27th July 2015Friendly
Chester let Street 0
Dunston UTS 3
Dunston travelled to near neighbours Chester le Street to play their fifth friendly of their campaign after their 3‐3 draw against Handswoth Parramore on Saturday. Once Again manager Billy Irwin has players on holiday and some players unavailable because of small niggling injuries and tonight has to select his team from eleven available players after Steven Richardson and Malcolm Morien pulled out during the warm up.
The Chester side includes past Dunston players and also Scott Heslop who has been involved in Dunston's preseason games.
The game began with both sides trying to find their feet on a slippery outfield pitch after a day's continuous rainfall, it was Chester who got the first chance as their centre forward beat Pearson on the left wing but his low cross went across the Dunston goal and away to safety. On 9 minutes Bulford found Harrison with a switched ball from left to right and the cross from Harrison found Burrell Whose Header was deflected wide by the keeper for a corner. From the Corner Burrell played in a cross which Bulford met but his header was wide of the target. On 15, Bulford broke through the Chester defence on the right, he played a ball in for Francis whose shot was defected for a corner.
From the corner Burrell again played in a low cross which Briggs deflected goalwards and the keeper saved. On 18 Francis took a free kick into the box which found Briggs on hand to hammer home from 2 yards out for the opening goal for Dunston. Chester replied again with the centre forward
producing a shot which Clark saved. On 37, Chester created a great chance as their right back crossed deep to the far post but Heslop header went over the bar. With 5 minutes to go to half time Dunston increased their lead as Smith laid off a ball to Burrell on the edge of the box, Burrell controlled and played in a shot into the bottom left of the goal from 18 yards out. A minute later Briggs got clear but his attempt was cleared. 0‐0 at half time.
The second half began again with both sides vying for possession , on 50 Pearson crossed and smith only just failed to direct his header on target before Heslop hit the post with a free kick from the edge of the box. 2 minutes later Heslop was again causing problems as he crossed deep into the box but Halliday was able to head clear and avert the danger. On 55 Briggs ran in from the left wing to receive a through ball on the right of the goal and his well struck shot was parried by the keeper, unfortunately the rebound to Briggs was shot wide of the target.
On 57, Burrell ran into the Chester areabut his low cross went harmlessly across the Chester goal, 2 minutes later Bulford fired in a shot from the right edge of the box and the keeper again had to make a good save.
After 63 Halliday played in a great cross which found Burrell but the header went over the bar. Dunston were in command but had to be wary of the Chester breaks from defence which Gilhespy and Hodgson were marshalling well. On 75 Halliday received a ball back from Burrell and attacked the Chester area along the edge of the box, his right foot shot however went wide of the target, this was followed 5 minutes later as Briggs laid of to Harrison who shot from 20 yards also wide of the near post. As the game approached the end Dunston got their third and final goal as Halliday played the ball hard and low into the box, Bulford controlled turned and shot into the net from 8 yards out.
This was a good work out for both sides in their build ups for the new season, it gave manager Billy Irwin the opportunity to see players in different positions and for the players to play their passing game throughout the whole game.
Chester Le Street: not available
Dunston UTS: Clark, Pearson, Halliday, Burrell, Hodgson, Gilhespy, Smith, Francis, Harrison, Bulford, Briggs.
Dunston's next home game: verses Hartlepool United Friendly no 6, 7:30 KO onWednesday 29 July 2015.
Report by T.C.