Saturday, 18 April 2015

Dunston UTS 4 North Shields 0

Second half display sinks FA Vase Finalists

18th April 2015
EBAC Northern League Division 1
Dunston UTS 4
North Shields 0

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Dunston entertain FA Vase Finalists North Shields at the UTS Stadium today for their final home league fixture. North Shields have had a tremendous season since being promoted from the second division last season, they are pushing for the league title if they win all their games and as previously stated they have qualified to play at Wembley in the FA Vase final against Glossop NE , who beat Dunston in the a quarter final replay.

Dunston now need three points to establish a minimum 6th place in the league but have seen their form stutter over recent games and their push for a higher league position has diminished.

Dunston had David Coulson out injured but a full squad available for the game with Gary Ormston and Stephen Harrison both available after missing the mid-week defeat at Bishop Auckland. 

In an edgy start by both sides Shields got the first chance in the 9th minute as a cross from Luccock was played in fortunately for Dunston just too far ahead of Bainbridge, again on 14 a cross by Luccock found Bainbridge but his shot was blocked and cleared. Dunston first effort occurred on 15 as Bulford played in Wilson, Wilson Put in a cross but it was cleared, on 18 Burrell crossed and Bulford met it with a header which had Bannon at full stretch clawing it clear of his goal. Two minutes later Carr shot over the Dunston bar from 35 yards out. On 30 minutes Harrison put in a cross which had the Shields defence in trouble; however they managed to get it under control and clear of the danger area.

A minute later Burrell crossed to the back post where Ormston was just unable to direct his header on target. Shields retaliated and Carr shot was blocked by Connell the rebound fell to Bainbridge but Connell was again able to block before Gilhespy cleared the Dunston area. A minute later Bainbridge played in Forster who shot wide of the target. Dunston replied on 35 with Bulford cleverly turning his marker and releasing a shot which was blocked and deflected for a corner. On 39, Wilson tried and effort from 35 yards which was just wide of the target.

As half time approached Bulford put in a cross from the left wing to Wilson whose header went over the bar before Carr had a volleyed shot blocked by Dan Halliday and the Bainbridge headed over the bar from a McKeown cross.

Half time score: 0 ‐ 0

After the break which saw Shields substitute Holmes replace Luccock, Dunston had to fend off an attack on the left by ex-Dunston Denver Morris, with Ormston clearing for a corner, but replied within a minute as Hodgson shot from 25 yards was parried clear by Bannon. A minute later and Dunston took the lead after a corner eventually found Ormston at the back post from where he knocked it into the net for 1-0 to Dunston. Shields replied with Holmes playing into Bainbridge who shot from 18 yards out went past the far post. On 53 Bainbridge again missed the target from inside the box this time over the bar.

Dunston again settled and on 58 Ormston had a shot from 18 yards saved by Bannon, and 2 minutes later UTS sub Dan Smith was played into the area, but shot wide of the goal, then Burrell had a 35 yard shot over the bar. On 66 minutes Dunston increased their lead as a Cross from Harrison found Ormston 6 yards out and he acrobatically shot into the net.

On 74 Bulford won the ball on the Halfway line out to the right by-line he immediately took on his marker and advanced towards the Shields area where the advancing Bannon was shaping to cover his goal however Bulford played a tremendous outside of the left shot curving around Bannon and into the net for 3-0 to Dunston.

On 78 Dixon had a shot wide of the target before Morris pulled a ball back to Wrightson who shot wide of the Dunston net. On 84 Morris had a shot saved by Connell and then Carr had a16 yard effort saved by Connell on 86 minutes. As the game approached full time Bulford headed a clearance onto Lee McAndrew who controlled and drilled a shot into the net under the despairing dive by Bannon for 4-0 to Dunston rounding off a good second half performance and denting Shields chance of league honours.

Full time score: Dunston UTS 4 North Shields 0

Dunston did not score in the first half despite some close calls, but in the second half after scoring within 3 minutes of the restart they pushed on and put in a performance which we have been waiting for all season. North Shields had times in the second half to attack but thankfully Shields top scorer had forgotten his scoring boots and his efforts never troubled Liam Connells goal. This was a great performance against a strong side although some of their players may have had their minds on their game in three weeks’ time.

Dunston Man of the Match: Dale Burrell, his all-round performance in this great team effort was the fuse to a good result, others worthy of mention were Andy Bulford who scored a tremendous solo goal and troubled the Shields defence all game, Luke Gilhespy who tracked and coped with the wily Bainbridge on most occasions and Craig Hodgson who worked hard in midfield after his long lay-off with his knee injury, however the full second half team performance was first class.

Dunston UTS: Connell, Harrison, Halliday, Burrell, Cattanach, Gilhespy, Hodgson (Williams 79), Dixon, Wilson (Smith 55), Bulford, Ormston (McAndrew 72) Subs not used: Clark, Kane.

North Shields: Bannon, Donnison (Elliott 65), Grey, McKeown, Parker, Coppen, Morris, Forster (Wrightson 72), Bainbridge, Carr, Luccock (Holmes 45). Subs not used: Hughes, Richardson.

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Next Home Game: TBA New Season fixtures – Check the website in August 2015

Saturday, 11 April 2015

Guisborough 3 Dunston UTS 1

11th April 2015
EBAC Northern League
Guisborough 3
Dunston UTS 1

Dunston were in league action again travelling down to North Yorkshire to play Guisborough another league title contenders. As the battle for league winners continues between Shildon, Guisborough and North Shields Dunston still have to play FA Vase finalists North Shields in the run in.

Guisborough hit a set back this week after a defeat at Marske who also still have an outside chance of league honours, so today's game is very important for the league platings. Dunston are back to full strength with Dixon and Harrison available for selection and no major injuries collected in the midweek defeat to Shildon in the League Cup semi final.

Guisborough started strong and won a corner taken by McPhillips which was cleared by Clark, on 4 minutes May played a loose defensive ball across the Area which Ormston just failed to get the ball right in front of the goal, on 6 Earl had a shot which the Dunston defence did well to block before Risbrough attacked the Dunston defence and shot which Clark saved. On 17 Bulford had a strike at goal from 40 yards out over the advanced keeper and just over the cross bar.

On 21 Liddle played into Bytheway whose shot was blocked by Halliday.On 22 McAndrew won a corner for Dunston which was cleared, 4 minutes later Bulfoird got in shot from 12 yards out which went just over the bar. On 34 Earl just failed to connect with a deep cross to the Dunston back post, 2 minutes later Bytheway hit the post and clear from 6 yards out, a minute later Risbrough had a shot from 30 yards which went high over the bar.

Dunston replied on 38 as McAndrew crossed towards Bulford but it was cleared. On 42 Earl shot and Clark first had to Block it before it was cleared.

Half ‐ time Score 0‐0

Dunston started the second half with Cattanach coming on as substitute for the injured Coulson in defence and were immediately on the attack winning a corner, the corner taken by Halliday was met by Ormston whose header went powerfully into the net past the despairing defenders. 1‐0 to Dunston on 47, a minute later Burrell put in a shot which the keeper Liversedge saved. 4 minutes later Bulford had a shot which was cleared off the line by Martin, On 54 Gell replied for Gisborough but it went well wide of the target.

Bytheway on 55 had a shot from 12 yards out which Clark pushed wide from the base of his right hand post. Guisborough were back in the game on 57 as a corner kick by McWilliam found McPhillips unmarked in the six yard box and he poked a shot into the roof of the net for the equaliser. On 59 Bytheway beat Halliday and shot wide of the far post. On 63 Clark parried an Earl shot before collecting the loose ball.

On 63 Dunston lost there other centre half Gilhespy who was replaced by Dan Smith with Burrell moving from midfield into the back four. On 67 Bulford tried an opportunist strike after picking the ball up 30 yards out, but it went wide of the target. On 69 good build up play by Dunston as Harrison, Ormston and McAndrew combined to get the ball to Bulford whose attempt to score was missed as the ball went wide.

On 71 a deep cross by Martin was cut out by Clark. On 73, Hodgson shot wide from 25 yards out. On 76 the Guisborgh forwards dithered in the box allowing the defence to clear their area.

On 80, Bytheway had a shot saved by Clark at the near post. On 83 Earl had a shot from 18 yards out which struck the bar and bounced clear of the area. With 5 minutes to go Earl a yard off side was played into the Dunston area with only Clark to beat , Clark blocked the initial shot but the ball bounced into Earls run and he poked it into the Dunston net for 2‐1 to Guisborough.

On 89 minutes Bytheway way also looking slightly offside got into the box and was forced wide of the goal by Clark, but a sideway crossball found substitute Round who shot home for Guisboroughs 3rd goal.

Final Score Guisborough 3 Dunston UTS 1

Dunston suffered from not scoring a second goal in a period of domination early in the second half allowing a smooth flowing attacking side like Guisborough the opportunities to attack a weakened Dunston defence. To their credit Guisborough wanted and got their deserved victory but it could have been so different.

Dunston's Man of the Match: Andy Clark made some good saves to keep Dunston in the game until the last five minutes when he had a disrupted defence in front of him.

Guisborough: Liversedge, Martin, McWilliam, Carling, May, Liddle, Gell, McPhillips (Round 74), Bytheway, Earl (Stevens 88) Risbrough. Subs not used: Mulligan, Dixon, Roddam.

Dunston UTS: Clark, Harrison, Halliday, Burrell, Coulson (Cattanach 45), Gilhespy (Smith 63), McAndrew, Hodgson, Dixon (Kane 84), Bulford, Ormston, Subs not used: Wilson, Preen.

Match pictures HERE Thanks to David Boyes

Dunston next home game 18 April 2015 v North Shields 3:00 K:O

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Dunston UTS 0 Shildon 1

Dunston fail to score and lose semi-final..

7th April 2015
EBAC Northern League Cup Semi-final
Dunston UTS 0
Shildon 1

Dunston were in league cup action against title favourites Shildon for this semi-final and a place in the final against Ashington or Newton Aycliffe. Shildon have had good league form and are involved in the final shake up for the title despite the huge hiccup last week when Dunston won at Dean Street 3-0 in a very competitive game.

Dunston come into this game as their only remaining chance to get honours for the seasons efforts which at times has promised a lot but gradually those promises faded. Tonight manager Billy Irwin is without club skipper Michael Dixon, and Stephen Harrison who are replaced by Craig Hodgson, and Ben Cattanach respectively.

The first half produced a competitive midfield game with defences on top but it was Dunston in the second minute who created the first chance on 2 minutes as Bulford headed on to McAndrew who advanced into the box under challenge and Graham came out to collect. Again on 12, McAndrew played in to Bulford, his cross in towards Ormston was just too hard to control. On 14 Doninger turned in the box but his shot was blocked and cleared, a minute laters Moore headed a corner goalwards which Connell claimed and on 17 Shildon's Hudson got on the end of a deep cross into the area at the back post, but it went wide of the far post.

Dunston were playing some good approach play and on 18, this ended with a McAndrew cross into the area being just too high for the advancing Burrell. On 19 Connell collected a cross from Harwood under challenge from Gruelich-Smith. After 30, Bulford played through to McAndrew who was just unable to control and shoot on target. Two minutes later Ormston fed McAndrew who went to the by-­‐line from where he pulled. Back a low cross which was cleared at the front post.

Another 2 minutes on and the closest chance came as Halliday put in a an in swinging corner to the front post which, Graham managed to punch clear. lthough Shildon had the greater possession, Dunston had the lion share of opportunities and on 41 Cattanach played in McAndrew into the box but Graham came out to collect as the half petered out to a goalless affair.

Half -time Score 0-0

The second half started with a bang as on 46, Doninger turned in the area and unleashed a shot which Connell possibly unsighted saw hit his post and bounce into the net off his back before he could react 1-­‐0 to Shildon. Dunston replied with a Halliday cross on 47 which found Burrell at the back post but his header on target was blocked, a minute later a deep cross into the Shildon area found Coulson who shot but Graham saved. On 50, Bulford got into the area and played in a low cross which was met by McAndrew whose poked shot was deflected off a defenders foot over the bar. Shildon replied with a Harwood free kick diagonally down the pitch to meet Doninger's run but he was unable to control.

On 57 Kane crossed but with Bulford poaching the ball was headed clear. Two minutes later, Jones volleyed a shot over the Dunston cross bar. Dunston were showing their eagerness for the game as Burrell won a ball in midfield, released it to Bulford who flicked on to McAndrew who cut inside his defender before shooting wide of the near post on 62. Two minutes later Burrell put in a low shot on target inside the far post only for Graham to save diving to his right and low down.

On 70, McAndrew put in a corner which was flicked on by a Dunston head and then cleared by a defender. Five minutes later Ormston headed on to Wightman, who in turn fed Bulford whose cross was cleared by a defender. On 82, a deep Halliday free kick was played out to Burrell whose return cross was cleared. Dunston re pressing hard and Shildon's defence was holding out. On 86 Ormstongot a header on target from a Burrell cross which Graham saved. A minute later Graham was on hand again to tip a Burrell pile driver over the bar. Dunston's efforts were over as Shildon regained composure and possession and played out the final minutes, right at the death Connell went into the Shildon area for a corner, which was cleared and it was only a desperate lunging challenge by Connell which prevented Shildon from playing the ball forward into the undefended Dunston area and goal

Final Score. Dunston UTS 0 Shildon 1

Dunston turned turned in a creditable performance against a good Shildon side, but lacked the necessary goals to win the game due to some good saves by Shildon's goalkeeper Graham and some stout defending by the Shildon defence.

Dunstons Man of the Match: Dale Burrell performed well all over the pitch and was desperately unlucky not to score on several occasions. The Dunston defence also played very well as a unit tho keep the fast running Shildon attack at bay.

Dunston UTS: Connell, Cattanach, Halliday, Burrell, Coulson, Gilhespy, McAndrew (Wilson 77 ), Hodgson, Ormston, Bulford, Kane (Wightman 67). Subs not Used: Williams, Scorer, Preen

Shildon : Graham, Harwood, Atkin, Moore, Craddock, Jones, Hudson (Rundle 86) odgson, Greulich-­‐Smith, Wood (Richmond 38), Doninger. Subs not used: Taylor, Finch.

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Saturday, 4 April 2015

Dunston UTS 1 Morpeth Town 3

Methodical Morpeth beat below par Dunston
4th April 2015
EBAC Northern League Division 1
Dunston UTS 1
Morpeth Town 3

Dunston entertain Morpeth Town at the UTS Stadium today, Morpeth are rejuvenated team of recent results and establishing themselves as difficult opponents and also into the top ten in the league.

Dunston over recent games have seen theirpush for a higher league position than their current sixth slip away although they can still have a significant say in who wins the league especially after beating firm favourites Shildon at Dean Street by 3 goals to nil on Wednesday night and still having to play Guisborough away and North Shields at home in their last 4 league games.
Both sides had full squads to chose from although Dunston had half an eye on their League Cup Semi‐Final against Shildon on Tuesday Night at Home 7:30 KO.

Dunston started well and in the 2 minute Ormston had a shot from 18 yards blocked by   keeper Dryden before being cleared, Morpeth were keen to attack the Dunston defence but they were holding firm, Dunston went close again on 9 as Burrell sent in a shot from 30 yards but Dryden again blocked it, preventing a goal.

The game was swinging from end to end in a competitive game which both defences seemed to have under control with Dunston creating the better efforts, on 20 a Dan Halliday free kick found Burrell on the right side of the box, his cross was blocked and cleared.

Morpeth went on the offensive ans a Graydon cross field diagonal cross found Taylor but an out coming Connell was able to smother the ball as Taylor tried to pass him.

On 25 Halliday on the left wing played in a low cross to the front post where Wilson under a strong challenge was just unable to direct on target and his poked shot went wide of the near post.

Morpeth not to be outdone saw Henderson cross to Chilton whose header went wide of the target. 2 minutes later Taylor for Morpeth ran at the Dunston defence and into the box his pull back to Chilton, 4 yards out,who poked a shot on target but Connell managed to prevent the ball going into the net at a second attempt. On 38 Novak ran onto a ball in the Dunston box but put his shot into the side netting, within a minute Taggert had a shot from the edge of the box which Connell did well to save low down at his right post.

On 43 a long from the half way line by Harrison, keeper Dryden came out to collect but misjudged the flight fortunately his defenders cleared. A minute later another Harrison free kick to the far post was allowed to go out of play and safety. Just before half time Dan Halliday cut in from the left wing and unleashed a 22 yard shot just over Dryden's far post.

Half time score: 0 ‐ 0

Having reimposed themselves at the end of the first half Dunston came out in the second and created the first chance on 49 as Kane shot from 8 yards hitting the post before going out of play, a minute later Burrell won a ball on the left wing but his cross was just too high for the forward players. On 51 a McAndrew free kick into the back post was just too high for Dixon and Ormston as the attacked the ball.

Morpeth having survived the initial onslaught were still playing a methodical passing game and on 56 minutes Sayer was allowed to attack the Dunston defence without being challenged his shot from 20 yards was parried by Connell to the incoming Taylor whose hurried shot went across the goal and out of play past the far post. In the next minute the danger signs were beginning to show as Taggert and Taylor had shots blocked by defenders. On 58 Chilton had a shot which went out of play off the Dunston cross bar. On 63 Chilton was played into the area by a deft Taylor pass, Gilhespy did well to get back and block Chilton shot on goal.

Dunston were under pressure and when Taggert was fouled just on the edge of the area, fortunately the referee adjudged it was just outside, however Graydon stepped up and sent his curving free kick over and round the seven man wall and to Connell's top right corner of the net for Morpeths first goal on 65 minutes.

Dunston retaliated and had a penalty appeal for a push on Wilson turned down by referee Gordon. On 70 Taggert was allowed to control the ball in the 18 yard area before laying the ball back to his team skipper Jewels who side footed the ball into the bottom left hand area of the net for 2 ‐ 0. Dunston tried to recover and after some neat approach play found Wilson in the area, this time the referee saw the foul and awarded a lifeline and a penalty, Bulford on as substitute for Kane stepped up to ram home the penalty and a 1‐ 2 score line.

On 76 Halliday picked up a lose ball 40 yards out and unleashed a shot which went just over the bar. The Dunston play was becoming slacker as on 77 Taylor pounced on a loose pass and shot from 20 yards, the shot was just off target past the far post on the left. However it was only 5 minutes later when Morpeth scored their final goal as Anderson crossed from the left to the far post were Sayer scored on his second attempt 3‐1 to Morpeth .

On 85 Anderson again crossed the ball to Taylor whose shot was taken by Connell. Dunston did have 2 further opportunities in the final minutes as Morpeth hung on to their deserved lead as first Burrell blocked by the keeper Dryden and then in the last minute a Burrell cross was collected by Drden in mid air.

Full time score: Dunston UTS 1 Morpeth Town 3

Dunston did not score in their period of domination in the first half and allowed Morpeth to play the methodical passing game where as Dunston tried to go direct at the tall defensive pairing who were on good form, As Dunston came back into the game either side of half time but the still could not break the dead lock, when Morpeth scored the Dunston side was deflated and started making errors allowing a second Morpeth goal, getting the penalty should have been a restating point but instead their slack play allowed a third and punishing goal as Morpeth continued to hold their composure, Dunston did not have any answers and Morpeth deserved their victory.

Dunston Man of the Match: Dan Halliday, despite others in the team under performing Dan put in a good shift and was a main threat especially in the first half of Dunston scoring. Dan Wilson ploughed a helpless furrow up front and lacked support from hiS fellow team mates, Dale Burrell, Luke Gilhespy and David Coulson also put in hard shifts but we're not able to raise their game in the second half performance.

Dunston UTS: Connell, Harrison, Halliday, Burrell, Coulson, Gilhespy, McAndrew, Dixon, Wilson, Ormston (Hodgson 70), Kane (Bulford 58) Subs not used: Wightman, Cattanach, Williams.

Morpeth Town: Dryden, Henderson, Novak (Grieve 65), Sayer (Bell 90), Hall, Jewels, Taylor, Graydon, Taggert (Anderson 75), Chilton, Fry. Subs not used: Forster, Carr

More match pictures can be view HERE

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