Sunday, 28 February 2016

Beaten 4-0 At Newton Aycliffe

27th February 2016
Northern League Division One
Newton Aycliffe 4
Dunston UTS 0
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Referee, T. Peart. Assisitants, B. Stones and J. Stephenson

Match Pictures Can be viewed here



Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Dunston earn victory against Bedlington.

23rd February 2016
Northern League Division One
Dunston UTS 3
Bedlington Terriers 0
Attendance 115

Dunston welcomed Bedlington to the Dunston UTS Stadium for the EBAC Northern League game. Bedlington have struggled this season and are currently playing to get out of the relegation zone of the First Division, but gained a creditable draw against North Shields on Saturday while a jaded Dunston were defeated by West Allotment Celtic. Manager Billy Irwin has again got injury problems and is forced to reshuffle his team & defence again as Scott Martindale returns from suspension but Stephen Harrison is unavailable. However on paper the side does show promise for an attacking game.

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Dunston got off to a perfect start as Morien received a ball on the edge of the box, he quickly made space and shot past a stranded Staples in the Bedlington goal, 1- 0 to Dunston. A Morien free kick on 3 minutes was on target and had to be pushed clear by Staples, Bedlington replied with a Stoneman header going over the bar from a Nellis corner. Dunston continued to press and on 15, Morien was played in by a Richardson cross field ball but was unable to take control and lost possession on the edge of the box.

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The Dunston pitch was getting cut up making the ball take some awkward bounces and both teams lost possession due to poor control. On 17, Stephenson had a shot which bounced awkwardly in front of Clark whose body was positioned in the correct line and rebound was easily collected by Clark. Plat flowed from box to box as both defences appeared to have the upper hand until the 30th minute when a Shaw free kick was played out by the defence to Francis whose first time 25 yard shot went wide of the target.
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On 35, a Wright cross had to be collected by Clark to alleviate the danger. Dunston replied on 37 as a low Morien shot was blocked and cleared. Dunston still pushed on and on 41 Guerin laid a ball off to Francis who shot over the bar. Bedlington immediately set up a breakaway move and Wright ended by shooting harmlessly across the Dunston goal. Just on half time Morien had a free kick go just wide of the near post and Richardson received a poor clearance by Wells who was out of his goal area, Richardson’s chipped 35 yard shot went over the empty goal.
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Half Time Dunston 1 Bedlington Terriers 0


Dunson almost scored in the first minute of the second half as Guerin turned and shot on target and the deflection rebound to Richardson who crossed into the back post where the ball was cleared. On 48, Wilkinson headed a chance which Staples collected. Bedlington replied with a free kick taken by Dummett into the box which was cleared. A free kick by Errington was played into and fortunately across the Dunston goal on 51. On 58 as Bedlington pressed hard for an equaliser a ball was played into Walton who redirected the ball with a header from 5 yards, which was saved one handed by Clark, the ball was cleared down field to Fisher who broke down the left wing and applied a cross low into the area but Staples cleared before Richardson and Morien could pounce.

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On 64 Guerin played a deep cross into the back post for a Morien header which was cleared, before a Francis free kick directed at Wilkinson was just too high and the chance was lost. On 75, Morien broke on the right and crossed into the area were the covering Dummett unfortunately for Bedlington directed the ball into the bottom corner of the near the front post, while the free Pearson was waiting to pounce at the back post. 2-0 to Dunston.
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On 81, Bedlington got another chance as Hudson attacked on the left and played in a low cross for Walton, Walton could not make a connection as Clark closed in, Walton recollected his whereabouts and played in another cross but this time Clark was able to collect. On 84, a Francis 18 yard shot was deflected clear for a corner, from the corner taken by Shaw, Guerin was able to apply a header past the defenders on the line for Dunston’s third goal.
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With his appetite for a goal not sated Francis had a 15 yard shot deflected by goalkeeper Staples over the bar, and again on 88 minutes a Francis shot went over the bar. Just on Full time substitute josh Clark on for Richardson saw his shot deflected into the fortunate arms of Staples at the front post.
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Final Score: Dunston 3 Bedlington Terriers 0
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Dunston had to battle to stay in front in this game against a fiery and gritty Bedlington midfield and defence. They got their rewards in the last 15 minutes but only a fine save by Andy Clark prevented the equaliser. This was a gritty performance on a pitch which made control and passes difficult.
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Dunston’s Man of the Match : Matty Fisher: Matty put in a 110% performance in midfield where prisoners were not being taken, despite this Matty was still able to prompt his team forward ably a ssisted by the flair of Alex Francis. Once again Andy Clark deserves a mention for the save preventing a certain equaliser by Walcott of Bedlington.

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Dunston UTS :- Clark A, Gilhespy, Shaw, Fisher, Wilkinson, Martindale (Steinmetz 87), Pearson, Francis, Richardson (Clark J 89), Morien, Guerin (Thear 85).  Subs not used: Connell, Bowey.
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Bedlington Terriers: Staples, Capewell, Dummett, Anjos (Johnson 59), Stoneman, Errington, Nellis (Stephenson M 73), Stephenson T, Walton, Wright, Drane (Hudson 73). Subs not used: Pendlebury, Allen.
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Referee, Dean Chapman. Assistants, Derric Wade, Matthew East.
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Report by T.C.
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Next Home Game. Dunston UTS vs North shields on 5th,March 2016, 3:00 pm


Saturday, 20 February 2016

Dunston fail to beat West Allotment again.

20th February 2016
EBAC Northern League Division 1
Dunston UTS 0         
West Allotment Celtic 2 
Attendance 161

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Dunston were at home again and welcomed West Allotment Celtic to the Dunston UTS Stadium for the EBAC Northern League. Allotment are currently climbing the table after gaining some creditable results while Dunston are again on a recovery mission after losing in the FA Vase to Ashford United and to league leaders Shildon. Manager Billy Irwin has again got injury problems and is forced to reshuffle his defence as Adam Wilkinson returns but Dan Smith is now on the treatment table as well as Steven Richardson who is only able to be included on the bench.
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Dunston started well, playing some good possession football with Francis as the catalyst and creating two chances for Francis in the first 5 minutes, one over the bar and other blocked, again on 9, a Francis Free kick went over the post and cross bar. Allotment in the meantime had a free kick from 40 yards out which was cleared. Dunston continued to dominate but were unable to turn dominance into goals, while Allotment had a chance on 31 as Robinson turned well in the area but shot wide. As the game approached half time Dunston had chances from Thear, just wide of the near post, and Guerin and Francis failed to convert a cross to the back post, before Deagle drove in a low cross which Clark saved diving to his right.
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Half Time Dunston 0 West Allotment 0
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Allotment came out in the second half and with the wind applied pressure and had chances on 46, as a Deagle shot was parried by Clark and cleared by Gilhespy and on 53 as Clark raced out to deflect an Allotment breakaway for a corner. Dunston had an effort from fisher was saved by Wells on 57, allotment continued to press and 64 minutes Wilkinson deflected a shot over the bar from a corner and on 69 a Wilkinson challenge on Taggart saw the ball strike the post and go out of play.
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Dunston rallied and on 76, a Guerin header from a Francis cross went back across the goal. On 78, Allotment took the lead as Deagle fired in a free kick which rebounded to him his second shot was stopped by a tremendous save by Clark but the rebound fell to Henderson who shot home. Dunston replied on 81 when Bowey chipped a Richardson cross over the bar. Disaster for Dunston occurred on 85 as Pearson was adjudged to foul Young in the box and McRoberts struck the penalty home for 2- 0 to Allotment.
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Final Score: Dunston 0 West Allotment 2
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Once again the lack of selection and changes left Dunston with a reasonable side but one that was unable to provide goals, and a side who were unable to get back on even terms against a side who were eager and wanted to get a result. This was the second time this season that Dunston have had the possession against West Allotment but have fell to 2 late goals without reply.
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Dunston’s Man of the Match: No one person shone out in this game although Alex Francis did possess the skill to create chances in the first half and a solid performance was needed by Andy Clark who was unable to prevent the goals which were conceded.
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Dunston UTS: Clark, Pearson, Shaw, Fisher, Wilkinson, Gilhespy, Harrison (Bowey 70), Francis, Morien, Guerin, Thear (Richardson 65). Subs not used: Connell, Clark J, Hall.
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West Allotment Celtic: Wells, Dunn, Sayer (Bradley 75), Keenan, Dobson, Hall, McRoberts, Henderson, Taggart, Robinson (Young 62), Deagle. Subs not used: Mullen, Parkinson, Wright.
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Report by T.C.


Saturday, 13 February 2016

Weakened Dunston overpowered by eager Shildon.

13th February 2016
EBAC Northern League
Shildon 5 Dunston UTS 0

Att 236

Dunston were on their travels again in the EBAC Northern League against league leaders Shildon at Dene Street, Shildon. Dunston were without several first choice players in, Liam Connell, Adam Wilkinson, Dan Halliday, Dale Burrell all injured, Scott Martindale still suspended and Stephen Harrison working and had to name a back four of which three players were playing out of position. Shildon named a strong squad but were missing Connor (injured) from their forward line.
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Dunston started well and created chances through Francis on 3, Richardson on 7 and a Matty Fisher corner which struck the front post and bounced clear, Shildon main threat was Bell who was constantly running at a resolute Dunston defence and the foraging and dangerous Rae who was creating chances which were being curtailed by Clark and other defenders.
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Dunston put in a creditable first 40 minutes and could have went ahead on 35, when Morien shot from 20 yards as the ball struck both posts before bouncing clear with Hayes beaten, however on 42 minutes Shildon took the lead as Rae was played in and shot wide of Clark and into the far corner of the net.
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Half Time Score Shildon 1 Dunston 0
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After half time Shildon applied more pressure as Bell had a shot stopped by Clark only for the ball to rebound to Rae who tapped home on 49, Dunston suffered another setback as Dan Smith, one of Dunston stalwarts in the game, was taken off after carrying an injury from the first half. Shildon piled on more pressure and on 58 went further ahead as Wood had a point blank shot parried by Clark only for Dodds to be on hand to poke home from 5 yards. Pressure was slightly relieved as Morien again had a shot saved by Hayes and then a Morien header back across goal was well collected by Hayes.
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On 71, Clark was unable to hold the high greasy ball from a corner kick and unfortunately the ball fell to Wood who poked the ball home from 5 yards. Again Morien had a free-kick punched clear by Hayes on 72, before Harwood broke into the Dunston area and shot point blank at Clark from 10 yards only for the ball to rebound to Harwood who put a slight chip into the net past the grounded Clark after 73 minutes. Shildon still pressed for more but Dunston held out to the end.
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Final Score: Shildon 5 Dunston UTS 0
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Despite the score line Dunston put in a hard graft, without key players in the team, unfortunately the injuries were added to and more changes will have to be made if the
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Dunston’s Man of the Match : Malcolm Morien – battled well all game and deserved a goal in the first half but gained little reward for his efforts throughout the game. Andy Clark also deserved a lot of credit despite the goals scored against he pulled off some important saves a few of which led to easy tap-ins for the eager Shildon forwards.
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Shildon: Hayes, Groves, Robson, Dodds, Moore, Jones, Bell, Hodgson, Rae (Gruelich-Smith 69), Wood (Fryatt 73), Harwood (Wing 70). Subs not used: Davis, Ellison.
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Dunston UTS : Clark A, Smith (Clark J 53), Shaw, Fisher, Pearson, Gilhespy, Guerin, Francis, Richardson, Morien, Bowey. Subs not used: Clark J, Greenwood, Thear,

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Referee, Matthew Dicicco, Assistants, Jamie Cann and Jonathan Woods
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Report by T.C.

Saturday, 6 February 2016

Out of the Vase...

Dunston robbed in last minute as officials fail to act.

6th February 2016
FA Vase R5 Replay
Dunston UTS 2
Ashford United 3
Attendance 290
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Dunston welcomed Ashford United to the Dunston UTS stadium for a replay of the 5th Round FA Vase tie after both sides were unable to gain a victory last Saturday 330 miles south in Kent. Dunston pitch was playable but only after a drying wind helped stiffen the surface after a 2 month period of rain, so with the pitch soft in places the game was likely to depend on fitness and strength of the players.
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Dunston were forced to make one change to their starting line-up due to the injury in the first game to Dan Halliday. Ashford also made one change with Lye replacing Dalton in midfield.
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Dunston took advantage of the pitch conditions in the first have and took a handy 2–0 lead into the second half with goals by Richardson and Morien, and could have increased that lead both just before half time and in the 15 minute period after half time. After the hour Ashford scored a good goal with a Welford header and they also could have got an equaliser in a busy 10 minute spell. On 69 minutes disaster struck for Dunston as Goddard was sent off, Ashford lifted their spirit and pushed for an equaliser although Dunston had a chance on 80 minutes to increase their lead.
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As the game approached 90 minutes Ashford got the equaliser which was a cruel deflection past Clark, but not even Ashford could have foretold the third Ashford goal in the 4th minute of added time as the ball was played deep into the Dunston far post and Dunston stopped as the ball went out of play, the incoming Welford hooked the ball back into play which hit the back running Da Smith and went into the net. Despite the Dunston appeals for justice the goal stood and Dunstons FA vase dream was over as the referee blew the final whistle on the restart. 
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The game started with both side vying for possession of midfield in the soft playing conditions and Ashford got the first chance on 3 minutes as Palmer turned on the edge of the box and shot just wide of the post slightly deflected by the diving Connell for a corner. Dunston were immediately on the offensive as Richardson won a ball on the left wing, playing it into Guerin whose shot was collected by Kamurasi. Ashford replied with a Lye header from a Cuthbert cross which went wide of the near post. On 7 Francis played into Morien who shot went straight at Kamurasi. On 9 minutes the game changed for Dunston as Wilkinson chased a ball and suffered a hamstring injury but played a ball back to Connell, Connell was then fouled by Booth as he tried to clear his lines.
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Wilkinson went off replaced by Josh Clark with Burrell filling in at the back. Connell continued for a further 10 minutes in serious pain before being replaced by Andy Clark. The game had settled as Ashford got used to the conditions and Dunston adjusted their play to match the changes and on 23 Booth for Ashford blasted a shot which Gilhespy headed clear. On 24 Morien was played into the box but his attempted shot was blocked by Cuthbert. A minute later Morien was again played in by Richardson but dithered on the edge of the box and Cuthbert cleared for a corner, from the corner taken by Francis, Guerin applied a header which Kamurasi saved. Dunston on 26 took the lead after this brief spell of pressure as Francis played a ball through to Richardson who shot first time past Kamurasi and into the net.
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Ashford replied on 28 as Hassan got in on the left and shot low, Clark pulled off a good save and collected the ball at full stretch. The game again settled as both teams battled in midfield, however on 40 minutes Morien won the ball after chasing along the 18 yard box, his shot was low and was slightly deflected past Kamurasi and into the net for 2 – 0 to Dunston. Ashford replied and Gilhespy again had to clear his line as Welford poked a shot on target. Dunston could have gone further ahead as Richardson was played into the box but his shot went just wide of the far post on 45. In the 4th minute of added time Richardson received another through ball side stepped his marker but shot over the bar.
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Half Time Score   Dunston UTS 2 Ashford United 3
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Steven Richardson scores Dunston's first.
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Dunston started strong after the break and on 47, Francis had a shot pushed out for a corner bt Kamurasi, from the corner the ball came out to Burrell who shot over the bar. On 51, Dunston again almost increased their lead as Richardson chased a long high ball and released a chipped shot over Kamurasi but also just wide of the post. On 53 Richardson again was played in by Morien but shot over the bar. Ashford were grafting and almost got their first as Clark was unable to hold a cross by Phillips and Palmer hit a shot against the foot of the post and the ball rebounded clear. Richardson was still going strong and again broke into the box but was thwarted by a Cuthbert challenge.
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On 61 Welford was on hand in the 6 yard box as a cross from the right came in and his header gave Clark no chance and the score was 2-1 to Dunston. Ashford buoyed by the goal  had another chance as Phillips played in a free kick but Clark claimed it well, on 65 Fagg on as substitute  for Hassan shot over the bar from 25 yards and the Clark prevented the equaliser by coming out at the feet of Welford to claim the ball on 66 minutes. Dunston rallied and Morien put a cross just over the Ashford cross bar, before being replaced by Goddard on 68 minutes. Within a minute Goddard was involved in a challenge which Lye reacted to and Goddard after being pushed kicked out at the player and was dismissed, this was a real boost for Ashford in their efforts to get back into the game.
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On 80 minutes Richardson chased another long ball but Kamurasi got there first and his clearance hit Richardson but was cleared before Richardson could recover. On 86, Ashford were beginning to force Dunston back and pushed hard for the equaliser, Lye tried a shot from 30 yards over the bar, before a Cuthbert cross was claimed high by Clark as Palmer challenged. On 90 minutes Ashford desperately pushed on and Phillips tried a shot from 25 yards which took a deflection past Clark and into the corner of the net for the equaliser.  Ashford continued to apply pressure and in the 94th minute a cross was played into the Dunston area, Clark watched as the ball went past his far post and out of play, however Welford hooked the ball back into play and Smith was unfortunate to deflect the ball into his own goal, despite pleas to the officials the goal stood and Dunston were beaten and out of the FA Vase.
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Final Score: Dunston UTS 2 Ashford Utd 3
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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 gave Dunston an advantage, however as play continued was hard pressed by a pressing Ashford side. Dan was desperately unlucky to get the final touch for the own goal in the 94th minute. Alex Francis and Dale Burrell also put in good shifts on a heavy pitch Replacement keeper Andy Clark made some impressive saves while Luke Gilhespy made some good clearances in the Dunston defence
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Dunston UTS: Connell (Clark A 18), Pearson, Harrison, Burrell, Wilkinson (Clark J 8), Gilhespy, Smith, Francis, Richardson, Morien (Goddard 68), Guerin. Subs not used: Young, Luaba.
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Ashford United:  Kamurasi, Cuthbert A, Wooley (Dalton 34), Cuthbert L, Lye, Kingwell, Palmer, Phillips, Welford, Booth (Savage 69), Hassan (Fagg 55). Subs not used: Luen, Schoburgh.
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Referee, Scott Oldham Assistants, Richard Holmes, Mark Doherty
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Match Pictures... Can be viewed here .
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Match Report by T.C