Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Dunston UTS 4 Stokesley SC 2

Dunston too good for plucky Stokesley

27 January 2015
EBAC Northern League Cup
Dunston UTS 4

Stokesley SC 2

Dunston were back in cup action in the League cup and welcomed second division side Stokesley Sports Club in the League Cup at the Dunston UTS Stadium. Dunston were without Harrison but welcomed back Cattanach at right full back, Clark in goal and Coulson at centre half with Bulford on the bench.
Dunston set off well putting Stokesley under pressure, on 2 minutes Dixon shot wide, 2 minutes later Wilson shot from an angle just over the bar, a minute later had a punt on target which the keeper spilled then recovered before the attackers pounced, on 6 McAndrew played in a cross which Bowman did well to collect low down. Stokesley were awarded free kick 40 yards out Sharples played the ball into the Dunston area and Dixon unchallenged mis directed his clearance past his own keeper into the top corner of the net for a goal to Stokesley after 7 minutes. Dunston reacted immediately as a Wilson shot was palmed away by Bowman and then a Kane cross was headed wide by McAndrew. On 9, Williams had a 30 yard shot which curled away past the far post.

After 11 Grier headed over the Dunston bar from a Marrow corner. After 2 more minutes Wilson got up to head down to Dixon who on the turn volleyed the ball into the net for the equaliser. Dunston still applying the pressure and on 15, Kane fed the ball back to Ormston who shot over the bar. 2 minutes later, a neat exchange between Wilson and Ormston gave Wilson the chance to shoot just over the cross bar. On 18, a Cattanach cross fell to Wilson whose shot on target was blocked. After 22, Dixon had a shot from 15 yards which Bowman saved, a minute later Dunston got their reward as a Halliday cross was met by Wilson whose header up onto the underside of the cross bar was unstoppable and it was 2‐1 to Dunston after 23. On 24 McAndrew fired in a cross which Bowman saved low down. After taking the lead the game seemed to stabilise as Stokesley came back into the game, but after a short respite Dunston were at them again on 33 when McAndrew fed Wilson whose shot was blocked for a corner.

Four minutes later Ormston fed Halliday whose shot went over the bar. Bowman prevent another goal on 42 as he saved a Wilson shot on the turn and then 2 minutes later, Ormston got in a header from a Kane cross which was blocked and cleared. At half time Dunston lead 2 ‐ 1. Wightman replaced Dixon who picked up a knock just before half time and Dunston restructured with Kane taking a more central roll.

On 47 Halliday had a shot which was deflected for a corner. A minute later Wightman was in the action as his low cross was deflected for another corner. From a Halliday corner kick on 50 minutes Cattannach got in header back across goal and Ormston was on hand to flick the ball into the Stokesley net for Dunstons third goal. Dunston were still pressing and on 53 Halliday had a shot saved low down by Bowman, this was followed by a Wightman cross headed back across goal by Wilson but McAndrew was just unable to convert as the ball went wide.

After 63 Kane received a ball from McAndrew and shot high into the net for Dunstons fourth goal. Dunston still continued pressing and on 66 Ormston received a ball on the left from Halliday but his shot was wide of the target. Bulford replaced the limping Williams on 66 and immediately set about trying to add to his season total of goals but the Stokesley defence where being defiant and he was restricted to a shot over the bar from 25 yards out on 73 and then on 85 when Bulford was played in 8 yards out but saw Bowman pull off a save. On 87 Wightman had a shot on target blocked before in a breakaway move Campbell beat the Dunston offside trap and played a shot past the advancing Clark for Stokesley's second goal. Dunston had one further chance when Ormston had a header saved by the excellent Bowman who prevented Dunston from scoring more goals.

Dunston recovered from an early set back to take their place in the next round of the cup at home to Penrith or Morpeth against a plucky Stokesley side who had an excellent goalkeeper who prevented a landslide of goals. This was a useful game for Dunston who did well to keep their composure after an early setback. The team reshuffle after slight injuries to Dixon and Williams was effective and did not hamper
their efforts on the night.

Dunstons Man of the Match: Gary Ormston. ‐ Gary was involved with the game at both ends of the field and his experience and running ability was one of the main features in an effective team performance.

Dunston UTS: Clark, Cattanach, Halliday, Williams (Bulford 66), Coulson, Gilhespy (Scorer 73), Kane, Ormston, Dixon (Wightman 45), Wilson, McAndrew. Subs not used: Connell, Preen.

Stokesley SC: Bowman, Sharples, Marrow, Grier, Calvert, Dunford, Edwards, Leylabi (Rose 68), Dinsdale, Upton, Campbell.. Subs not used: Cole, Gooderham.

Report by T.C.
Next Game.. League Fixture, Dunston UTS v Newcastle Benfield.

Saturday, 24 January 2015

Bedlington Terriers 0 Dunston UTS 1

Early effort from Dunston makes the victory

24 January 2014
Northern League Division 1
Bedlington T 0
Dunston UTS 1

Dunston were back in league action and on their travels to the Welfare Ground, Bedlington to play the terriers in a reverse fixture against the once early leaders in the league, but now in mid table after a recent run of five defeats. This should have been Dunston second away game of the week but the midweek game against Shildon was postponed due to the poor and pitch freezing weather after their successful visit to Heanor Town in the FA Vase Fourth round. Manager Billy Irwin was away watching our next opponents in the Vase play their previously postponed fixture leaving his assistant Tony Harrison to continue with his current unbeaten run in charge of the team.

Dunston were without Andy Bulford who scored last weeks winner as he was unavailable and Dale Burrell (on holiday, Ben Cattanach (unwell ) and David Coulson was rested allowing David Scorer to be selected at the back, Gareth Williams into midfield and Dan Wilson to lead the front line. Dunston started well breaking into the Bedlington area in the second minute as Wilson played in McAndrew whose shot was saved, two minutes later McAndrew returned the gesture pulling the ball back to Wilson six yards out who shot the ball into the net for 1‐0 to Dunston. Continuing to apply the pressure on 4 Harrison played in a free kick and the ball fell to Halliday who shot just wide of the near post.

Bedlington recovered and on 10 Nellis had a shot blocked by Gilhespy. On 15 McAndrew had a shot which was collected by Staples. 5 minutes later Nellis again had a shot which Connell collected. The game being played on a sticky surface which Dunston seemed to have the game under control as first McAndrew shot over the bar on 28 and Harrison put in a cross which Staples did well to cut out. On 30, Wilson was fed in by McAndrew but his shot was deflected for a corner across the goal. Bedlington continued to rally led by Nelliss who ran at Gilhespy but the alert Scorer was on hand to block the shot giving a corner. A minute later Walton had a shot from 25 yards which went wide of the target. Half time
came with no further chances and Dunston still 1 ‐ 0 ahead.

The second half continued as the first with Wilson getting his shot blocked from a Halliday cross on 50 minutes. On 55, Williamson tried a volleyed shot which was stopped by Connell. A Harrison free kick on 60 was met by Scorer but his header went just wide. On 62 Blandford tried a lofted shot which Connell collected. Play seemed to stagnate into a midfield battle on the sticky pitch until the 82 nd minute when Scorer met a Wightman cross and his header was was too far away from Kane who was was unable to apply the finishing touch as his effort went wide. On 88, Nelliss played in a cross which Harrison did well to clear and as the game entered the last minute Scorer fed in to Kane whose shot on target was blocked leaving the final score as 1 ‐ 0 to Dunston.

On a difficult pitch Dunston did well to start on the front post and after getting an early goal advantage were keen to add to the score. Bedlington struggled to get into the game despite the efforts of Nelliss who tried hard but was unable to really test Connell. Dunston deserved the victory which continues their current unbeaten run.

Dunstons Man of the Match: Luke Gilhespy who stood out with his reading of the game preventing Bedlington from getting near to the Dunston goal,Dan Wilson did well to lead the front line, working well with Lee McAndrew who was always a menace with his mazy runs and deep crosses.

Bedlington Terriers: Staples, Walker, Dobson, Davidson, Little, Dunn, Williamson, Blandford, Scott (Young 75), Nelliss, Walton (McGorrigan 75)
Subs not used: Walmsley, Harvey, Keenan.

Dunston UTS: Connell, Harrison, Halliday, Williams, Scorer, Gilhespy, Kane, Ormston, Dixon, Wilson (Wightman 82), McAndrew (Smith 72)
Subs not Used: Clark, Coulson, Preen.

Report By T.C.

Saturday, 17 January 2015

Heanor Town 0 Dunton UTS 1

Another hard earned FA Vase victory for Dunston

17th January 2015
FA Vase 4th Round
Heanor Town 0

Dunston UTS 1
Att 397

Dunston travelled south to Derbyshire for their 4th round tie in the FA Vase to play Heanor Town of the Northern Counties East League. This equals Heanors' furthest venture in the FA Vase but they have produced a team which has recently won promotion and until Xmas was holding a top five position in their league but with a string of three recent defeats they are now occupying a respectable 9th position.

Dunston themselves have seen a drop of one position after two goalless draws to fellow top five sides in recent weeks. Dunston are enjoying their Vase cup run and the team are looking forward to progressing in this years competition. The Dunston squad travelled on the Friday afternoon and stayed overnight in Chesterfield were the team spent a relaxing evening together while the committee and some supporters had a good night out on the town enjoying the hospitalities of the Chesterfield town area.

Dunston Team Manager has a full squad to chose from, except Dan Smith (cup tied) and Craig Hodgson (long term leg injury) with Connell, Coulson, Bulford , Scorer and Williams all missing in some of the lead up games fit and raring to go especially after last weeks hard earned point against 3rd placed Marske. The weather was cold and crispy but the pitch was playable although it looked as though the surface would cut up and be energy sapping.

The first half started with Heanor pressing for an early advantage and in the first minute they won a corner which was headed wide by Gregory. Dunston showed their metal and on 3 they won a corner which was cleared from the Heanor area, then on 4, Bulford switched the play from left to right to McAndrew, who shot wide across the goal. Heanor then won a corner on 5 which Dixon cleared, on 14 Harrison played a ball into Dixon in the area, his first touch let him down and the chance was lost. Two minutes later, McAndrew crossed but both Dixon and Kane were unable to connect. On 17 a Hearon free kick from 30 yards out was cleared by Ormston. Another free kick by Hawes on 18, found Jones whose shot went over the bar.

On 21 Bulford was played through and pulled just outside the area but the referee was unsighted and his assistant did not help by flagging so, no decision was made. On 25 a cross by Jones was played only just too hard for Ricketts to apply the finish, two minutes later a Jones shot from 25 yards out was taken by Connell. On 29, another Jones corner, was played to Gregory whose shot from 18 yards went wide of the near post. Two minutes later McAndrew played in a low cross to the front past but the ball was deflected by Kane for a goal kick. Play continued up to half time without any further goal area action as both sides battled hard in midfield.

Half time 0 - 0

Heanor got the first chance of the second half on 46 as a Hall shot from 20 yards was blocked and cleared, then a Jones corner was met and headed just over the bar by Ricketts, Dunston replied with a Harrison free kick which was cleared. On 49, Kane was played in by Bulford his return cross found Bulford whose effort was saved by Deakin. Heanor replied with Debrouwer collecting on the edge of the area but Gilhespy was alert enough to block his effort. On 51, Bulford beat the offside trap, he sidestepped his covering marker, but was challenged as he shot an his effort was skewed sideways, within a minute Burrell played in Bulford, Bulford then steadied before shooting past the far post. On 61, Dixon shot from 35 yards and Deakin collected, on 63 a Harrison cross was cleared by Marriott, then a Halliday corner was met by Burrell at the back post and his header bounced off the cross bar, within a minute another low cross from Haliday was flicked goalwards by Bulford but it went straight to a grateful Deakin. At the other end, Ricketts had a header which Connell collected.

On 69 Dixon fed Bulford in the box, Bulford's shot was saved by Deakin. A minute later Harrison played in a corner which Deakin did well to collect under a challenge from Bulford. On 71, Ricketts had a shot which Connell saved. Dunston again pressed and a McAndrew cross was collected by Deakin, then two minutes later McAndrew was fouled 25 yards out and Harrison free kick went over the bar. On 79 Bulford collected a ball on the edge of the area, he turned quickly and shot wide of the near post. On 80 Dunston got the deciding goal as Dixon got a head to a defensive clearance playing the ball to Burrell who played a defence splitting ball through to Bulford, Bully advanced into the box and calmly placed a shot under the advancing Deakin and into the net.
Heanor tried to recover and Grantham turned and shot from 18 yards but it was saved by Connell on 85, a minute later Bulford had another shot and Deakin saved, Dunston than held out for the final minutes and 5 minutes of added time for a hard earned victory.

Full Time. Heanor Town 0 Dunston UTS 1  (Bulford 80 minutes)

This was a positive team performance needed in a good competitive cup tie between two evenly matched sides. Dunston won through sheer persistence and grit against a hard working team who never gave up. The game could have went either way, but Dunston gradually won the midfield battle which was made more difficult in an energy sapping surface.

Dunston Man of the Match: Michael Dixon, a great display of positive football throughout the game leading his side to a positive victory.

Heanor Town: Deakin Marriott, Shaw, Hawes, Henshaw, Strzyzeivski, Jones, Gregory (Grantham 71), Ricketts (avenger 77), Hall, Debrouwer (Capt), Subs not used: Naylor, Andrews, Baker.

Dunston UTS: Connell, Harrison, Halliday, Burrell, Cattanach, Gilhespy, Kane, Ormston, Dixon, Bulford (Wilson 90), McAndrew. Subs not used: Cattanach, Wightman, Williams, Clark.

Match Pictures thx to Andy Nunn Can be viewed here

Report by Tom Clark.

Next game for Dunston is at away v Shildon on Wednesday 23 January 2015 7:30pm KO.

Saturday, 10 January 2015

Marske Utd 0 Dunston UTS 0

Dunston Battle To Hold Out For A Draw..

10th January 2015
Marske United 0
Dunston UTS 0

Dunston travel to Marske for the second time this season to play in the league fixture. This promises to be a competitive game as Marske are currently in third and Dunston are in fourth. The Dunston side is still without Hodgson, Connell (injured), Halliday (flu) and Dan Smith (suspended) for the game but manager Billy Irwin will be hoping for an injury free game in preparation for next weeks game at Heanor Town in the FA Vase.

Dunston started the game with a strong wind behind them but with an organised Marske side it was not until the 7 minute that a Dale Burrell free kick on target was saved by the Marske keeper, battling against the wind Marske won a corner on 11 which was cleared by Coulson. On 13 a long free kick by Clark was met by Bulford but his header went wide. On 17, McAndrew tried a volley from 35 yards but it spooned over the bar. On 26, a Bulford free kick was saved by a diving Dean. Marske were battling against the conditions and on 35 O'Sullivan cross was taken by Clark to eliviate the threat.

On 39 Butterworth floated in a shot which was watched by Clark to go inches over the Dunston cross bar. A minute later McAndrew put in a cross and a Bulford header went straight to keeper Dean. On 42, Kane played in Bulford  with only the keeper to beat but his first time shot was saved by Dean. Two minutes later, Kane on the left wing fired a low cross come shot into the side netting. Just before the half time whistle the busy Kelly played in a low through ball but no one connected as it ran through to Clark.

Half Time Score 0-­‐0

The windy conditions continued in the second half but it was not until the 55 minute when Gilhespy had to clear a Garvie cross and clear the danger. On 59, Dunston battling against the wind won a free kick and Harrison put in the shot come cross which Dean tipped over the bar to safety. A minute later a corner from Harison was headed onto Bulford whose header again was turned over the bar by Dean.

On 74 Garvie shot wide from 20 yards On 80, Kelly played in a short ball across the box to Garvie who shot over the bar from 8 yards. Dunston introduced Wilson to replace the hard working Bulford and on 84 McAndrew was unlucky as his run and shot went across goal and past the far post. On 85, Marskes' Johnson had a shot from 40 yards which went wide.

Two minutes before the end of normal time Wightman replaced Cattanach who limped off after a heavy tackle. Marske pressed hard for the remaining 6 minutes with the Dunston defence battling to contain them and reducing the chances of shots on target.

Full Time Score 0-­‐0

Dunstons Man of the Match: Luke Gilhespy -­‐ Luke put in a great performance in a battling team performance, Dunston had the better shots on goal but neither Goalkeeper were put under real pressure throughout the game, but both had to be alert at all times.

Marske: Dean, Hillerby, O'Sullivan, Johnston, Bott, Wheatley, Garvie, Gott, Butterworth, Owens, Kelly. Subs not Used: Hollingsworth, Hood, Myers, Fenwick, Gamble.

Dunston UTS : Clark, Harrison, Cattanach (Wightman 88), Burrell, Coulson, Gilhespy, Kane, Ormston, Dixon, Bulford (Wilson 81), McAndrew. Subs not used: Williams, Preen, Scorer.

Report By Tom Clark

Next game... 17th Janaury, FA Vase R4 away to Hean
or Town, Kick Off 3pm

Saturday, 3 January 2015

Dunston UTS 3 Consett 2

Northern League Division One
3rd January 2015
Dunston UTS 3
Consett 2
Att 203

Dunston start the new year by entertaining Consett in this Ebac Northern League fixture. This is the third time the teams have met this season with Dunston winning both previous encounters, in the League Cup 2 - 1 and in the away League game 3 - 1. Both matches were entertaining affairs so this one is expected to be very close. Consett are currently well established in mid-table while Dunston are in 4th position. Dunston have Andy Bulford, Gareth Williams and David Coulson on the bench while Liam Connell and Craig Hodgson are both improving on the injury front as the manager Billy Irwin is preparing his side for the FA Vase Tie against Heanor Town in two weeks time.

Dunston started strongly and in the first minute Consett’s keeper Barry Poskett tried to clear but Dan Wilson blocked the ball and played it to Lee McAndrew who then played in the centre-forward but Wilson’s effort went just wide. A minute later Dale Burrell powered in a 25 yard shot which went wide of the post. On 5 minutes Wilson turned on the edge of the box after Stephen Harrison had played a through ball, but his shot was well saved by Poskett.

On 8 minutes McAndrew put in a deep cross to the back post which Poskett had to punch clear. Dunston grabbed the lead on 12 minutes as Dan Halliday made a great run before putting in a deep cross to Harrison at the back post, his header across goal found Dan Wilson who made no mistake from 6 yards. 1 – 0 to Dunston.

Dunston were in complete control and were restricting the Consett forwards to rare glimpses of the Dunston area. On 15 minutes a dangerous Harrison corner saw Dan Smith attacking it at the back post where his shot was blocked. Consett got their first chance in the 28th minute when a cross by Adam Nicholls was safely collected by Andy Clark. A minute later, Dunston went two up as Lee McAndrew beat his man and crossed deep to the back post. Poskett managed to push the ball out to the edge of the penalty area where Dale Burrell met it and hammered a shot into the back of the net. 2 – 0 to Dunston.

On 33 minutes Consett got their first real break as ex-Hartlepool player Michael Mackay was played in, but his powerful shot on target was well blocked by Andy Clark who spread his body well. Despite this let-off, Dunston continued to control the game up until the half-time whistle.
Half-Time score: 2 - 0

Both sides made substitutions at half-time with Nicky Kane replacing Dale Burrell who had received a first-half caution. Consett's captain Dan Madden, who had suffered a back injury just before the break, was replaced by Scott Martindale. Consett started more positively went on the attack as they looked to reduce the defecit. On 50 minutes Luke Sullivan got on the end of a chipped pass by Mackay and his flick sent the ball over the advancing Andy Clark. Stephen Harrison raced back in an attempt to clear but was just unable to stop the ball from going in. 2 – 1 to Dunston. Dunston tried to rebuild after this set-back but the loss of Dale Burrell who had been their first-half driving force had obviously blunted their attacking options.

On 57 minutes a poor clearance on the half-way line was blocked and immediately played up to Michael Mackay who advanced and hammered a terrific 20-yard angled shot into the far top corner of the Dunston net for the equaliser. 2 – 2. Dunston were shell-shocked but recovered immediately as Dan Smith crossed for Gary Ormston whose header was well saved by Poskett. On the hour a Harrison free-kick found Wilson who headed just over.
On 68 minutes Dunston had strong penalty appeals turned down when Poskett clattered into Gary Ormston as the midfielder’s header was cleared off the Consett line. On 69 minutes a McAndrew cross-cum-shot went just past the far post and a minute later Nicky Kane had a shot from 15 yards just wide of the near post. Dunston were back in control and on 74 minutes Kane played in McAndrew whose shot was deflected over the bar for a corner. On 75 minutes Consett retaliated as ex-Dunston player Danny Craggs put in a tantalising cross which Clark collected. Dunston replied with Dixon playing McAndrew in, he continued his run to the by-line but was unable to get in his cross as the defenders closed him down. A minute later Nicky Kane was put through and looked a certain scorer only to be denied by a brilliant last-ditch tackle by Scott Martindale.

Consett were not totally out of the game and replied with a cross into the front post by right-back Chris Moore which was quickly cleared. On 84 minutes Wilson was again played in but an alert Poskett cleared the danger with a brave block. A minute later Dan Wilson was again played in and despite being pulled back he recovered his balance and powered on to take the ball wide of Poskett and shot the ball into the net. 3 - 2 to Dunston.

On 86 minutes Ben Cattanach had to back-track and did well to rise and head clear an attempted long ball to Sullivan before Wilson broke through again but this time he was clearly pulled down by last defender Carl Piecha on the edge of the box as he broke clear. Piecha was shown a red card for preventing a goal scoring opportunity. Stephen Harrison took the free-kick and fired it wide of the far post. As the final whistle approached Luke Sullivan was fouled 25 yards out and Consett’s Calvin Smith took the free-kick which Clark calmly collected in the air and averted the final danger.

Final Score: Dunston UTS  3   Consett  2
Dunston Man of the Match: Dan Wilson who scored two good goals and lead the front line well. Lee McAndrew also did well and kept on producing dangerous crosses into the Consett area.

Dunston UTS.. Clark, Harrison, Halliday, Burrell (45mins Kane), Cattanach, Gilhespy, Smith, Ormston, Wilson, Dixon (Cpt), McAndrew. Subs not used, Bulford, Williams, Coulson, Wightman. Cautions Burrell. 
Consett: Poskett, Moore, Craggs, Wright, Piecha, Madden (Martindale), Chapim, Smith, Sullivan, Mackay, Nichols (Gray). Subs not used: Brown, Cole.

Referee, J. Simpson. Assistants, M. Conroy and D. Watson.
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Match report by Tom Clark
Next Game.. League Fixture, 10th January away to Marske United, 3pm Kick Off.