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 timecame 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.