Saturday, 7 March 2015

Whitley Bay 1 Dunston UTS 0

Dunston fail to make possession into goals.

7th  March 2015
EBAC Northern League Division 1
Whitley Bay 1 
Dunston UTS 0

Dunston were back in league action and on their travels to Hillheads in Whitley Bay to meet a rebuilding Whitley Bay side who not only have a new manager but also are signing new players to enhance their squad. Dunston are currently in sixth place in the league and looking to improve their goal difference.

Dunston were without the suspended Dixon and Gilhespy, Scorer is also on the injury list alongside Coulson but other players are carrying niggling knocks and are in need of a rest after Tuesday nights win against Penrith in the Quarter Final of the league cup after extra time by 3-2. The conditions at Hillheads are not good and the strong gale and the uneven pith surface is very likely to spoil the the game as a football exercise.

Dunston started with the strong wind at their backs and tried to master the conditions but it was not until the 9th minute that Wilson forced a corner which in itself was cleared by a hesitant Bay defence. On 10 Williams put in a free kick from just inside the Bay half but it went past the far post, on 12 Ormston had what was Dunstons first shot on target saved by the keeper Flynn, Dunston were pushing on but not taking opportunities to shoot and trouble Flynn. On 17 Williams again put in across / shot from range and Flynn had to force it away for a corner.
On 21 Wilson put in a cross which was cleared as far as Kane who was fouled on the edge of the area. Williams put in the free kick which was cleared but a rebound forced the ball towards goal and it had to be cleared again. On 24a defensive error by Dunston allowed Watling into the area advancing on Connell, Connell held his ground and deflected the Watling shot wide of the target, a minute later a Williams long throw fell to Dan Smith who shot over the cross bar, 3 minutes later a Burrell header went over the cross bar from another long Williams throw in which was knocked onto the front post by Coulson.

On 30 a good run by Kane ended in a ball being laid back to Williams whose cross was deflected towards goal forcing a save by Flynn. On 32 Kempster was played into the box unmarked but Harrison recovered to block his shot. On 35 Wightman on for the injured Bulford was fouled on the edge of the Bay Area, Williams fired in the free kick which went wide of the far post. Play continued towards half time with Dunston promising but not
delivering any real testing shots, just on 45 Smith blocked a clearance in the Bay Area but was adjudged to have used his hands, and a minute later Connell had to collect a Watling 20 yard shot from just outside the area and then in the 4th minute of added time Watling fed Bird in the area and Connell again had to collect the shot.

Half time 0-0

Dunston who must have had good talking to by Manager Billy Irwin came out strong and on 46 Wightman was played into the box but his deft chip shot went just over the bar. Whitley replied with a 35 yard shot by Blandford which Connell saved before Wilsn chased and won a ball in the Whitley area he steadied and put in a low cross to Smith who somehow managed to fire over from 4 yards out. On 55 Wightman was fed into area by Wilson and the shot was deflected for a corner.

Five minutes later Wightman again was fed through and after advancing into the area unleashed a shot which went over the bar. On 65 Ferrell played a through ball to Bird but the alert Connell was quickly outto collect. After 70 Burrell had a shot on target which was blocked and flew up in the air as it came down Wilson attempted a volley shot but the wind took the ball and his shot spewed wide. On 72 a Smith header from a Williams cross bounced into the hands of Flynn and then 4 minutes later from a Harrison corner, Smith again shot over the bar from 12 yards out. In the 80th minute a drastic error in the Dunston defence allowed the ball to reach substitute Williamson to advance on Connell and side foot his shot past the out coming Connell into the net for what was to be the winning goal 1-0 to Whitley Bay.

Dunston had only one more attempt on target on 82 as Ormston put in a low shot which was first fumbled by Flynn at the near post but he recovered to collect and prevent the danger. Whitley then managed to run the clock down preventing any
danger to their goal.

Final Score Whitley Bay 1 Dunston UTS 0

Dunston were made to pay for the lack of shots on the Whitley goal in the first half but in all truth were much the better side in the second half. Dunston should have been at least two goals up when Whitley scored following a drastic error along their back four which allowed Williamson on a clear run at Connell which he converted.

Dunstons Man of the Match: Dale Burrell who stood out with his constant probing and provision of the ball especially in the second half, Gareth Williams also did well filling in at left back, but Dunston missed their suspended players and should really have taken the points from this game.

Whitley Bay: Flynn, McFarlane, McDonald, Blandford, Laws (M), McGarr, Norriss (Williams 70), Ferrell, Watling, Bird, Kempster. Subs not used: Laws (H), Cave, McBride, Richardson.

Dunston UTS: Connell, Harrison, Williams,Burrell, Coulson, Ormston, Smith, Wilson Bulford (Wightman 34), Kane (McAndrew 64) Subs not Used: Clark, Halliday, Preen
Report By T.C.

Dunston next Home game Tuesday 10 March 2015 v Sunderland RCA 7:30 KO

1 comment:

  1. Waz at the game with 'Grumpy Stumpy' and 'Davy the Silver Fox' google geordietimes/whitley for a part time fans match report (there's some pix az well!)