Saturday, 29 August 2015

Holker Old Boys 0 Dunston UTS 2

Saturday 29th August 2015
FA Cup Preliminary Round
Holker Old Boys 0
Dunston UTS 2

Dunston travelled to West of the country to Barrow to play Holker Old Boys in their FA Cup Preliminary Round game of the season. Dunston suffered their first set back of the season in their home defeat to Washington where they also conceded their first goal in competitive football losing 1‐0. The goal coming in the last 5 minutes, leaving them more determined to get a result today and further their run in the FA cup and a game against North Shields or Kendal Town in the next round.

Dunston started kicking up hill and against a stiff breeze and started controlling play in the Holker half, on 4, Francis cross and the Holker keeper Bell nervously punched clear Holker tried to get in the game with long balls but the Dunston defence were coping well. On 10, Richardson was fouled on edge of box, a free kick awarded, Burrell played short to Francis shot just over bar, on 11, Holker attacked and Hubbold crossed to Grundy who could not control, After 15 a neat one two between Francis and Richardson produced across from Francis which was deflected for a corner, 3 minutes later almost an own goal against Dunston as an indecision between Wilkinson and Connell resulted in Wilkinson heading back against the advancing Connell who just managed to deflect the ball wide of the goal. On 22 Martindale cleared a ball to Burrell whose clearance was blocked and the ball went wide of post.

On 26 Grundy shot was blocked Gareth Smith Picked up the loose ball and Connell pulled off a good save. Dunston rallied and Martindale won a chase on the right wing and his cross was flicked on by Richardson at the front post only to be deflected for a corner to Dunston. On 29, Dunston deservedly took the lead as Luke Gilhespy won a good challenge and played a through ball to Richardson who turned his mana shot into the Holker net.
Holker replied and Grundy got the ball into the net after he had fouled Halliday in chase for a long ball. On 36, Bulford was played through and was pulled back by Coombes from the awarded free kick was blocked and cleared. On 38, Halliday had to clear a low cross over his own cross bar under a challenge from the Holker winger Jamie Pattinson. It remained 1‐0 to Dunston up to halftime.

Dunston started the second half on top and Bulfordplayed in across which had to be cleared for a corner, from the corner taken by Francis was cleared to Burrell, Burrell played the ball out to Francis who returned a deep cross just past the far post. On 50, Bulford again beat the offside and crossed to Richardson who shot was deflected for a corner. Francis' corner bobbled around the goal area before Bell was able to collect.
On 51 Hodgson headed through to Richardson who broke clear of the defence and shot against the advancing Bell who saved with his legs. Minute later Richardson header off a Francis corner struck the post and bounced clear. On 63, Richardson was fed by Dan Smith and his shot was blocked and cleared. Within a minute Richardson fed a ball outto Francis who steadied and and crossed to the back post and just wide of the post.

On 66 Wilkinson shifted the ball out of defence and Bulford again beat the offside and low cross into Francris in the middle of goal was shot home for 2‐0 to Dunston.

On 67, Richardson fed Bulford whose shot was blocked and the goalkeeper collected and then Moss had shot cleared by Wilkinson, before Jamie Pattinson shot from 25 yards over  the bar.

On 71, a substitution saw Burrell moving to right back as Briggs came on for Martindale. Within 2 minutes Burrell played in adept cross which was just too high for Bulford at the back post. On 75, Richardson was again played through but Bell came out to clear.

On 86 Briggs played a ball through to Thear who was tackled as his shot went in. Holker pushed in the latter stages as Moss played a cross come shot over the bar, In time added on Briggs broke clear and his shot was saved by Bell before the last Holker opportunity saw a Hubbold close ranged shot saved by Connell and Jamie Patterson fired the rebound over the bar.

Full Time Score Holder OB 0 Dunston UTS FC 2

Dunston fulfilled a good win in testing conditions of a stiff wind in the first half and a determined Holker side in the second half. Two well taken goals made sure of a win but they had to work right up to the final whistle.

Dunston Man of the Match: Craig Hodgson, Played a safe methodical game with some important challenges in front of the defence, while some good balls gave the forwards some great opportunities. Good displays by Bulford and Richardson who were fed by Burrell, Smith and Francis who battled in a packed midfield. The Dunston defence were pushed but ably controlled most of the Holker attacks.

Holker Old Boys: Bell, Bonner, Redhead, Coombes, Hefferman, Stanway (Brought 70), Pattinson (J), Grundy, Ruston, Hubbold, Smith. (G). (Moss 57)  Subs not used: Parker, Pattinson (S) Bamiguye.

Dunston UTS: Connell, Martindale (Briggs 77), Halliday, Burrell, Wilkinson, Gilhespy, Francis, Hodgson, Richardson (Thear 85), Bulford (Dixon 79), Smith, (D).
Report By T.C.

Next Home Game: EBAC Northern League v Ashington Saturday 5 September 2015 KO 3:00 pm

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Dunston UTS 0 Washington 1

Washington smash and grab to pinch points...

25th August 2015
Northern League Division 1
Dunston UTS 0

Washington 1

Dunston welcomed Washington to the UTS Stadium for the EBAC Northern League Division 1 game, their third home game of the season after 3 successful league encounters leaving them on 9 pts with a goal difference of 13. The Washington side are newly promoted from the second division and are also undefeated with 2 wins and a draw, so a competitive game was envisaged. Dunston manager Billy Irwin has 3 players, Pearson, Morien and Clark, from his squad unavailable due to holidays but is still able to start with a strong line up. 

Dunston were straight out of the blocks and in the first minute Bulford had a shot from inside the box which bobbled up and wide of the target. Washington called Connell into the action to collect the ball on 5, as Callaghan put a free kick into the area. Dunston immediately replied with a Francis free kick which was blasted into the wall, on 12 minutes Washington’s Fisher was played in by a long diagonal cross field ball and his cross had to be saved by Connell.

Again Dunston replied with a Smith header which was deflected on to the cross bar, followed by a Richardson shot from 20 yards out which bounced back off Carmichael chest where Swansbury cleared for a corner. On 20, Briggs picked up the ball at half way and quickly progressed towards the Washington box, 20 yards out his shot forced Carmichael to save. On 26, Tait turned his marker 20 yards out and shot wide of the far post. On 34 Gilhespy was forced to clear for a corner as Washington attacked the area, from the corner Connell had to punch clear a header which fell to Tait who hooked his shot over the bar.
A Connell clearance on 36 fell to Davison 40 yards out but he failed to shoot as Connell regained his ground and his side footed shot went wide of the target. On 37, Burrell played a ball into Bulford who headed on towards Smith but was cleared before Smith could shoot. On 40 minutes Fisher got space and unleashed a shot along the ground which forced Connell to make a diving save to his left, immediately following Francis played a cross field ball into Briggs which he was just unable to control under Carmichaels challenge. On 42 minutes a resilient Dunston defence worked hard to first block and then clear a Washington attack. The scores were level at half time 0-0 but Dunston were clearly ahead on possession but unable to break the deadlock.

Dunston continued to press in the second half and on 47, Halliday put a cross into the box which Carmichael claimed, 3 minutes later Francis with a free kick on the wide right crossed and Wilkinson was less than an inch short of directing the header towards goal, then Burrell put in a deep cross into the back post, Briggs headed back across goal to Smith whose header was cleared. On 54 Bulford glanced a header across the goal just wide of the far post. On 57 Smith won through 3 strong challenges and set off towards goal where Preston blatantly obstructed him and was cautioned.
On 59 Francis played in a shot which had to be saved by Carmichael. Washington having faced a period of defending replied on 65 as a Washington free kick was played sideways to Tait who shot over the bar. On 75 Burrell played a sideways free kick pass to Francis and his low shot from 20 yards struck Carmichaels left post and rebounded to Smith who was adjudged offside. On 81 Gilhespy produced a great tackle on Winn to prevent a shooting opportunity in the box, from the corner Swansbury headed over the cross bar.

On 85 Coghlan crossed a corner which found Tait at the front post who headed into the bottom corner of the Dunston net for the opening and deciding goal. Again on 86 minutes Gilhespy produced an important challenge breaking down a Washington attack against a depleted Dunston defence. On 90 minutes with emotions high Wilkinson blocked a challenge on the halfway line, Walton reacted to the challenge and the referee cautioned both players sending Walton off for a second bookable offence, Wilkinson was also shown a red card, by Referee Helen Conley, but this was quickly rescinded as she realised that Wilkinson had not been booked earlier. There were no further chances in the 4 minutes added on for stoppages and so Dunston were beaten in a game which was marred by some poor refereeing decision

Final Score Dunston UTS 0 Washington 1

On the field Dunston did not deserve to be beaten although their lack of goals in both halves did not help, Washington’s perseverance and resilience held out for them and they scored a well taken goal by Tait at an important late stage of the game. On this showing both sides will be in the scrap at the end of the season. Up front both Bulford and Richardson gave the Washington defence, who protected their goal keeper and goal well throughout the game, a run for their money.

Dunston’s Man of the Match: Dale Burrell, Dale worked tirelessly in midfield and pushing forward, ably assisted by Francis and Smith with Luke Gilhespy producing some good important challenges in defence.

Dunston UTS: Connell, Martindale, Halliday (Hodgson 85), Burrell, Wilkinson, Gilhespy, Smith, Francis, Richardson, Bulford, Briggs (Thear 69). Subs not used: Wilson, Hodgson.

Washington: Carmichael, Stewart, Callaghan, Preston, Swansbury, Tait, Fisher (Winn 60), Walton, Butler, Davison, Cassidy (Coghlan 48). Subs not Used: McGuiness, Jackson, Burton.

Attendance.. 209

Referee.. H. Conley.
Assistants.. D. Holmes, B. Stones

Report by T.C.

Next Home Game. (If we dont draw in FA Cup at Holker Old Boys)
EBAC Northern League - Dunston UTS vs Ashington on Saturday 5th September 2015  3:00pm KO

Saturday, 22 August 2015

Dunston UTS 1 Whitley Bay 0

Dunston Get winner against resilient Whitley...

22nd August 2015
Northern League Division One
Dunston UTS 1
Whitley Bay 0

Dunston entertained Whitley Bay at a Dunston UTS Stadium in their second home game of the season, Dunston are on a winning trail of 4 games scoring 18 goals without a goal being scored against them, Whitley have also started reasonably well with one win and a draw in the league but drew in the FA cup before winning the replay by the odd goal in 5 against Ryhope CW in time added on. Dunston named an unchanged side for the game but are without Malky Morien on the bench. The Whitley side is captained by former Dunston player Michael Laws.

Dunston started the first half strongly as Bulford was played in by Halliday he pulled the ball back across the Whitley goal area and was cleared by Laws, on 7 Francis played in a free kick which was off target. Play seemed to be getting strangled in midfield as Whitley closed down the Dunston midfielders restricting forward movements.
On 12 Pearson got in a cross into the area and Jennison was able to collect. 3 minutes later, Halliday put in a deep cross to the far post Smith headed under challenge and again Jennison was able to collect. In the 20th minute Whitley got their first opportunity from a dubious offside decision, even the Whitley players stopped, but no flag came and Connell saved from Laws with his legs, the ball then bobbled around the area before being cleared by by Gilhespy for a throw in.

On 26, Kempster was played into the area by Bertram, Kempster went past the out--‐rushing Connell however his final shot went wide of the near post. Dunston came back on 32 as Bulford was played in by Pearson on the right, Bulfords cross in to Richardson was adjudged to be offside.  On 36, Francis was cautioned for a foul and the resulting free kick resulted in a header from Shanks which Connell collected. On 37 a Whitley corner was deflected out of the area to Hughes who shot high over the bar. On 40 Briggs beat Day on the left and clear through on the keeper who spread his body and stopped Briggs' shot.

A minute later Halliday played a good ball through to Bulford which was just too strong and Jennison was able to come to the edge of his box and collect. As halftime approached the hard working Burrell unleashed a 25 yard shot punched clear by Jennison.

Half time score 0‐0.

Dunston started strong again in the second half, and a free kick was played into the area and cleared. On 47, Bulford put in a low cross towards Richardson which was cut out and cleared by Day as Richardson was about to pounce. Dunston continued to pres as Whitley continued to work hard and restrict chances, on 56, Francis played a free kick hard and low into the area which was cleared for a corner, on 58, Smith headed on a ball on to Bulford who shot wide of the near post from 20 yards.

After a blatant obstruction left Halliday on the ground the ball was played through to Kempster, whose cross was was cleared by the Dunston defence. On 62, Goss was played in behind the Dunston defence on the right wing Connell rushed wildly out of his area and fouled Goss, fortunately for Connel the referee only awarded a caution, the resulting free kick was stopped by Wilkinson in the six yard area and Pearson was able to hook the ball clear of trouble.

Rebuilding their confidence Dunston were again pushing forward as Smith beat his marker and played a low cross in to the goal were Jennison saved. On 70, Francis played in a corner and Wilkinson header just wide of the target, on 71, Goss beat Gilhespy and shot the rebound fell again to Goss and his second shot was again blocked and cleared. Dunston again attacked on the right only for Laws to pull back Richardson as he sped past him, Laws was cautioned and from the resulting free kick played short inside to Burrell resulted in a block which went for a corner. On 73 Pearson played a low cross towards Thear whose shot was deflected for a corner. 

On 80 minutes, Bertram played in a shot which was stopped by Connell and then cleared for a throw in. 2 minutes later Francis had a shot saved by Jennison, within a minute Dunston got what was to be the deciding goal as Bulford played a header back across goal where it was cleared as far as Burrell who played it back into the melting pot, Bulford met it controlled it with his first touch and unleashed a shot over Jennison and into the top corner of the net.

Dunston controlled the remaining time until the 2nd minute of added on time when Goss broke on the right and pulled a ball across to Kempster who returned the ball to Goss whose shot was blocked and the ball was collected by Connell, this was to be the last chance of the game. Dunston beat old foes and past vase winners in a difficult game as Whitley set their team to contain an active Dunston midfield, however the strength of the sides resolve
still created chances which where however limited by the Whitley defence, Whitley bay to their credit also produced some chances and they too found the strong Dunston defence and were also limited in scoring opportunities,

The goal was however justified as the Whitley side would have settled for a hard earned draw, but did not create enough in front of goal, except for the front running of Kempster and substitute Goss.

Full Time, Dunston UTS 1 Whitley Bay 0

Dunston Man of the Match: Dale Burrell‐Dale was influential in his role today both in defence and when able to push forward, he was the perfect foil for the closely marked Francis was was available to keep the Dunston side pushing forward.

In defence Wilkinson and Gilhespy held strong for most of the game limiting any Whitley chances, however upfront the forwards although working hard were held by a resilient Whitley defence, Andy Bulfords' goal was a golden opportunity which he dispatched and continued Dunston's run of winning games.

Dunston UTS: Connell, Pearson, Halliday, Burrell, Wilkinson, Gilhespy, Smith (Thear 81), Francis, Richardson (Wilson 84), Bulford, Briggs (Hodgson 81). Subs not used: Clark,

Whitley Bay: Jennison, Day, McDonald, Anderson, Laws, Flynn, Hughes, Bertram, Shanks (Goss 58) Gibson, Kempster. Subs not used: Gladstone, Young, Buzzeo, Norris.

Attendance 266

Referee.. J. Mulligan
Assistants.. R. Halliday, K. Stevenson.

Match Pictures Can Be Viewed HERE

Next Game: Dunston UTS v Washington, League, Tuesday 25 August 2015, 7:30 pm KO.

Report by T.C.

Saturday, 15 August 2015

Crook Town 0 Dunston UTS 6

Dunston move on in FA Cup....
15th August 2015
FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round
Crook Town 0
Dunston UTS 6

Dunston travelled to Crook in their first FA cup game of the season to play Crook Town. Dunston are currently un beaten in their league Division 1 games scoring 12 goals in total and conceding nil in their first 2 games while Crook have one 1 game 2-1 and had the misfortune in mid-week to have their game abandoned when they ere winning 5-2 in Division 2. Dunston were favourites to win the game but we're approaching it with a bit of caution as the reward for success is not only a place in the next round but also a share of the FA Cup prize money.

On a better pitch than last week at Bedlington Dunston soon showed their strength and in the first minute Wilkinson headed a Francis corner just wide of the far post, 2 minutes later a Francis free kick was headed clear by Kemp and on 5 minutes Dunston took the lead as Smith played a ball into the Crook box from the half way line and Bulford neatly created his space and hit the ball into the net. On 9, Halliday crossed into the far post and it had to be cleared by Johnston. 3 minutes later a cross into Smith was deflected to Bulford whose shot was deflected wide of the far post, from the resulting Francis corner Wilkinson was able to side foot into the net from inside the six yard box for 2-0.

Play continued with Dunston defence preventing any dander to their goal and Briggs on the left wing creating issues at the Crook end with his crosses and running giving both Smith and Bulford opportunities. On 30 minutes a Crook free kick taken Brasaukas was headed over by Thompson. In reply a Francis free kick was deflected off the wall for a corner.
Dunston were creating chances continuously and only just missing the target, on 35 Francis played a neat one two with Bulford only for his shot to be deflected for yet another corner, on 36 Briggs from 25 yards out drove in a shot which struck the far post, followed by a Halliday header at the far post going just wide and then a Halliday shot was deflected for a corner and Bulford headed over the bar.
From another Brazaukas freekick Kemp at the far post direct his header over the bar. In the last 2 minutes of the half Francis had a free kick headed wide by McVickers and then on a dribble into the box he was tripped before getting his shot away just outside the box, Halliday fired the free kick over the bar.

Half Time Crook 0 Dunston 2

The second half continued as the first with Dunston again creating chances Halliday crossed for Smith to head across the goal, Crook to their credit continued to try a crack the Dunston defence and on 47, Brown was played through and on to Connell Liam was alert and raced to edge of his box to clear the danger. On 48, Halliday again crossed and Smith collected made space before slotting home number 3. within 2 minutes it was 4 as Richardson shot across goal was retrieved by Briggs and play between Briggs and Francis fed Richardson who made no mistake as he lashed the ball home from 15 yards out. On 55 another Crook free kick into the area was cleared by Wilkinson.
Dunston were dominating and still making chances as Francis made space and shot into the post, then Bulford had a shot saved by the sprawling Robinson pushing it around the post. On 65 Bulford again was denied as his cross come shot on the turn was saved by Robinson.

In a succession of attacks Bulford had 3 further attempts in 3 minutes to no avail. On 72 Francis took a quick free kick through to Richardson who shot was cleared by Robinson. On 74 Lough, a Crook substitute shot from 25 yards which Connell collected, on 75 another Francis freekick on the left edge of the box was eventually cleared after bouncing around in the Crook area, before Thear on for Briggs played a ball across to Smith who crossed into a run by Halliday who struck home number five. On 80, Smith played the ball into onto Morien, on for Bulford who shot wide of the near post from 10 yards out.
After 85 Dunston got their sixth and final goal after Francis played a hard low cross into the area and the unfortunate Kemp was unable to direct the ball wide of the Crook goal for an own goal. Play settled until the final whistle and Dunston were through to the next round against Holker Old boys from Barrow at Barrow in two weeks time.

This was a game that Dunston were expected to win, and in an immaculate way they subdued the Crook Challenge Ian's created multiple chances in front of goal against a Crook side who did not play badly but we're at times unable to cope with the Dunston pressure. A good win for Dunston against a Crook side who tried hard.

Dunston Man of the Match: Alex Francis, His skill and distribution of the ball was foremost in this victory, with Briggs and Smith also excelling on the flanks while Halliday
also put in a good shift and deserved his goal in the second half.

Crook Town: Robinson, McVickers, Wilson (Lough 70), Johnston, Kemp, Tinkler, Wright, Watkinson (Duggan 57), Brown, Thompson (Guthrie 48), Brasaukas. Subs not used:
Moody, Smith.
Dunston UTS: Connell, Pearson, Halliday, Burrell (Hodgson 70), Wilkinson, Gilhespy, Smith, Francis, Richardson, Bulford (Morien 73), Briggs (Thear 60). Subs not used: Clark,

Referee, Shane Sugden
Assistants, Anthony Jone and Paul Thompson

Match Pictures, can be biewed HERE

Report by T.C.

Programme £1:00

Next Game, 22nd August, Dunston UTS v Whitley Bay, Kick Off 3:00pm

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Dunston UTS 4 Sunderland RCA 0

11th August 2015
EBAC Northern League Division 1
Dunston UTS 4
Sunderland RCA 0

Att 247

Dunston welcomed Sunderland RCA to the UTS Stadium for the EBAC Northern League Division 1 game, their first home game of the season and their second game of the season after a successful travel to Bedlington Terriers saw them score 8 goals without reply on Saturday.

Sunderland RCA had a home game last Saturday and went down 2-0 to Consett. Dunston manager Billy Irwin had a full squad to select from and only made one change to the Saturday Starting line-up as Malky Morien scorer of a hat-trick after coming off the bench on 63 minutes replaces Andrew Bulford.

Sunderland RCA started well and applied pressure on the Dunston defence, on 3 minutes Hughes was played into the box by Hope, he played the ball past Connell but the ball went wide of the near post, Dunston rallied on 5 minutes as Halliday scorer of a good goal on Saturday made space for himself until he entered the penalty area where a good tackle by Brown was good enough to prevent a shot. Dunston gradually settled into the game and on 9 minutes Burrell was played in by Francis, his shot was blocked, on 10, it was Richardson who was fed into the area behind his marker and he slotted a shot past Morris into the net for 1-0 to Dunston.

On 12, Pearson Had a shot from 25 yards out which went over the bar, two minutes later Dan Smith received a ball on the right and entered the area from where he released a shot into the far corner of the net for 2-0 to Dunston. In the build up to the goal the Sunderland centre back Hatch was injured and forced to leave the field. On 21 minutes Hughes for RCA was also injured and limped off the pitch although it was 7 minutes before a replacement entered the field. During this period Sunderland had a good effort from a Davis cross which Connell had to palm away for Pearson to clear the area. On 29 minutes, Burrell headed a Francis corner high over the bar from 10 yards out, a long clearance by Connell found Morien on the edge of the box and his lay back to Briggs enabled a shot on target which was saved by Morris.

Four minutes later Morien again created a chance as his pulled back cross found Smith whose header was taken well by the goalkeeper. Sunderland still trying hard had another chance on 36 as Hors
ley beat Halliday in the box and his poked shot went wide of the near post. A minute later Morien again picked up a ball on the edge of the box and shot wide of the far post. On 42 a Francis free kick was headed goalwards only for Morris to tip over the bar, a minute later from a Francis short corner returned from Richardson, the cross come shot was deflected goalwards across the RCA goal. Dunston and Morien got the third goal after he deftly lobbed Morris after Pearson had played him into the area.

The score at half-time was Dunston 3 Sunderland RCA 0.     

Dunston came out after the break and on 46 minutes Smith broke through and shot was deflected by Morris and struck the post before going out of play. 4 minutes later, Francis made space and shot forcing Morris to save low to his left. Meanwhile Sunderland were still working hard to get back into the game and Horsley had a shot which Connell collected, on 53, Burrell replied with a low cross that Morris did well to collect. On 61, Burrell did well to control a high ball on the edge of the box; however his volleyed shot went over the bar. 2 minutes later Morien turned well on the edge of the box and his shot was deflected for a corner.
Sunderland replied with another Horsley shot which was blocked by Wilkinson and cleared. On 74, Francis put a 20 yard free kick just over Morris’ left upright. 4 minutes later Smith played a low cross into the area which was cleared before the Dunston forwards could pounce, this was followed by a back post cross by Francis which Bulford was just unable to redirect on target. On 81 minutes Pattison crossed into Horsley and his shot was partly blocked as Connell collected. On 82, Francis tried a 25 yard effort which dipped just after it went over the cross bar, then Bulford pulled a ball back into the area but no other Dunston forward could get close to it.

On 86, Bulford tried a shot from 18 yards but it went wide of the near post before Richardson unleashed a 25 yard shot which went over the bar. As the game approached 90 minutes Richardson scored Dunstons fourth goal after Smith had again played a low cross into the area, Richardson’s first shot was rebounded off the keeper and his powerful second shot flew into the net. Not content with 4 Halliday was fed in by Francis and his powerful shot on 90 minutes was well saved by Morris diving along his line.

Final Score Dunston UTS 4 Sunderland RCA 0

Dunston won the battle but RCA did not give in easily although they did not really trouble Connells goal at all. Dunston played well in parts although due to the tiresome RCA challenges in midfield were at times fighting to gain overall control. Overall a good performance by all involved for Dunston leaving room for improvement in future games.

Dunston’s Man of the Match: Dan Smith he worked tirelessly in midfield both at the back and up front, he scored a good goal and played in some dangerous crosses which could also have resulted in more goals. As previously stated however it was a good team performance with Morien, Richardson, Burrell Francis and Briggs creating opportunities while the defence coped well with the RCA attack. 

Dunston UTS: Connell, Pearson, Halliday, Burrell, Wilkinson (Martindale 83), Gilhespy, Smith, Francis, Richardson, Morien (Bulford 72), Briggs. Subs not used: Wilson, Hodgson.

Sunderland RCA: Morris, Davis, Armstrong, Brown (Carr 85), Hatch (Charlton 15), Jury, Noble, Hope, Hughes (Horsley 28), Proctor, Callen. Subs not used: Harkness, Smith.

Referee.. Matthew Dicicco
Assistants.. Tony Pattinson and Lewis Game.

Match pictures can be viewed HERE

Report by T.C.

Sunderland RCA Match Report HERE

Tim Robinson Match Pictures HERE

Next Home Game.
EBAC Northern League - Dunston UTS vs Whitley Bay on Saturday 22nd August 2015 3:00pm KO

Saturday, 8 August 2015

Bedlington Terriers 0 Dunston UTS 8

Dunston speed past Terriers..
EBAC Northern League
Saturday 8th August 2015
Bedlington Terriers 0
Dunston UTS 8
Dunston travelled for their first league fixture of the 2015‐16 up to Dr Pit Ground, South East Northumberland the home of Bedlington Terriers. For a change over the past seasons it is a nice sunny day and the pitch is dry although nowhere near the perfect playing conditions of the UTS Stadium. Manager Billy Irwin has a full squad to chose from as Steven Speedy Richardson recovers from a foot injury and takes his place in the forward line alongside top scorer of recent seasons Andrew Bulford unlucky not  to be in the starting line up are Liam Thear, Scott Martindale Dan Wilson and Malcolm Morien who all make the bench.

As early as the 4th minute, Dunston looked on top as Francis had a shot on target blocked and cleared, Bedlington replied as Walton turned on the edge of the box but Gilhespy blocked his shot, meanwhile the ball was played through for Richardson but the Bedlington keeper came out quickly and looked to have handled outside of his box as he blocked Speedys run, but the officials did not concur and play continued.
From a corner Stoneman headed wide of the target. On 10, Wilkinson met a Francis corner 10 yards out and he hammered home a volley firmly into the Bedlington net 1‐0 to Dunston. 3 minutes later Dunston were denied a penalty after Bulford chased down a ball which the goal keeper was unable to clear, as Bulford got past him the keeper blatantly fouled Bulford but the officials again did not concur and Again the keeper Staples was saved from disciplinary action. On 17, Dunston got their second goal again from a set play this time from the left, Francis played a low cross into the front post and Dan Halliday firmly hit it into the Bedlington net with his right foot.
Dunston were firmly in control although on occasions Bedlington did get breaks without really troubling Connell's goal. On 20, Richardson again was played into the Bedlington area sprinting from the halfway line, his shot was parried by Staples and the rebound fell to Francis whose shot was saved well by Staples. On 27, Matty Briggs showed the Bedlington defenders a clean pair of heels, getting into the box he drew Staples towards him where they collided leaving Staples on the ground a bit groovy, the referee blew to stop play as Briggsys shot was blocked by a defender.

On 33, McBride put in a Deep cross but Connelll watched it go over his bar. In full control Dunston only had one further chance in the half as Briggs got clear on 43, however his effort went wide of the target.

Half Time.. Bedlington 0 Dunston 2

Dunston resumed control after the break as Briggs shot on 47 was parried by Staples, before he recovered and collected the ball, the third goal was not long coming as Francis played a deep cross into the back post where Bulford was lurking and his header beat the defenders on the line. On 53, Smith crossed from the right and Little was fortunate as his skewed clearance went across goal for a corner. Bedlingtons McGlen was not so lucky as Briggs pinched the ball on the right apex of the area and unleashed a powerful drive past Staples and into the net for 4‐0 after 55 minutes.
On 57 Richardson again one v one on the keeper, Staples but he was unable to beat the Bedlington keeper on this occasion.

On 61 Pearson crossed and Bulfords' header was deflected towards the grateful Staples. 5 minutes later, Richardson got his reward as again he was played through the Bedlington defence and on this occasion drove an unstoppable shot under the approaching Staples for 5‐0 on 66 minutes.

A minute later, Thear on for Burrell crossed for Morien, also a replacement for Bulford, but his header was saved. On a rare venture into the Dunson box Stonebanks on 69 was able to head a cross back across goal towards Walton at the opposite post, Walton was however unable to direct the ball and it went safely out of play. On 75 Morien got in on the Dunston goal rush as he received a ball into the area from Wilson, on for Richardson, and he took it past Staples before placing the ball into the empty net 6‐0.
5 minutes later Morien met a low cross from Thear at the back post which he headed home for number 7. With 85 minutes on the clock Morien got his ten minute hat‐trick as he hammered home a shot from 20 yards out giving Staples no chance. Dunston carried on to the final whistle against a disconsolate Bedlington side as on 88 Francis put in a shot which Staples managed to tip over the bar and then Briggs collected a ball from a corner on 89 minutes which he hit just wide of the target.

Final Time Score... Bedlington 0 Dunston 8

The Dunston side fulfilled the wishes of the management and fans playing a game which had been promised in the pre-season friendly games along with their shooting boots they never gave Bedlington a realistic chance, in fact Connell did not have to make a save during the whole game. Whereas the Bedlington defence was continually in trouble with some great defence splitting balls that the Dunston forwards created with their runs along and across the back four. It was good to watch from a Dunston point of view while still leaving a little room for improvement.

Bedlington Terriers:

Staples, McGlen L, Skidmore (Nellis 26), Davison (Harvey 65), Little, Stoneman, McBride, Ferrell, Walton, Briggs D, Hudson. Subs not used: Stephenson, Nairn, McGlen K.

Dunston UTS:

Connelll, Pearson, Halliday, Burrell (Thear 65), Wilkinson, Gilhespy, Smith, Francis, Richardson (Wilson 67), Bulford (Morien 63), Briggs. Subs not used: Martindale Clark.
Referee.. Dave Watson.
Assistants..Stephen Birkiet and Kevin McKitterick.
Match Pictures can be viewed HERE

Programme £1:50


Next home game: v NL League Sunderland RCA on Wednesday 11 August 2015
7:30 pm Kick off.

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Dunston UTS 0 Whickham FC 0

4th August 2015
Memorial Charity Match.
Dunston UTS 0
Whickham FC 0
Attendance 183

Dunston entertained Whickham at the UTS for the annual charity game to remember John Farrey and Matty Annan with proceeds going to the British Heart Foundation. Once again Manager Billy Irwin has to shuffle his squad because of minor injuries to, but is also able to rest Luke Gilhespy, Dan Smith and Matty Briggs with Michael Dixon available for match practice and Liam Connell returning from his wedding in Mexico.

The game started in bright sunshine on a beautifully prepared pitch and both sides were showing that they were up for a challenge. Whickham created the first chance as Wilkinson had to head clear a dangerous cross from Fitzpatrick, Dunston replied immediately with Pearson putting in a low cross which was cleared, before Bulford had a shot cleared.

On 5 a Halliday throw in was cleared for the first corner which was headed over the bar by Wilkinson. Five minutes later Collins crossed into the Dunston area was cleared at the far post by Francis as Swanston closed in. On 13, Thear put in a strong low shot which Mordey did well to save, 2 minutes later Burrell headed a corner kick from Francis across the Whickham goal.

Play settled into a midfield challenge and Dunston almost took the lead as Thear played a neat one two with Morien, ending with a shot just past the far post. On 33 Whickham had a chance as Brown headed over from a Moulding free kick, again on 44 Pattison had a shot from 20 yards out just wide of the target. Dunston had a final chance of the half as Francis played in Morien on 44 who played a ball across to Bulford 4 yards out but his attempt went wide of the target, so it remained 0-0 at half time.

Dunston made changes at half time including the first run out of the season for Michael Dixon. On 46 Francis played a ball to the back post just too high for the incoming Dixon, Whickham replied with Fitzpatrick moving into the Dunston area and shooting across the Dunston goal. Again on 55 Fitzpatrick received the ball from Swanston and shot over the cross bar. On 58 Thear received a ball from Dixon and shot over the bar, 3.minutes later a low cross from Wilson saw Thear shoot wide of the target. On 65 Fitzpatrick tried to lob Connell but Connell stretched up and pushed the ball out to Harrison who was able to return it into Connells’ hands, a minute later Fitzpatrick had a shot which was inadvertently deflected wide of the far post off Gilhespy.
A minute later a Peareth cross was saved low down by Connell to his right. On 75, Harrison crossed just too high for Morien to direct his header on target which was deflected for a corner, before Fitzpatrick was played through but an alert and brave Connell came out and collected the ball off his legs. On 80 a deep cross by Francis had to be cleared by Wickham’s Fraser, a minute later Burrell fired in a shot which Mordey saved Just before Full time Broadhead was played into the block in front of goal, his shot missed the target this was followed on 89 minutes by a Burrell shot which was partially blocked as it was deflected to Mordey.

Final score Dunston 0 Whickham 0

Money Raised.. £650:00

This was a low key performance for the spectators as both sides seemed subdued or thinking about the first game of the season; although chances were developed the forwards from both sides seemed to lack the scoring touch. One bright spot for Dunston was the return of Michael Dixon for much needed match practice.

Dunston UTS: Connell, Pearson (Dixon 45), Halliday, Burrell, Atkinson, Martindale (Gilhespy 45), Harrison, Francis, Morien, Bulford (Wilson 45) Thear. Subs not used: Clark, Smith, Briggs.

Whickham: Mordey, Moulding, Rook, Brown, Fraser, Peareth, Collins (Broadhead 70), Jelley (Naisby 70), Swanston (Aiston 60), Fitzpatrick, Pattison (Oman 85) Subs not Used: Atkin. Hay

Referee.. Adam Herczeg
Assistants.. Jonny Urwin and Alex Clark

Match Pictures... Click Here

Next Game, League Fixture, 8th August 2015, away to Bedlington Terriers, Kick off 3pm

Saturday, 1 August 2015

Dunston UTS 4 Kendal Town 1

Dunston step up performance in second half....

1st August 2015
Dunston UTS 4
Kendal Town 1
Att 130

Dunston entertain Kendal United at UTS Stadium, Dunston again are still unable to field a First eleven as they still have players missing and players with niggling injuries. The pitch is in slick condition after the poor weather conditions over the last week.

Dunston started poorly in what seemed an after effect of the previous weeks’ games with most of the side playing their third game in 6 days and on 4 minutes a defensive error let in Kendal’s Wilkins who was able to pull a ball back to Bailey who fortunately for Dunston was unable to get power and direction into his shot which went wide. Dunston replied with Briggs getting the better of Towers and putting in a shot across the Kendal goal. On 8 minutes Carney was played in by a long ball forward he pulled a ball back into Wilkins who skewed a shot wide of the target.

A minute later Connerton laid a ball off to Carney who was able to poke a shot past Clark in the Dunston nets for the opening goal to Kendal. Dunston rallied and Bulford twisted and turned in the area before a defensive foot played a ball back to Francis whose shot went over the bar. On 11 Francis ran into the area and poked a shot on target forcing Rowlings to parry, the rebound fell to Francis who smacked it past Rowlings but was prevented from going over the line by Henry whose clearance via the post was eventually cleared from the area. On 16 Briggs won a ball in the Kendal area and pulled back to Bulford who shot just wide of the target.

Two minutes later Williams for Kendal crossed and Carney at the far post headed wide of the near post. On 22, Connerton tried a shot from 30 yards out which Clark collected and 5 minutes later Forbes had a shot from 20 yard which went over the bar. A subdued Dunston showing recent form only in glimpses nearly equalised as Morien received a throw in Turned and  shot just wide of the near post on 34, and then Hodgson headed over from a Francis corner kick. On 40 minutes Morien again let fly with a shot from in the box which was stopped by Rowlings.

Half time Score Dunston 0 Kendal Town 1.

Dunston made 3 changes at half time and settled into regaining their past form, on 50 Thear on as substitute turned and shot from an acute angle into the Kendal net for the equaliser. Dunston now settled and on 55 Wilson deftly chipped the ball over his head on to a Francis run into the box, however the ball just evaded him in front of goal. On 57 Francis dribbled into the area and played a low cross which was deflected by a defender for a corner. 2 minutes later Scott Martindale got in a header from a cross but it was deflected past the post.

On 67 Morien crossed from the right wing and a Thear header went just wide, before Kendal s’ Wilkins had a shot deflected wide by Gilhespy at the other end. Dunston by now were showing as the better side and on 71 minutes Thear smashed a 35 yard shot into the goal area only for a defender to block it and prevent its path into the goal.

A minute later Francis connected on a loose ball and powerfully shot into the Kendal net for Dunstons second goal. On 83 Wilson in the centre of goal 15 yards out received a pass which he flicked up and then turned and produced a great volley into the net past a stranded Rowlings and startled Kendal defence. Kendal still trying replied on 85 when Carney struck a free kick from 20 yards out past Clark and struck the cross bar, the rebound fell to the incoming Hamer who played his hurried shot wide of the target.

On 87, Carney again was unlucky as he struck a shot from point blank range 15 yards out and Clark forced it clear of the goal. As the game approached its final minutes Francis played in a corner which Wilkinson firmly headed on target, Rowlings efforts to prevent a goal were thwarted as the assistant signalled that the ball had crossed the line for 4- 1 to Dunston. Play restarted and the referee blew the final whistle for full time.

After a subdued first half, Dunston rallied in the second to overpower a Kendal side who proved to be good opponents, the revival was led by the midfield performance from Francis, and some slick flicks from Wilson. One again the defence were on par despite having to reorganise again.

Dunston UTS:  Clark, Gilhespy, Halliday (Pearson 65), Burrell, Martindale (Wilkinson 55), Hodgson, Smith, Francis, Morien, Bulford (Wilson 45), Briggs (Thear 45).

Kendal Town:- Rowlings, Towers, Henry (Pomieye 45), Forbes, Williams, Smalley, Carney, Bailey (Clark 45), Connerton (Hamer 45), Wilkins, Thomas 

Referee... Paul Brown
Assistants... Mal and Callum Hogath

Match Pictures Can Be Viewed Here

Next home game, Tuesday 4 August 2015 7:30pm KO.  versus Whickham a charity game in aid of the British Heart Foundation