalty when Alex Francis fell in the right corner of the area even though there was little or no contact from Luke Gilhespy. Robbie Briggs stepped up but hammered the kick high over the angle of bar and post. On 25 minutes Stephen Harrison swung in a dangerous corner-kick which was headed clear at the front post. Two minutes later a West free-kick taken by David Gordon fell to Alex Francis who fired wide from 25 yards. The game continued as a real battle in midfield and when play approached either goal, both defences stayed in charge and restricted clear-cut scoring chances to a minimum. On 42 minutes Dale Burrell was set up in front of goal 18 yards out by a fine pass by Dan Wilson but his powerful shot was blocked and cleared.
Half-time score:  0 - 0
The teams started the second-half in the same combative mood as the first with no quarter asked or given. West had the first chance as Mattie Moffat got on the end of a Steven Richardson cross but his header was well saved by Andy Clark. On 50 minutes Dale Burrell played in left-back Dan Halliday who continued his run and  hammered in a great low shot but keeper Dan Lowson was equal to it.

On 55 minutes Lee McAndrew dribbled into the box where he received a callous challenge from Brian Close, fair in the opinion of the Referee, the ball was fed out to Dan Wilson who crossed and Gary Ormston's header went wide of the front post. On 57 minutes Steven Richardson fired over the bar after being played through and a minute later Colin Larkin dribbled into the box and his deflected cross again fell to Richardson whose shot went high over the bar.

On 60 minutes Dale Burrell's free-kick went into the wall and rebounded to Stephen Harrison who crossed for a Dan Wilson diving header which went narrowly wide. On 64 minutes the hard working Dan Smith was played in on the right-wing, his cross was blocked and came out to Dale Burrell who shot just wide of the target. From the goal-kick Mattie Moffat was played in but good defending by Luke Gilhespy and Dan Halliday ensured his cross was cleared for a corner. From the corner the ball fell to Adam Wilkinson who steadied himself and then shot high over the bar. A minute later Gary Ormston played in Dan Smith but a strong tackle by Adam Wilkinson prevented his shot. On 67 minutes a Stephen Harrison cross was only partially cleared and after a tremendous scramble in the home goal area the ball fell to Dale Burrell but his low cross was hacked clear.

From a Dan Smith corner on 71 minutes, Lowson dropped the ball but the Dunston players in close attendance were unable to force home before Lewis Galpin cleared. On 74 minutes Colin Larkin dribbled into the Dunston area and crossed to the incoming Robbie Briggs who side-footed his shot which was blocked and cleared. The game continued at break-neck speed from end-to-end without any real scoring chances being created and the contest finished as an honourable draw.
Full-time:  West Auckland  0   Dunston UTS  0
Dunston Man of the Match: Dale Burrell – Dale’s overall performance saw him turn up in all positions on the field, both wings, up front, in midfield and defence and his distribution was first class on most occasions. This was however a team performance with all members of the team playing their parts throughout the game to achieve their hard-earned point.
West Auckland: Lowson, Rowbotham, Gordon, Galpin, Wilkinson, Close, Larkin, Briggs, Moffat (Fowler), Francis, Richardson. Subs not used: Tait, Gibson.

Dunston UTS: Clark, Harrison, Halliday, Burrell, Cattanach, Gilhespy, Smith (Kane), Ormston, Wilson (Wightman), Dixon, McAndrew. Subs not used: Coulson, Bulford, Preen

Referee, D. Wodward, Assistants, M. Bunting, W. Pare.

Today's Results:-
EBAC Northern League
Division One
Billingham Synthonia 2 Jarrow Roofing 0.
Bishop Auckland 1 Newton Aycliffe 0.
Consett 3 Durham City 3.
Crook Town 0 Shildon 11.
Newcastle Benfield 1  North Shields 2.
Penrith 3 Celtic Nation 0.

Saturday, 20 December 2014

Dunston UTS 7 Crook Town 2

20th December 2014
Northern League Division One
Dunston UTS 7
Crook Town 2
Attt 166

Dunston entertain Crook Town at the UTS Stadium today with the visitors having a bad time in the League this season, currently lying in bottom place. Dunston secured a worthwhile draw at in-form Jarrow Roofing last week which saw them drop into 5th place in the table, however the mid-week results of the teams above them were good news. Tony Harrison takes charge of team affairs today as Billy Irwin has gone to Tadcaster to assess FA Vase opponents Heanor Town. Dunston are without the injured Liam Connell, David Coulson, Craig Hodgson and David Scorer. Nicky Kane and Gareth Williams are also unavailable but Michael Dixon and Ben Cattanach come back into contention.

Dunston started well and should have taken the lead in the first minute as Bulford shot over the bar from 6 yards. A minute later Bulford held the ball up, laid off to Ormston whose shot was blocked, the rebound fell to Dale Burrell who shot wide of the target. Crook reacted with two break-aways, the first on the right was cleared by Gilhespy and the second by Halliday on the left wing. On 6 minutes McAndrew put in a low cross which fell to Burrell whose shot was blocked by Winter. On 8 minutes crook’s Nicholson Crook was at the back post on the end of a cross but his shot was blocked by an alert McAndrew. On  12 minutes Smith played a ball through to Bulford but it was just too heavy and keeper Graham collected. However a minute later Dunston got the opening goal as Burrell crossed into the area to Michael Dixon who side footed a shot past a helpless Graham. On 20 minutes Harrison fed a short pass back to Burrell who shot went just wide.
On 21 minutes, after a pressure attack by Dunston, the ball fell to Andy Bulford who shot past Graham for 2 - 0. On 27 minutes Bulford chased a long ball originally meant for McAndrew deep into the Crook half, his deep cross found Burrell at the back post who headed back into the box where Michael Dixon initially shot against Graham but with his second attempt from close in, he made no mistake and it was 3 - 0. On 34 minutes Crook mounted a bit of pressure on the Dunston defence which remained defiant as bodies were blocking three goal-bound shots. The last of these chances was cleared to McAndrew who played Bulford through the middle only for the alert Graham to collect on the edge of his box. On 41 minutes Dan Smith pulled a ball back to Burrell whose cross was deflected to Bulford who shot over the bar, a minute later Bulford played a ball through to Smith but once again Graham pulled off a good save which prevented another goal.

Half time score: 3 - 0

Crook came out fighting in the second half and on 46 minutes former Dunston player Wells shot but Clark saved low to his left. Dunston retaliated and a McAndrew cross was parried by Graham under a challenge from Bulford but he was able to collect at the second attempt. On 48 minutes Alexander attacked the Dunston defence and unleashed a shot from 20 yards which went just over Clark’s crossbar. Immediately from the clearance Bulford played in Lee McAndrew who continued his run into the Crook box before shooting from 8 yards, Graham could only watch as the ball hit his legs and roll into the net for 4 - 0

Dunston were now well in command and on 52 minutes Harrison had a shot blocked by Graham, the rebound was crossed into the box and fell to Smith who fed it back to Dale Burrell whose shot from 25 yards flew into the net for 5 - 0. On 55 minutes Ormston fed into Harrison whose shot was again saved by Graham. 3 minutes later a McAndrew cross- cum-shot glanced off the Crook crossbar, the ball was fed out to Burrell whose shot spun wide of the post. On 64 minutes Dixon's low cross fell to Dan Wilson, on as a substitute for Burrell, whose shot was on target passing a helpless Graham for 6 - 0. On 65 minutes Wilson put in across to the back post but Graham fisted clear under challenge from Bulford. Wilson played back to Wightman, on for Smith, his shot was well saved by Graham. On 69 minutes Crook got a chance as Fremliin shot over the bar from 20 yards. 4 minutes later Emson was played into the box and shot over from 18 yards. On 76 minutes Bulford took on Mould and appeared to have created space to shoot only to find his shot blocked by the defender in a desperate challenge.

On 80 minutes Wilson was fed in by McAndrew but his shot went just over the bar. On 82 minutes a bizarre decision by the referee ruled that a deflected ball by Dixon, which Clark only saved at full length along the ground, was a deliberate back-pass. From the resulting indirect free-kick 8 yards out, Wyn Fremlin blasted a shot into the players on the line and the ball was deflected high into the net for a consolation goal. Dunston returned to the other end as Bulford turned his man and shot from 12 yards but his effort was deflected by a defender onto the goalkeeper’s legs and was rebounded away to safety. Crook were then awarded a free-kick 25 yards out as Harrison fouled Nicholson. Wyn Fremlin took the free-kick and sent the ball over the wall, wide of Clark's left-hand and into the net for Crook's second goal and 6 - 2 to Dunston after 85. On 87 minutes Dunston got their seventh as Dan Wilson played a low cross in towards Bulford, however the unfortunate Craig Winter could only deflect the ball into his own goal to round off the scoring.

Full time score: Dunston 7  Crook Town  2
Dunston Man of the Match: Lee McAndrew, in good a team performance Lee’s runs, crosses and goal stood him out above the others. Dale Burrell and Dan Smith also turned in good performances but missed out purely as they made way for second half substitutes after the hour mark. Andy Bulford also put in another good shift and was unfortunate not to add to his first half goal.
Dunston UTS: Clark, Harrison, Halliday, Burrell (Wilson), Cattanach, Gilhespy, Smith (Wightman) Ormston, Dixon, Bulford, McAndrew. Subs not used: Coulson, Preen.

Crook Town: Graham, Mitchell, Wells, Mould, Winter, Webster, Nicholson, Davidson, Emson, Alexander, Fremlin. Subs not used: Hardy, Brazauskas, Toomey, Nolan.
Match Pictures Click Here

Referee. M. Dicicco, Assistants, J. Wood, S. Packer.

Report by Tom Clark

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Jarrow Roofing 0 Dunston UTS 0

13th December 2014
Northern League Division One
Jarrow Roofing 0
Dunston UTS 0
Att... 104

Dunston made the short travel to Jarrow to play Roofing in their reverse EBAC Northern League fixture. Jarrow won the reverse fixture at the UTS Stadium early in the season but since then both clubs have had similar results and currently find them with Jarrow in 4th place and Dunston in 5th separated by 3 pts but Dunston have a game in hand. Dunston are without Dixon (suspension), Kane , Scorer, and Connell (injuries), into the side come Clark and Smith after the Fa Vase victory at Whitley Bay. A pitch inspection was necessary after a frosty night but the game was declared on after a bright start to the morning.

Roofing applied pressure form the start and Dunston' s defence held strong, but it was Dunston who got the first chance as Smith played the ball back to Burrell who although off balance shot wide of the target on 4 minutes, a minute later a Harrison free kick went into the back post but Coulson was unable to get any direction on it and it went wide. Roofing were constantly reapplying pressed and on 8 Former Dunston strike Lewis Teasdale hit the post with the ball rebounding to Myers whose shot was deflected out for a corner. On 10 Morien had another shot which went wide and a minute later Teasdale ran at the defence and shot wide. The game was flowing quickly from box to box and on 13, Smith played in Bulford who shot wide, on 19, Ormston got up at the back post to head across to McAndrew whose shot went wide. On 25 Clark made a save from Myers who was only able to side foot a throw from Carson.

Five minutes later Teasdale again shot this time it was deflected wide by Burrell, from the corner kickthe tall Kirkup got in a header which Clark collected, 2 minutes later McAndrew put in a deep cross but Hunter collected to avert the danger. In the 36 minute Ormston and Bulford combined well but Ormston shot went wide across the Jarrow goal, before a low McAndrew cross reached Bulford only for a swift defensive challenge to prevent a shot. Jarrow came back on 40 as the hard working and effective Barnes at full back swung in a cross which Clark collected, a minute later Morien also swung in a cross which was also collected by Clark.

Half time score: 0-0

The second half started as the first had finished with both sides fighting for possession but again it was Dunston who got the first chance on 47 as Burrell's shot was deflected to the goalkeeper Hunter. On 49 Bulford got a good header onto a Harrison cross but Hunter saved, Jarrow retaliated and Carson crossed which was partly cleared to Myers whose shot was blocked. Jarrow were now applying pressure and blasting shots into the Dunston defence , one attempt beat Clark but the ball was cleared off the line on 55, Dunston fought back and on the hour Bulford took a through ball to the byline and his pull back to Burrell was shot wide of the near post. Jarrow again applied pressure on the Dunston defence with shots from all angles being blocked. On 70, Halliday won a loose ballon halfway, he advanced but his shot from the edge of the box went wide. On 74, Morien found himself with only Clark to beat but somehow Clark spread his body to prevent the ball with his foot, from going into the net.

A minute later Bulford ran under challenge towards the Jarrow goal and was fouled from behind while attempting to shoot, the Jarrow centre half was lucky only to be cautioned. The resulting free kick by Harrison went over the bar. On 77, McAandrew passed to Halliday whose shot was saved low down at the foot of the post. The last 10 minutes saw Dunston rear guard defence work hard and on 81 a Kirkup header at the back post was deflected by Myers but Clark saved. On 83, Barnes crossed but Morien, unmarked was unable to connect at the back post. Jarrow only had one more clear chance as Barnes shot wide as the Dunston defence failed to clear their lines.

Full time score: Jarrow Roofing 0 Dunston 0
In the end this was a result that suited both sides although both sides had chances to score and lay a foundation for victory, Dunston, however were subdued in midfield and missed the Dixon factor, but Jarrow to their credit pressed the Dunston defence hard and had three half hearted appeals for penalties turned down by the referee.
Dunston Man of the Match: Andy Clark who made three saves, one point blank to keep Dunston in the game, Bulford ran a positive game up front and was unfortunate in front of goal while the remainder of the side worked hard but were pushed hard by an eager Jarrow side who were themselves wanted a win.
Jarrow Roofing: Hunter, Barnes, White, Errington, Kirkup (capt), Vipond, Carson, Myers, Morien, Teasdale, Marshall Subs not used: Leven, Gregnan, Gardiner, Whitehead, Johnson
Dunston UTS: Clark, Harrison, Halliday, Williams, Coulson, Gilhespy, Smith, Burrell, Ormston, Bulford, McAndrew. Subs not Used: Wightman, Wilson, Cattanach, Preen,
Dunston's next game:
Home to Crook Town,League 20 December 2014, 3:00 pm KO
Referee, P. Newhouse, Assistants, D. Carr, P. Yuill
Report By T.C
Pictures By Ron Aitchison Here

Saturday, 6 December 2014

Whitley Bay 1 Dunston UTS 2

Dunston Reach 4th Round In FA Vase...

6th December 2014
FA Vase Round 3
Whitley Bay  1  
Dunston UTS  2 (Coulson, Harrison)

After defeating Guisborough Town in Round 2, Dunston were again drawn away, for the second year running, against past winners Whitley Bay in what again promised to be an entertaining tie with Whitley Bay starting to return to form after an indifferent start to the season and Dunston playing well to be in the top 4 in the league. Dunston have been recently struggling with injuries but had an almost full squad available with the exceptions of Craig Hodgson (leg) and recently signed Dan Smith (cup tied).
Whitley had former Dunston players, Brad Brooking and Michael Laws in their side while Dunston’s David Coulson and Gary Ormston were returning to Hillheads after a very successful term with Whitley Bay.   

The game started steadily with both sides vying for possession on a recently cut wet pitch which saw the ball bobbling around, ensuring both sets of players had to ensure their close control was on hand. Dunston got the first encounter into the area as Bulford chased a long ball into the box but Whitley keeper Gladstone was alert and cleared the danger on 6 minutes. Two minutes later Robinson unleashed a 20 yard shot which just went over the bar. Within another two minutes Connell picked up an injury which needed treatment after he collected a Bay high cross. On 14 minutes Stephen Harrison chased a ball to the by line which was being screened by McFarlane, just as the ball was going out Harrison poked the ball to the goal side and then shot home from a narrow angle to Give Dunston the lead.
On 18 Watling headed a cross wide of the target and a minute later a Watling low cross went right across the Dunston area and out for a goal kick. Dunston replied with a Harrison corner kick which also travelled across the goal and to safety. On 28, McAndrew got into the Whitley box but his lofted shot was weak and straight at Gladstone, however Gladstone fumbled and was immediately challenged by Coulson who was adjudged to have committed a foul. On 37, Bulford a pass was played through by Burrell on the edge of the box a clever turn resulted in space to get a shot in which just went over wide of the target.
Three minutes later Dunston went two goals up as Coulson received a lay back from Ormston and his 25 yard shot went to the side of Gladstone and inside the post. Dunston now had the scent and a Harrison cross to the back post was almost met by Bulford and the on 42, Harrison again played in a diagonal ball which hit Bulford and the ball fell to Kane whose positive shot was blocked. A minute later Kane ran from the wing and forced a corner. The corner taken by Harrison had to be cleared by a good header from Bay’s player manager Ryan under pressure from Dixon.

Score at half time  0 - 2

Whitley came out positive in the second half but it was not until 54 minute when Watling put in shot which curled away from the far post, Watling again was on the end of a free kick into the area but his header was deflected high and wide. On 58 Bird won a challenge on Halliday and crossed from the right wing but Watling’s shot was collected by Connell. On 60 minutes McAndrew got to the by line and crossed a ball which had to be headed clear as far as Harrison whose cross was headed wide by Dixon.
On 65 Kane played a through ball on to Bulford, Bulford’s shot was collected by Gladstone, Dunston were now back in the game and a Harrison cross was just too deep and went over the bar. On 70 minutes Harrison was caught out by a ball from Kempster who played it into Watling who was tripped by Harrison for a penalty. Up stepped Chow, who had been introduced as a substitute, to fire a penalty, with Connell picking the wrong way for 2 – 1 to Dunston. Bulford was immediately aiming to restore the two goal advantage as he received a ball on the edge of the box, turned his man and shot just over the bar.
Again on 75 Bulford repeated his turn on the edge of the box and again it went narrowly over the bar. Whitley were pushing on trying to get the equaliser but the Dunston defence was holding firm and restricting chances. On 80 minutes Burrell ran with the ball from the halfway line into the Whitley box, his pull back to McAndrew resulted in a shot just wide of the far post. As the game got closer to full time Dunston kept control of the ball and Whitley only created two more chances as a Kempster cross into the area which had to be cleared and then a late Watling shot was saved by Connell.

Score at full time  1 - 2

Dunston produced a solid team performance and deserved their win against a competitive Whitley side, they could have made it easier by scoring more goals in the first half, but overall despite the penalty they never really looked like losing the game with the Dunston defence holding solid and protecting Connell throughout the game.

Dunston Man of the Match:   – Andrew Bulford, Andy was a thorn in the Whitley defence throughout the afternoon, his running off the ball was creating spaces and chances, his control on the edge of the box created opportunities  which only narrowly went over the cross bar or just wide of the target. Worthy mentions for Harrison, Gilhespy and goal scorer Coulson in defence and the strong leadership and running of Michael Dixon

Whitley Bay: Gladstone, Brooking, McFarlane, Anderson, Ryan, Reid (capt), Godsmark (Kempster 55), Laws, Watling, Bird, Robinson (Chow 61) Subs not used: Dobson, Ellison, McDonald.

Dunston UTS: Connell, Harrison, Halliday, Burrell, Coulson, Gilhespy, Ormston, Kane (Wightman 79), Dixon (capt), Bulford, McAndrew. Subs not used: Clark, Wilson, Williams, Cattanach.

Next Game:
Jarrow Roofing away in the Ebac Northern League on Saturday 13 December 2014 3:00 pm KO