Saturday, 28 November 2015

Morien hat-trick too good for Norton & Stockton


28th November 2015
EBAC Northern League Div. 1
Dunston UTS 4

Norton & Stockton 1
Att, 135
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Dunston returned to the UTS Stadium for the first time in November for their league fixture against Norton & Stockton whom Dunston have beaten twice, once in the League cup 5-0 and in the League 1-0, within that period. Dunston are still struggling with player availability through injuries and holidays but are still able to field a good strength side. Norton are fielding a side with many new names from their home recent games. The pitch although wet looks in good condition although players were slipping during the warm up.
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The game started cautiously as both sides battled the pitch for safety and security of footing while maintaining respect for the opposition, however it was Dunston who drew first blood as Richardson was played in behind the Norton defence on 8 minutes, he got to the by-line and his low cross into the goal area found Morien on hand to tap home from 2 yards out. Norton replied with Brown unleashing a 20 yard shot which Clark saved diving to his left.

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On 12, Burrell played in Morien who laid off to Richardson but the Norton defence rallied and cleared the danger. Disaster struck for Dunston on 16, as Francis wide on the right was forced to play back to Clark, only to see his pass powerfully slide across Clark freeing Charmey with an easy route unchallenged and play the ball into the net for the equaliser.
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Dunston rallied and Shaw broke on the left wing and his pass into the found Morien who shot wide of the target. On 20, Collantine on the Norton left wing shot which went across the Dunston goal and wide. On 22, Morien broke through the Norton defence, with the goalkeeper advancing, he laid the ball off to Richardson whose attempt on target was deflected by Thackery who was well outside his area and the ball went to safety. On 25 Richardson was substituted after injuring himself while slipping on the wet surface, introducing Bowey to midfield with Gary Shaw pushing up to the forward line.
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On 31 Shaw crossed and Thackery punched clear as Morien approached. Norton were trying to stay in the game and on 36 Elgie turned on the edge of the box and shot wide of the Dunston goal, before Shaw broke clear of the Norton defence and into the box were he stumbled after a definite push by the challenging defender, but not given by the referee, and the ball was cleared. On 38 Burrell tried a chip shot which Thackery managed to get around the post, and again on 41, Burrell had a shot on target with the goal keeper off his line, which struck Morien and went out for a goal kick. A minute later Halliday had a 25 yard shot which went wide of the near post. Just on half time Gary Shaw played in a cross which was too long for the advancing Dunston players.
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Half time score 1-1
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Norton got the first chance of the second half as Martin headed over the bar from a Brown cross on 48 minutes. Five minutes later a Norton defender passed back to Thackery who slipped and saw the ball go just past his near post. After a short period of Norton pressure which was controlled by a diligent Dunston defence and Clark who saved a Collantine shot on 55, Dunston replied with Francis playing a ball into Morien, unfortunately it was too strong and the Norton defence cleared the chance. On 59 Bowey had 2 chances from inside the box the first was partially cleared and the second was saved well by Thackery.
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Dunston took the lead on 64 when Thackery failed to clear a Gary Shaw free kick from the right wing, the ball fell into a packed goal mouth and Morien was on hand to smash it home from 2 yards, two minutes later Shaw again played in a low cross which evaded all the Dunson attacking players and went across the field. On 69 Morien shot straight at Thackery stationed on his near post and then a minute later Morien had another shot deflected by a defender for a corner. On 74 Francis crossed and the ball was played out for a corner before Morien got his third goal on 79 as he picked up a loose ball 45 yards out, he advanced into the Norton box and shot home, 3 -1 to Dunston.
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Norton were thwarted on 81 as Clark dis well to punch clear under a heavy challenge from Mulligan. Dunston were still pushing on and on 82 Francis saw a shot off the outside of his foot pushed clear by Thackery. On 86 Shaw got his reward for a good game as he was played into the Norton box and fired home a shot from 15 yards out. Just before full time Morien almost got his fourth from 2 yards out but Thackery again somehow scrambled it clear and the Pearson almost made it 5 for Dunston as he did well to control a cross from Shaw in the box before shooting just wide of the far post.
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Final Score: Dunston UTS 4 Norton & Stockton 1
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Dunston thoroughly deserved this victory after mastering the conditions, although a strong Norton side did not make it easy. Dunston controlled most of the game and Clark was only called into action for a few times when the stern Dunston defence lapsed. The introduction of the Bowey for the injured Steven Richardson was a fortunate and good change as his experience balanced the Dunston midfield. The goals were well taken by Morien and Shaw to establish the victory.
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Dunston’s Man of the Match: Malky Morien – another 3 goals to his tally he is establishing himself as a striker in this Dunston side who are all starting to work hard for the good of the team. Malky’s partnership initially with Richardson was producing opportunities against the opposition, and later his role leading the line with the assistance of Gary Shaw saw some promising moves and when chances came he was not shy in forcing the ball into the net.
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Dunston UTS: Clark, Pearson, Halliday, Burrell, Martindale, Gilhespy, Smith, Francis, Richardson (Bowey 25). Morien, Shaw. Subs not used: Harrison, Wilkinson, Thear
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Norton & Stockton: Thackery, Lovegreen, Jackson, Laing, Mulligan, Morley, Charmey, Brown, Martin, Elgie (Blackburn 72), Collantine (Williamson 72). Subs not used: Young, O’Brien, Cocks.
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Referee, Adam Williamson, Assistants, Martin Conroy, Adam Donaldson
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Report by T.C.




Saturday, 21 November 2015

Dunston overpower Bay to proceed in Vase..

21st November 2015
FA Vase Round 2
Whitley Bay 1

Dunston UTS 2 (Morien 2)
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Dunston were on their travels again in their first game of the FA Vase this season to play fellow Vase Winners and Northern League side Whitley Bay on a freezing cold day.
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The Hillheads pitch had passed an inspection and looked good from the side lines after the rain, snow and driving winds in the last week. Dunston had selection issues with Connell injured, Wilkinson suspended, Bowes, Fisher and Shaw all cup-tied but welcomed the return of Harrison and Goddard to the squad. Whitley were glad to be starting a game after their recent postponement against Newcastle Benfield, while Dunston travelled to fellow league top side Guisborough which produced a hard earned draw despite a reoccurring injury to goalkeeper Liam Connell after 10 minutes.
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Dunston nearly took an early lead on 16 sec as Morien took advantage of a loose defensive clearance by Bramley and released a dipping volley which just went over the bar. Dunston were pushing Bay back and on 9, Richardson put in a low cross which Anderson deflected for a corner, from the corner Martindale got up well and his header was deflected over the bar by Jennison. A minute later and Gilesphy did well to mop up a Whitley breakaway and protect the Dunston area.
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On 17, Smith was cautioned for a poor diving in challenge at the halfway line. After 21, Morien tried a free kick from 22 yards out which beat the wall and Jennison had to save, this was followed by a Richardson attack down the left wing which saw his shot deflected by Laws past the far post. Whitley replied with a Kempster cross that Clark collected to relieve the pressure. Dunston replied on 25 with a Richardson volley under a challenge from 18 yards out which went just wide of the near post.
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Kempster replied for Bay with a turning shot from 10 yards out which went over the bar. Dunston applied pressure but needed a goal to press home their performance and on 34 Dale Burrell had 3 attempts within a minute thwarted by a harried Bay defence as first a header was partially cleared off the line by Kempster, then as the ball fell loose a poked shot from 6 yards hit the post and bounced out and then a shot from 15 yards was well saved by Jennison pushing it around the post.
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Whitley striving to get in the game had a chance on 37 as Laws header from a Kempster free kick was saved by Clark. Dunston trying to open their account had a Francis effort from 10 yards out deflected for a corner on 38, 4 minutes later Thear had a shot saved by Jennison from 18 yards and just on half time a Morien header off a Francis corner was saved by Jennison.
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Half Time Score Whitley Bay 0 Dunston 0
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Whitley Bay came out strong in the second half and on 46 only a good tackle by Francis on Hughes stopped a shot on target, however it was Dunston on 47 who opened their account as Richardson broke through and his pass across to Morien allowed him to slot home passed an advancing Jennison for a deserved 1-0 to Dunston. Dunston almost doubled their tally on 50 as Morien hammered home a shot past Jennison only to be ruled offside, again on 53 Morien got an easy chance to score but his effort flew over the bar.

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Morien turned provider, as he laid a ball off to Richardson whose shot was saved. Dunston got their surprise second goal on 68, as Jennison who had had a good game, came out of his area to clear the ball, however the ball hit a soft patch and went under his foot allowing Morien to proceed onwards to goal and score his and Dunston’s second. On 69 Smith played a header back across the Whitley goal but the Dunston attackers were unable to connect, and a minute later Thear got into the box rounded the keeper but a timely tackle back by Gibson stopped a certain goal.
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Again on 71, Dunston were unable to take advantage of a spilled ball from the keeper from a low cross and the ball was cleared. On 75 Whitley got their goal which was a screaming shot by un marked Bertram from 18 yards out giving Clark no chance. Goddard on as substitute for a battered Richardson got an immediate chance of glory but was beaten by a last gasp challenge which ensured the chance was lost.

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Dunston were in control of the game although Whitley were fighting hard and on 84 almost scored again as Francis was played into position by a sideways free kick from Burrell but his shot from 25 yards went just over the bar. Dunston controlled the game reducing Whitley to a last minute volleyed shot by Norris which went wide of the target.
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Final Score: Whitley Bay 1 Dunston UTS 2
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Dunston thoroughly deserved this victory and could, and should have been 2 or 3 goals up at half time, but after Whitley came at them strong from the second half kick-off it was Dunston who broke and scored through Morien after a pass from Richardson, Dunston however needed a second and it came from a previously confident Jennison error as lack of bounce off the pitch combined to allow the Morien in to walk the ball home.
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Whitley rallied and got, what proved to be a consolation goal from a Bertram screamer which gave Clark no chance, however Dunston then were composed and able to play out the remainder of the game without conceding and could have in fact increased their lead.
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Dunston’s Man of the Match: Dale Burrell - back to his best and as captain lead his side by example to a deserved victory, on blemish was a caution for a couple of silly fouls and questioning the referees decisions
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Whitley Bay: Jennison, Gibson, McDonald, Anderson, Laws (Norris 79), Bramley, Hughes, Bertram, Shanks (Williamson 72), Bell, Kempster. Subs not used: Gladstone, Richardson, Day.
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Dunston UTS: Clark, Pearson, Halliday, Burrell, Martindale, Gilhespy, Smith, Francis, Richardson (Goddard 78). Morien, Thear. Subs not used: Harrison, Connell, Tucker.

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Report by T.C.

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Next Home Game...
EBAC Northern League Div. 1 - vs Norton & Stockton on 28th November 2015,

3:00pm KO

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

League Cup, Dunston Through To Round 3

11th November 2015
Northern League Cup Round 2
Norton & Stockton 0
Dunston UTS 1 (Thear)

Match report thanks to James Cartwright Can Be Viewed HERE

Dunston UTS :- Connell, M. Pearson, Gilhespy, Fisher, Burrell, Wilkinson, Smith, Francis, Richardson, Morien, (Bowey on for Morien 89), Thear. Sub not used, Halliday.

Luke Gilhespy replaced Gary Shaw prior to kick off due to injury.

Referee, C. Dean. Assistants, P. Yuill, S. Birkett.

Dunston's next game, League Fixture away to Guisborough Town, 18th November 2015,
Kick Off 7:45pm.

Saturday, 7 November 2015

Dunston beat Seaham and the referee too...

7th November 2015
EBAC Northern League Division 1
Seaham Red Star 1
Dunston UTS 3
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Dunston travelled in heavy rain to Wearside to play newly promoted Seaham Red Star, after a late inspection the referee ruled the pitch playable despite the very heavy rain which left the outside areas of the pitch puddled but as they did not spread onto the pitch was probably  the right decision. Dunston however were still struggling to name a full squad due to injuries and suspensions but had been strengthened by the signing of Steve Bowes the ex Benfield player manager who took a place on the bench as manager Billy Irwin had to resuffle his squad especially in the back four. Seaham who have struggled with results and were hovering just above the bottom three despite having a squad of experienced Northern League players.
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The game started with both sides looking to secure their footing on a slippery surface and Seaham got the first chance as Gray played into Kerr whose shot was blocked for a corner, the game continued with Seaham committing silly fouls in their defensive third but Dunston
ailed to take advantage with free kicks which never tested the keeper Newbrooke.
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On 15 however Morien beat his man in the box and played a low cross into the goal area which was cleared over the bar as Richardson moved in, the resulting corner was blocked and cleared away from the danger area. Seaham were playing the long ball game and it nearly paid off on 22 as McBryde tried to flick a shot past Connell who collected the ball. 3 minutes later Wing tried a 20 yard shot which went wide of Connell far post. On 27 Dunston took the lead as Richardson headed a long ball into Morien's run who controlled and shot home past Newbrooke and into the net. Two minutes later Francis played an inch perfect cross into the goal area and Smith who approached unmarked tried a first touch side footed shot which somehow went past the post.
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Dunston did not have to wait long for the second as Morien tried a shot from 25 yards out in the 32 minute which was deflected up and past an advancing Newbrooke and into the net, 2-0 to Dunston. A minute later Burrell went on a great marauding run down the right wing and his cross whichever found Morien who was just unable to divert the ball into the net at the far post. Dunston were on a roll and on 36, Morien went down the left wing and his cross was somehow deflected over the cross bar by a defender under pressure, from the corner taken by Francis, Burrell rose majestically and headed powerfully into the ground and Newbrooke did very well to tip the ball just over his cross bar. On 39 a good turn by Thear on the left created space for his cross which was collected by the keeper.
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Seaham fought back and on 43 Connell saved with his foot as Robinson shot after being played into the box. Just before the half time break Pearson played in a good cross but Newbrooke did well to collect.
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Half time score 2-0 to Dunston.
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Dunston got the first chance of the second half as Thear had a shot on 46 which was blocked and cleared. Seaham had come out recharged over the interval and on 50, Donnelly got a header from a Kerr free kick which Connell had to tip over the bar, Dunston replied with a Francis low cross come shot which was deflected wide of the far post on 55, before Thear met a low cross into the goal area and his reaction shot rebounded off the cross bar from 4 yards out. A minute later Seaham replied with a Wing free kick which Connell parried and then collected.
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Malcolm Morien scores his second.
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The referee was now giving soft free kicks to the Seaham side and on 58, a Kerr free kick was bundled into the net by McBryde at the far post as Connell was unable to cut out the ball sprawling his body towards the post to make the score 2-1 to Dunston.
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On 61 Seaham could have levelled as Reay crossed into the box and his fellow substitute Noble was unable to control and the ball 6 yards out and the ball bounced into Connell's arms. Dunston replied with a strong Morien free kick which went just past the far post from 25 yards out. Seaham were beginning to build up a head of steam and on 64 Shaw did well to block a cross by McBryde. On 67, Thear played a strong cross into the Seaham area which was cleared, before Francis was played into the box and was just unable to control the ball and shoot from 6 yards out on 68.
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Two minutes later, Francis was in his own box blocking a shot from Kirkup. The game was heating up and Wilkinson on 70 minutes made a rash challenge on the half way line, and as Seaham had the advantage play was waved on with Reay racing down the Seaham right and then into box were a challenge averted the danger, however Wilkinson was sent off for a second caution for the foul. On 75, a long kick from Connell's hands was headed backwards by a defender and went just past Newbrooke's right post for a corner. On 80 Reay again broke down the right and entered the box as he tried to shoot Shaw put in a great challenge, applauded even by the Seaham fans, to play the ball of play for a corner, which the referee some how saw as a foul and awarded a penalty.
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After a period of time which saw further cautions for Dunston players who were appealing against the decision, Noble stepped up to strike the penalty low to Connell's right, Liam reacted and blocked the ball out towards Pearson who promptly played the ball up the field Morien collected and raced into the box rounded Newbrooke and placed the ball into the net for 3-1 to Dunston after 80 minutes played.
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Seaham had one further chance on 85 minutes which Connell saved, injuring his shoulder in the process and Pearson cleared the area. Dunston then played out the remainder of the game with Seaham failing to take advantage of their extra man.
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Full Time Score. Seaham Red Star 1 Dunston UTS 3
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If ever a referee could spoil a game of football this one did in the first half he gave petty free kicks against both sides while missing some blatant fouls, in the second half as the conditions worsened he and his assistant were worse and the awarding of the penalty was blatantly, an error as both sets of fans agreed, however justice was served as Connell saved the kick and the cleared ball was brilliantly collected by Morien who rounded the Seaham keeper for his hat-trick and seventh goal in two games.
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One poor part of Dunston's was their discipline against a referee who was never going to change his mind even if he was wrong.
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Dunston Man of the Match: Dale Burrell - back to his best, playing at centre back he was majestic and even had the odd good run up the wing to cause the Seaham defence problems, and also at corners where he was unfortunate not to score past the Seaham keeper Newbrooke. Normally three goals would have got awarded a MOM award for Morien but the defensive work by Dale was more impressive. The remainder of the team performances were good on a difficult pitch especially in the last 20 minutes after Wilkinson was sent off.
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Seaham RS: Newbrooke, Donnelly, Gray, Wing, Thorp, Kirkup, Kane, Kerr, Robinson J (Noble 57), McBryde (Gardiner 69), Robinson D (Reay 57). Subs not used: Bird, Galbraith.
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Dunston UTS: Connell, Pearson, Shaw, Fisher, Wilkinson, Burrell, Smith, Francis, Richardson (Bowey 84), Morien (Hewittson 89), Thear (Tucker 84). Sub not used: Clark
 
Referee, C. Ellis, Assistants, D. Jackson and G. Scott.
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Programme, £1:50
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Report By T.C.
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Dunston's next home game vs Norton & Stockton 28 November 2015, KO 3.00 pm.