Saturday, 30 January 2016

Dunston Unable to get winner...

30 January 2016
FA Vase Round 5
Ashford United 1
Dunston UTS 1 aet
Attendance 636

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Dunston were on their travels again this time to Ashford in Kent 330 miles away so the team and some supporters began the trip at 12:30 pm on Friday and stayed over at Maidstone , a quiet night for the players but yet another enjoyable night in the local hostelries for the supporters. Ashford play on a 3G surface so for the third game in a row Dunston will have to master the surface against FA Vase opposition.
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Dunston still have players out through being cup tied, but have signed Josh Clark in mid week from Spennymoor, to again strengthen the side. Liam Thear is left out of team but on the bench as he is injured, stitches in the shin, as a precaution. Ashford started strongly and forced Dunston on the back foot on what was an unfriendly surface for the Dunston players against a strong wind, on 10 minutes Palmer picked up from loose Dunston defensive clearance and swung in a cross to Welford at the back post whose header back across Connell went in at the far corner to give Ashford the lead.

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Dunston were fighting a losing battle against the pitch and the wind until after 30 minutes when their fortunes changed and they narrowly missed getting the equaliser, Ashford still pushed on and tried to get a second but did not trouble Connell. The second half started with a big chance as Palmer broke but his shot was blocked, Dunston were immediately on the attack and Burrell shot over after Richardson had laid off the ball at the edge of the box.
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Dunston started to control the game from 50 minutes and on 62, Francis played a ball into Morien in the box, Morien played the ball to Guerin who shot home from 12 yards and the equaliser. Dunston now were in control, but with the wind speed dropping and the odd breakaway by Palmer, they could not get the winner, although there were efforts from Richardson who hit the base of the post on 77, and into the side netting on 85 from a Francis corner after Harrison had a shot turned over the bar by Kamurisi. As the game went into added time a Morien free kick went wide and just before the full time whistle Morien played a shot across goal only for Kamurisi stopping the ball low down at the front post and the game progressed into extra time.
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Full Time score. Ashford Utd. 1 Dunston UTS 1
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Dunston almost broke the deadlock on 94 as Guerin played in Richardson who laid off to Harrison who burst into the box only to be forced out of play, on 95 Palmer again shot wide, before Francis shot from 25 yards, over the bar and then Pearson had a cross punched clear by Kamurisi as far as Richardson whose shot was blocked and cleared. On 100 Phillips could not divert a Scoburgh cross goalwards at the back post. On 101 , Morien shot wide from in the box before Francis shot across the charmed Ashford goal.
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On 109 it looked odds on a goal for Dunstonas Morien turned on the edge of the box, rode a tackle which made him stumble as Kamurisi came out and blocked colliding with Morien in the process, the loose ball was cleared And both Morien and Kamurisi were Cautioned for the Melendez that followed. On 113 , Connell made a match winning save as Booth jinxed his way to the edge of the Dunston box and released a drive shot that he pushed up in the air and then collected.

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Dunston pushed on again and Morien swept a Burrell cross past the near post, before a Smith cross was cleared as far as Pearson shot went in on target UT was saved. In yet another Ashford breakaway Palmer played in a low cross which was deflected wide for a goal kick. Dunston again tried to force the winner but it was not to be scored as Palmer again broke away on long clearance which was only stopped by a good challenge by Gilhespy.
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Extra Time Full Time score. Ashford Utd. 1 Dunston UTS. 1
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Dunston Man of the Match: Steven Richardson, Spedy's link up play was a main source of Dunstons opportunities which were not taken. The team performance was good after a shaky start and going a goal down they battled and should have went on to win the game, Ashford could not match them in the second half and were restricted to the odd long ball clearance and Palmer runs on the right wing but all in all Connell's goal was protected by some solid defensive work.
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Ashford Utd: Kamurasisi, Cuthbert A, Wooley, Dalton (Green 73) , Cuthbert L, Kingwell, Palmer, Phillips, Welford (Scoburgh 67), Booth, Hassan, (Lyon 73). Subs not used: Lewin, Savage.
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Dunston UTS: Connell, Pearson, Halliday (Guerin 55), Burrell, Wilkinson, Gilhespy, Harrison, Francis, Richardson, Morien, Smith. Subs not used: Clark A , Clark J, Steinmetz, Thear.

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Referee: Carl Brook, Assistants: Leigh Crownhurst, Matthew Goldsmith
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Report by T.C.
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FA Vase Replay v's Ashford rearranged for 6 February 2016 KO 3:00 pm

 

Saturday, 23 January 2016

Dunston Put Two Past The Citizens

23rd January 2016
Northern League Division One
Dunston UTS 2
Durham City 0
Attendance 207
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Dunston were back home and the pitch is playable after the last 2 months of rain, to play Durham City in a hastily rearranged date after Morpeth Town, their listed opponents were due to play North Shields in the 4th Round of the FA Vase. Dunston were without the injured Liam Thear (shin injury) and Scott Martindale (suspension), with manager Billy Irwin away watching next week’s opponents Ashford United in Kent, his assistant manager Tony Harrison fielded a side which saw Dale Burrell and Alex Francis rested but taking their places on the bench. Durham who have lost their home pitch and now play out of Consett on the 3G pitch, fielded a side including David Coulson who played for Dunston last season.
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Dunston started well on the sticky but superb looking surfaces and in the 2nd minute Morien took a free kick 20 yards out which Flynn tipped onto the cross bar and across the goal where Richardson got his head to the ball but the ball went wide, a minute later Gary Shaw played in a low cross which defied all and went harmlessly across the penalty box. On 8, Bowey received a lay off from Morien and shot over the bar from 25 yards. Durham gradually worked their way into the game and on 10 Nicholas Allen beat the Dunston defence but shot over the bar from 20 yards, and again 4 minutes later Saunders got through to shoot into the side netting. On 16 a Fisher corner forced Flynn to clear his line with a punch. On 23 Bowey again tried his luck from 35 yards after a short free kick but saw his shot go over the bar. On 32, Bakhti drove a low ball into the goal area; Connell parried the ball allowing Fisher to clear the danger area, a minute later Harrison on for the injured Halliday drove in a low cross which Durham did well to clear.
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On 35, Fisher played a defence splitting ball through for Richardson but the ball was collected by the alert Flynn, before Smith broke on the right his cross found Morien who headed down to Bowey who shot over the bar. On 41, Morien turned supplier on the left when he drove in a low cross which was just too strong for Richardson; however Richardson recovered the ball and crossed to Morien whose shot was saved by Flynn. Durham retaliated with Haley breaking through the Dunston defence only to shoot wide of the target. Dunston took the lead on 44 when Morien was played in behind the Durham defence and after taking control slotted a shot past the advancing Flynn and into the net. On 45 Shaw attempted to round Flynn but Flynn did well to block only for the ball to fall to Morien who immediately tackled and the ball was cleared. Just before the half time whistle Harrison played in a cross which was met by Bowey with a header that went wide.
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Half- time Score Dunston 1 Durham City 1
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Dunston came out firing again after the break with Moriem playing through to Richardson whose shot was parried by Flynn, Durham replied with Saunders breaking on the left wing and crossing for Allen, but Dunston cleared the ball up-field and Richardson forced a corner. On 50 Haley played in a shot just wide of the target and 2 minutes later a poor back pass by Harrison to Connell who was challenged by Saunders, Connell however was able to recover the situation and collected the ball. On 66, the referee turned down a strong Dunston appeal for a penalty and a minute later Shaw played a corner kick right across the Durham goal and to safety, before a minute later Morien picked up a loose defensive ball on the edge of the Durham box and made sure of the result as he stroked the ball past Flynn and into the net for 2- 0 to Dunston.
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Durham still kept on trying as the pitch started to take its toll on players’ legs and on 73 Saunders broke through, with Pearson challenging as Connell advanced Saunders hurriedly poked his shot wide, on 85, Golledge tried a low shot but Connell collected. Guerin on as a substitute for Richardson beat his marker and crossed, the ball was cleared as far as Bowey whose 20 yard shot struck the cross bar and bounced clear. Dunston continued to push and Pearson played in a good cross which was cleared. Durham again broke on 87 and Gilbey’s cross was headed over by King at the back post before Morien played in a cross which Flynn did well to collect as Guerin attacked the ball.
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Final Score: Dunston 2 Durham City 0
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Dunston back playing on grass after nearly a month played well to subdue a battling Durham performance; Dunstons’ strength in midfield in the leg sapping ground, gave them the advantage to secure the points with the goal scoring Morien getting a brace to add to his high scoring season tally whilst Dunston still had to maintain a vigilant role on the spritely Sanders and the grafting Golledge. This was a good grafting performance by Dunston faring them well for the next fixture in the FA Vase against Ashford United
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Dunston’s Man of the Match: Dan Smith – in a game that demanded strong characters in the middle of the park, Dan excelled alongside the other midfield player Steven Bowey, Matty Fisher and Gary Shaw which saw Dunston control the game. Two goals from Malky Morien who worked well with Steven Richardson ensured the victory while Luke Gilhespy kept control in defence in what was a good team performance on a sticky pitch against battling opponents.  
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Dunston UTS: Connell, Pearson, Halliday (Harrison 30), Fisher, Wilkinson (Burrell 45), Gilhespy, Smith, Bowey, Richardson (Guerin 69), Morien, Shaw. Subs not used: Clark, Francis
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Durham City: Flynn, Gilbey, Bakhti (Carr 74), Archer (King 60), Wilkinson, Coulson, Lawrence, Haley, Saunders, Golledge, Allen N (Stead 70). Subs not used: Allen J, Williams
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Referee, Adam Williamson, Assitants, Jonathan Urwin and Andrew Botha.
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Match Pictures can be viewed
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Report by T.C.

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Next Game. - FA Vase 5th Round – Ashford United v Dunston UTS 30th January 2016, 3:00 pm KO, Contact Committee to enquire about the availability of the Supporters bus, good value at £40 per head leaving at 6:30 am and returning at 6:00 pm.
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Next Home game - Northern EBAC League v Penrith on 9th February 2016 7:30 pm KO

Sunday, 17 January 2016

Dunston Survive to Beat Gallant Coleshill in Extra Time

16th January 2016
FA Vase Round 4
Coleshill Town. 1
Dunston UTS 3. Aet (1-1 after 90 minutes)

Attendance 223
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Dunston travelled south to Coleshill near Birmingham in a 4th Round FA Vase tie on Coleshill's new 3G pitch which has negated the frost and rain of the past 2 months and ensures that a game would be played. Dunston have a squad which is depleted of the cup- tied players, Bowey, Fisher and Shaw but are still able to field a strong startingline up after their 3rd round 1-0 victory against Seaham RS. Coleshill have the advantage of their pitch and last week produced a 10-1 victory in the league againstsecond bottom Dunkirk. It promises to be a competitive game.
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Dunston took an early lead with a Dale Burrell chipped shot over Hathaway and both sides battled in a reasonably even first half but Coleshill could not break the Dunston defence. After the interval Coleshill had the incentive to again push on for the equaliser and pressed the Dunston defence back but it was a real moment of magic as substitute Johnson jinxed one way and then the other to create an opening which saw him send a shot which went across the goal and into the top corner of the Dunston net hitting boththe cross bar and the inside of the post giving Connell no chance of making a save.
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The game entered extra time and both sides were now evenly matched but it was Dunston who got the goal when Steven Richardson met a Guerin drive into the Coleshill goal area and turned the ball into the net. In a period of madness by Coleshill, which saw three players being dismissed for three different occasion alongside an injury to the scorer Colbourne, saw Coleshill's chances of a replay fade as Dunston played the ball around the field. In the second half of extra time, Guerin added a third goal after Francis crossed from the right and he slotted his shot past a helpless Hathaway ensuring that the victory was Dunston's
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The game started with both sides testing each other and it was Dunston who got the first chance on 3 minutes as a Francis free kick from the right wing had to be cleared for a corner, from the corner Wilkinson had a header which Hathaway saved pushing the ball out in the direction of Richardson who shot wide of the near post. Coleshill replied and they won a free kick on the left which the Dunston defence cleared, on 5, Richardson looking sharp attacked the defence, the ball was partially cleared to Francis who shot from 20 yards but this was also cleared. On 9 a throw in from Halliday was headed on by Morien to Burrell who seeing Hathaway off his line played in a chipped shot which entered the Coleshill net for the opening goal of the game.

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Coleshill were immediately on the offensive as Quanor shot from 20 yards out straight into Connell' midriff, on 14 Smith had a shot from the edge of the box and Hathaway saved, a minute later Leek played in a low cross right across the Dunston area evading all in its path to safety, this was followed by an Adkins attack for Coleshill as he went through two strong challenges in the box only to see his effort go wide of the far post. Dunston were battling to protect their lead and Coleshill had chances on 23 as Connell thwarted a pass from Quanor to Beckley and on 27 when Wilkinson cleared the ball from a Leek cross for a corner and then on 30 as a Leek shot was deflected and Connell collected. Dunston had a chance on 41 as Smith played in cross which was deflected for a corner, the corner was cleared before Milligan for Coleshill shot wide from a right wing cross from 15 yards out. Just before half time Edwards headed over from a Quanor free kick.
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Half time score: 1-0 to Dunston

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The second half started with Richardson being played into the Coleshill box, his first shot hit the keeper only for the rebound to hit Richardson and go out of play for a corner. Coleshill were determined to get an equaliser and on 52, Smirkle shot and Connell had to push the ball wide before collecting, on 53 Smirkle shot from 25 yards which Connell collected. Coleshill continued to apply pressure on a steadfast Dunston defence which was only relieved as Leek played the ball out for a goal kick. On 60, Coleshill were awarded a free kick on the edge of the box in the centre of the goal, the free kick was taken by Adkins which Connell saved. On 62, a Francis corner was deflected over the cross bar by Smith, and 3 minutes later Francis collected a ball in the area and did well to force a corner. Still pushing hard Coleshill had chances on 68 as Leek broke into the box playing onto Beckley but Connell intervened and collected the ball and then on 71, Colborne got in a header which was headed clear off the line. 
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Dunston lost Thear on 72 with a gashed leg in a challenge which required a visit to hospital for stitches. From a free kick just inside the Coleshill half by Hathaway, Evans released a shot which went wide of the target. On 80, Beckley played in a low shot which Connell collected, before on 85, Dunston almost increased their lead as Wilkinson headed wide from a Richardson cross. A minute later Coleshill got their reward as Johnson collected on the edge of the box , jinxing first to his left and then to his right he beat two men before unleashing a shot which hit both the back post and the underside of the cross bar giving Connell no chance.

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On 89, Pearson almost scored but his shot come cross went wide of the post, as the game went into added on time both sides were still looking for a winner and Coleshill had a last minute effort in the 5th added on minute as a Beckley shot was almost turned in by Johnson at the back post. Evans was sent off for a second caution after making a last ditch challenge as Dunston broke.
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Full Time Score. Coleshill Town. 1 Dunston UTS 1
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In the third minute of extra time Johnson had a stopped by Connell and then cleared by Pearson, in the 96 minute Adkins played in a free kick which Connell saved. Dunston fighting back almost scored as Smith had a header cleared of the line before Guerin played a low cross into the area were Richardson was unmarked and able to turn the ball into the net for 2-1 to Dunston. The events which followed saw Adkins was sent off for a challenge on Burrell, followed by yet another reckless challenge by Rathbone on the by line ending his time on the pitch. In added on time Guerin had a shot saved by Hathaway before Johnson had a shot saved by Connell and then then headed over the bar from a corner. Dunston almost scored on 106 as Francis crossed for Guerin whose shot was saved low down by Hathaway.

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On 110 minutes Guerin secured the result again slotting home a low cross from Francis on the right. 3 - 1 to Dunston, on 117 minutes Richardson broke through the still resilient Coleshill defence and was one on one on the keeper but his shot hit Hathaway and then off bounced off Richardson for a goal kick, again a minute later Richardson forced a good save from Hathaway as he pushed his shot over the bar, wIthin another minute Guerin swept another cross from Francis beating Hathaway but hitting the post and bouncing out of play.
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Dunston Man of the Match: Liam Connell - Liam pulled of some important saves and kept his side still in the game. The defence played well led by Luke Gilhespy and it was an overall team performance which all the players can be proud of.
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Coleshill Town: Hathaway, Evans, Quanor, Edwards, Race, Adkins, Leek, Milligan (Rathbone 72), Beckley, Dainty (Johnson 65), Smirkle (Colborne 70). Subs not used: Lewers, Clarke,
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Dunston UTS: Connell, Pearson, Halliday, Burrell, Wilkinson, Gilhespy, Smith, Francis, Richardson, Morien (Guerin 90+2) Thear (Brooks 72, Steinmetz 110). Sub not used: Clark, Harrison
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Dunston's next home game TBA

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Next FA Vase game away to Ashford United (Kent) 30 January 2016 3:00 Kick Off
(660 miles round trip) More info can be viewed Here

We all stand together Blog and pictures about the game can be read here

Saturday, 9 January 2016

FA Vase R3, 1-0 win over Seaham RS.

FA Vase R3
9th January 2016
Dunston UTS 1
Seaham Red Star 0
Played at Consett AFC.

Dunston were on their travels again this time at a rearranged home fixture venue as the Dunston pitch was unplayable due to the excessive rainfall over the last month. The rearranged fixture was to be played at the Belle View Stadium, Consett on fellow Northern League side Consett FC 3G all weather pitch. Even that did not mean that the game would be played as a heavy mist enshrouded the area reducing visibility to about 60 yards, however with both sides eager to play and there being no danger to the players the referee had decided to start the game. Both sides had to make changes to their normal selections due to cup-tied players and suspensions, but both were able to field competitive teams.
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Dunston thoroughly deserved this victory and should have been 2 or 3 goals up at half time but for their off target shooting when chances occurred. In the second half Dunston continued to boss the game except for the odd occasion when Seaham mustered an attack but the Dunston defence in the main controlled the situation. Dunston were still missing the shooting boots as the game progressed into added on time when Dan Halliday played in a cross to the near post and Dunston top scorer Malky Morien met it with a glancing header which hit the back of the net with 90 seconds of play to go. Seaham rallied and forced a corner and in the last seconds of the game Dunston were able to withstand the barrage to complete a hard earned victory and a 4th round tie next week against Coleshill Town FC (near Coventry) again on a newly laid 3G pitch.

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In the 4th minute Seaham gained the first corner of the game which Dunston partially cleared before a ball was played back in which Connell dealt with. Dunston were playing a good game in midfield and progressing to push the eagerness of the Seaham players back and on 10 minutes Francis had three shots all blocked by the Seaham defence before one got through forcing the keeper to push the ball onto the post and fortunately back into his welcome arms. On 12, former Whitley bar player Lee Kerr played in a 20 yard free kick which was deflected for a corner, which resulted in a series of 3 corners being dealt with by the Dunston defence.
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On 14 Dan Smith ran with the ball at the Seaham defence and was fouled 20 yards out and a Francis free kick went just wide of the near post, two minutes later Thear played in a cross and Smith headed wide of the target. On 22, Kerr again played in a free kick which was collected by Connell. After 26 Harrison got involved in the Dunston attack and drove in a low cross to the far post which beat all attempts to make contact, followed on 28 by a Morien low cross/ shot which went wide of the back post. On another rare attack Noble shot high and wide of the Dunston goal on 30 minutes before Smith shot on 33 minutes came back to him and his cross to the back post was, met by Thear who headed over the bar.

On 35 Burrell drove in a shot which was deflected for a corner, the corner kick to the back post was met by Francis who played a header back across goal which was cleared. On 39 Smith again caused problems for the Seaham defence as his shot was deflected for a corner. On 41 minutes Morien dribbled into the box and shot just wide of the near post. On 44, a Francis free kick was played into the area and had to be cleared for a corner and a minute later it looked like Dunston would score as Richardson broke down the right and played into Morien in front of goal only for Morien to be ruled offside.
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Half Time Score Dunston 0 Seaham RS 0

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Rejuvenated and refreshed by the break the second half started in a battle again for midfield supremacy and it was only after 57 minutes that Burrell created a chance for Morien who shot wide, Seaham replied from a corner by substitute Bolam which fell to Noble who shot wide. On 60, Francis drove at the Seaham defence and shot from 25 yards which keeper Newbrook did well to deflect wide from the corner Morien Flicked in a header which was stopped by Newbrook. On 65 Thear had a shot which went wide of the far post, before 3 minutes later a Francis free kick played into the far post was too good and went past the far post. On 70 minutes a ball was played into Morien who in turn laid off to Richardson who shot wide of the mark. Seaham again replied and Gardiner played in a low shot which Connell collected.
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On 74 Harrison played a low cross which was met by Morien whose shot on target was cleared, this was followed by a Thear cross which was headed goalwards by Richardson but was deflected wide by Walker for a corner. On 80 minutes Thear attacked from the left wing, beat his marker and shot from 20 yards over the bar. In a spell of Dunston pressure Morien had a25 yard shot stopped, followed by another which went wide and then Guerin and Burrell played in shots which all went wide, in a brief respite Noble attempted a flicked header which Connell collected.
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As the game entered 2 minutes added on time Smith headed the ball to Morien on the edge of the box and he shot wide of the mark before Halliday attacked down the left wing and played in a cross which was met by Morien at the front post, Morien’s flicked header gave Newbrook no chance and the net bulged giving Dunston a deserved lead. Seaham tried to rally and won a free kick which was played into the Dunston area and cleared for a corner, from the corner the ball fell to Newbrook into a packed Dunston area and his shot was blocked and as the ball was cleared the referee whistled for the end of the game.
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Final Score: Whitley Bay 1 Dunston UTS 2
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Dunston’s Man of the Match: Dan Smith – Dan showed his mental and physical resolve in this game pushing and probing in attack and rallying and chasing back in midfield. His positive attitude on the all-weather pitch gave his side a big advantage against a hard working side and was also unlucky not to score in a game were shooting on target was a missing factor. Defensively Dunston were sound with Stephen Harrison in particular putting in a sound performance. This was a good team performance apart from scoring goals after the winter break.
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Dunston UTS: Connell, Harrison, Halliday, Burrell, Pearson, Gilhespy, Smith, Francis, Richardson (Guerin 75). Morien, Thear. Subs not used: Clark, Goddard, Brooks, Young.
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Seaham RS: Newbrook, Reay, Walker, Gardiner, Kirkup, Donnelly, Scott (Bolam 55), Kerr Noble, Kane, Bird. Subs not used: Galbraith, Fenwick McCabe, MacGre
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Report by T.C.
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Next Fixture - FA Vase 4th round V Coleshill (away) on 16th January 2016
(Bus seats available speak to Malcolm James ASAP)

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More Pictures Can be viewed here