Saturday, 26 March 2016

Versus Guisborough Town

26th March 2016
Northern League Division One
Dunston UTS 1
Guisborough Town 1
Att, 169

Report by Billy Montague

Dunston welcomed Guisborough Town to the UTS Stadium for the third home Ebac Northern League game in a week. Manager Billy Irwin was able to select new signing Dan Capewell but was still without several players due to long-term injury. Dan Halliday, Dale Burrell, Gary Shaw, Dan Smith and Liam Thear were injured, while Andy Clark and Stephen Harrison were unavailable. Michael Liddle, Steve Bowey, Malky Morien and James Luccock were forced into action even though they were carrying injuries. Guisborough were virtually at full strength.

The visitors made a confident start and on five minutes top scorer Danny Earl made a fine turn on the edge of the Dunston box only to see his shot well saved by Liam Connell. Dunston began to get a foot-hold in the game and on 10 minutes Steven Richardson had a powerfull effort blocked by Paul Roddam and keeper Liversedge was able to gather.
On 14 minutes, a long free-kick by Roddam was headed home by Steven Snaith but the effort was rightly ruled out for off-side. Just a minute later the home defence was caught square and a through-ball found the crafty Danny Earl who, despite appearing to be off-side, went clear to smash across Connell and into the net off the far post. 1 – 0 to Guisborough.

Dunston almost equalised on 20 minutes when Michael Pearson crashed a shot just over the bar from 20-yards with Liversedge beaten. Three minutes later, Steve Bowey made a great run, beating three defenders before he sent in a low shot that Liversedge saved. As Dunston pressed, Pearson sent in a telling low cross from the right and the on-rushing Richardson and Michael Liddle just failed to convert. At the other end though, only a brilliant last ditch tackle by Adam Wilkinson prevented Connor Smith from increasing the visitors’ lead after a swift break.
The home side a decent share of possession but were unable to fashion many clear cut chances until the 40th minute when sustained pressure ended with a strong Scott Martindale shot which looked like sneaking into the bottom corner of the net before Nick Liversedge pulled off a good save. Dunston suffered a blow just before the interval when Michael Liddle was forced off to be replaced by Malky Morien.

Half-time score: Dunston UTS 0 Guisborough 1

Dunston came out in the second-half looking determined and as the game swung from end-to-end, it was the home side who made the first real chance on 51 minutes when Alex Francis sent Malky Morien through with a great ball. Morien got to the edge of the box but his effort scraped past the post. Two minutes later Matty Fisher drew another good save out of Liversedge.

It was Fisher who had the next effort, earning a corner when his goal-bound shot was deflected by Andrew May. When the flag-kick was sent to the far-post by Francis, Adam Wilkinson rose to send a powerful header just past the post. All of Dunston’s pressure almost came to nothing in the 56th minute when Danny Earl made a very good run through only to mis-kick his effort through to Liam Connell when well placed.
The striker appeared to hurt himself in the incident but he recovered in time to send another shot on goal three minutes later but Connell pulled off a good save. Dunston almost capitalised on these two let-offs when Morien went close on 62 minutes but his shot was deflected narrowly past the post for a corner that was forced away. On 71 minutes, Guisborough left-back Dan McWilliams made a strong run to the edge of the Dunston box and his excellent effort was deflected up and over the bar by Dan Capewell. Dunston replied a couple of minutes later when Morien looked favourite to get on the end of a Richardson through-ball but keeper Liversedge sprinted from his goal to hack clear. On 76 minutes Connell denied Curtis Round and then a long Roddam free-kick on the right ended with Connor Smith sending a volley just over.
On 83 minutes Dunston should have grabbed the equaliser when a Francis free-kick beat the Guisborough defence only for Morien and Wilkinson both fail to convert with the goal at their mercy. As the pressure built on the visitors, Dunston forced a succession of corners with Liversedge at his best to keep them at bay. The Guisborough goal was leading a charmed life but in the 87th minute the pressure finally told when Steve Bowey sent his flag-kick to the front-post and Malky Morien got across his marker to send a deft header inside the post and into the net, giving Liversedge no chance. 1 – 1.

Encouraged by the goal that brought them level, Dunston went for a winner and almost got it in the 89th minute when Liversedge pulled off another excellent save from a Morien header. Guisborough went close at the other end through Jonathan Helm and the last action in added time saw a superb Richardson cross from the right reach Morien whose shot was deflected wide by Leon Carling.

Full-time Score: Dunston UTS 1 Guisborough Town 1

Dunston Man of the Match: Steve Bowey – Steve lead by example throughout the game. He put in a great performance and was always ready to give advice to his younger team-mates. A much improved team display brought a well deserved point against one of the best sides in the League. Excellent commitment from all!

Dunston UTS: Connell, Gilhespy (Guerin, Martindale, Bowey, Wilkinson, Capewell, Pearson, Francis, Richardson, Fisher, Liddle (Morien). Subs not used: Luccock, Clark J.

Guisborough Town: Liversedge, Roddam, McWilliams, Carling, May, Wood, (Bailey) Snaith, Helm, Earl, Smith, Round (Blake).Subs not used: Snook, Galloway, Brown.
Referee, Craig Dean, Assitants, Danile Jackson, Samual Ross.
Next Home Game, Our 1000th League game versus Seaham Red Star, Kick off 3pm

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Dunston cannot get a win after being ahead by 2

22nd March 2016
EBAC Northern League Division 1
Dunston UTS 2
Penrith 3

Att 107

Dunston welcomed Penrith to the UTS Stadium for a home league fixture. Penrith are currently just clear of the relegation zone with games in hand while Dunston after recent results are slipping down the league into mid table.

It was a slow start to the game with neither side threatening the goals until the 10th minute when Connelly turned in the box 8 yards out and shot wide of the near post. On 12, Liddle headed back across goal towards Francis whose shot bobbled to the waiting Taylor. 3 minutes later Davidson shot from 18 yards out and Connell saved. On 20, Connelly again had an early shot which was deflected for a corner.

Dunston Rallied on 22 when Luccock fed the ball across the pitch to Liddle who turned his marker and shot on target but Taylor saved. 3 minutes later Luccock was played into the box with only Taylor to beat his shot beat Taylor but went wide of the far post. On 31, a Dunston free kick was played into the area and Wilkinson headed across to Luccock his shot hit the keeper and went for a corner, from the corner a Luccock header was cleared off the line at the back post.

On 35, Richardson was found by a long ball diagonally across the pitch free on the right wing, his cross, come shot was deflected for a corner. From the corner Wilkinson headed the ball home for the opening goal to Dunston. On 40 minutes Francis put a 22 yard free kick over the bar. 

Half time score: 1 ‐ 0

Dunston came out in the second half, looking for a second goal and on 47, Richardson hit a swerving shot just outside the near post and after a neat interchange of passes on 57 resulted in Pearson getting a shot on target which Taylor took low down. Penrith replied on 58 as Connelly crashed in a 25 yard volley which Connell somehow managed to tip out of play for a corner, 2 minutes later Connell was in action again preventing a Hope header with a one handed save on the line. On 64, Dunston got their second as Richardson was again fed in on the right of the goal and this time his shot beat Taylor.

Penrith instead of their heads going down rallied as Dunston appeared to take their foot of the pedal and on 69 Connell made two saves before the ball fell to Connelly in the six yard box to shoot home 2 – 1 to Dunston. Penrith continued to push and on 77, should have got the equaliser as Waterston only had to side foot home a pass from Connelly, but his shot from 10 yards went wide of the far post.

On 86 Penrith got their equaliser, as Dunston seemed to be content with just clearing their lines but Penrith still continued to push them back, as a free kick was played into the area and an unchallenged Davidson got in for a header which went into the net. Dunston still did not have any answers and on 89 Connelly again popped up in the 6 yard box and turned a ball into the goal from 6 yards as Dunston defenders failed to clear. Dunston were beaten 3-2 as the referee called an end to the game

Full-time Score: Dunston UTS 2 Penrith 3

Dunston Man of the Match: Difficult as nobody shone out for the whole of the game, Luccock and Richardson battled well, Luke Gilhespy made some important challenges as Dunston last man and Wilkinson was a nuisance when in the Penrith from set situations. Connell also made some good saves in the second half and could not be held responsible for the goals against him.

Dunston UTS: Connell, Harrison, Liddle (Thear 45), Gilhespy, Wilkinson, Martindale, Pearson, Francis, Richardson, Luccock (Morien 79), Fisher.

Subs not used: Clark A, Clark J, Guerin.

Penrith: Taylor, Paul, Smith, Davidson, Little, Jackson (Street 82), Main, Hope, Connelly, Waterston, Faustino (Robley 63).
Subs not used:
Referee, Geoff Liddle. Assistants, P. Thompson & J. Milne
Next Home Game: Saturday 29 March 2016 v Guisborough 3:00 pm KO in EBAC Northern League Div 1


Saturday, 19 March 2016

Beaten 1-0 By The Roofers

Northern League Div 1
19th March 2016
Dunston UTS 0
Jarrow Roofing 1
Att 147

Dunston welcomed Jarrow Roofing to the UTS Stadium for a home league fixture. Jarrow are currently just above the relegation zone while Dunston after recent results are slipping down the league.
Dunston started well pushing on and in the first minute a Francis free kick was cleared from the Jarrow area. On 5, a Francis corner was firmly headed by Wilkinson against the bar from 6 yards and the rebound was cleared, Jarrow replied on 10 minutes, with a run by Myers, after he was played in, and was only stopped by a great sliding challenge by Gilhespy on the edge of the box. Play then became a midfield battle with Dunston mainly dictating play but not getting any shots on target, the next chance came on 35, as White got in a header which was stopped by Connell’s legs. Dunston replied on 36 with a Richardson Cross being met by the head of Thear which the Jarrow keeper, Regan, saved. On 42, a Jarrow attack saw Williamson’s shot from 20 yards deflected off Francis for a corner and just on half time a Richardson header was collected by Regan.

Half time 0-0

Jarrow created the chances at the start of the second half and on 48, Barnes shot over the bar from 20 yards and then on 55, a Rundle corner was headed over the bar by Paxton. Dunston’s first chance of the half came 2 minutes later when Thear again headed a Richardson cross on target but Regan saved. On 68, Dunston fell behind as Hedley beat the offside trap and chipped a shot over the advancing Connell into the net. Going behind did not get the expected surge from Dunston to improve and on 73, Mackay was again played in with only Connell to beat, Connell parried the first attempt and hen saved as he dived at the feet of Mackay to prevent a goal.

Jarrow created the chances at the start of the second half and on 48, Barnes shot over the bar from 20 yards and then on 55, a Rundle corner was headed over the bar by Paxton. Dunston’s first chance of the half came 2 minutes later when Thear again headed a Richardson cross on target but Regan saved. On 68, Dunston fell behind as Hedley beat the offside trap and chipped a shot over the advancing Connell into the net. Going behind did not get the expected surge from Dunston to improve and on 73, Mackay was again played in with only Connell to beat, Connell parried the first attempt and hen saved as he dived at the feet of Mackay to prevent a goal.
A minute later a Martindale free kick found Smith at the back post but he was unable to direct the waist high ball on target. On 78, Morien dribbled into the Jarrow box, but before he could shoot was tackled by Laws and the ball went out for a corner. On 85 Richardson controlled on the edge of the box and laid off to Francis who shot the ball over the cross bar. Dunston tried right up to the final whistle and in the third minute of added time a Morien shot was blocked and went for a corner, from the corner taken by Francis the ball was headed over by Pearson.
Full time score: Dunston UTS 0 Jarrow Roofing 1


Dunston Man of the Match: Dan Smith, his all-round performance after a spell out through injury was very much appreciated, and Connell also made an important save to keep Dunston in the game. This was another missed opportunity by the Dunston side which again lacked shots on target to trouble the opposition goal keeper who had a fairly quiet game.

Dunston UTS: Connell, Pearson, Liddle, Gilhespy, Wilkinson, Martindale, Smith (Guerin 78), Francis, Richardson, Morien, Fisher (Thear 13). Subs not used: Clark A, Clark J, Bowey.
Jarrow Roofing: Regan, Atkin (Chow 45), White, Paxton, Laws, Barnes, Williamson (Rundle 50), Vipond, Mackay, Myers (Allan 70), Hedley.  Subs not used: Coghland, Fairley

Refree, Danny Markham. Assistants, Martin Carr and Tom Chambers
59 Match Pictures Can be viewed here


Report by T.C.
Next Home Game:  League Tuesday 22 March 2016 v Penrith 7:45 pm KO

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Beaten 4-1 at SRCA

EBAC Northern League Division
15th March 2016
Sunderland RCA 4

Dunston UTS 1

Dunston travelled again, this time south down the A19 to play a league game against Sunderland RCA on a misty wet an thoroughly miserable night .

The game started with both sides finding their feet on the wet pitch, and as early as 3 minutes RCA's Cummings was injured as he challenged/fouled Francis on the half way line, the injury forced Cummings to leave the pitch resulting in an early substitution an a reshuffle in their defence.
Dunston had the first chance on goal, after 10, as Fisher had a 20 yard shot saved. Two minutes later a Luccock low cross went out for a corner, from the corner Guerin deflected the ball just wide of the near post, on 14, Guerin picked up a loose defensive pass, but his attempt to round the goalkeeper was foiled.

RCA replied with a poor directed header by Jennings. A minute later Thear played a through ball playing in Luccocks but the ball skidded through to Harkess. On 21,Jennings was played through and only an alert Clark who closed down the space and deflected a shot out for a corner, within a minute an RCA attack near the corner flag drew 3 Dunston defenders out of position, enabling Davis to cross to an unmarked Wrightson to head back across goal and into the corner of the net for the opening goal.

Dunston were forced into action and Francis played through a ball to Richardson whose ground shot was collected by Harkess. Two minutes later ran into the box and played a square ball to Richardson who was immediately challenged from behind by Buchanan for a penalty and the offender sent off. Richardson struck the penalty firmly home and Dunston were level 1-1. On 33, a Luccock cross come shot to the far post just went wide.

Five minutes later Dunston were behind again as Jennings shot home from the edge of the box after Larkin controlled a cross into the middle and the ball fell to Jennings. 2-1 to RCA. Dunston had two chances to equalise before the halftime whistle, but Richardson's header from a Thear cross went wide and then Francis was played in by Guerin only for his shot to go wide of the far post.

Liddle was substituted at half time due to an injury and the Dunston defence had to be reshuffled with Gilhespy moving to left back and Martindale going into the centre of defence. Dunston got an early opportunity as on 48, as Richardson won a ball on the right and played in a cross to Francis whose shot rebounded off Harkess to Francis whose second attempt went wide. Sunderland replied on 51 and a trip by Martindale resulted in a caution and a free kick on the edge of the area. The free kick was cleared and in Dunston 's next attack saw a Wilkinson shot from 7 yards out blocked by a defender.

On 57, Richardson was fed into the area, his turn and shot went wide of the far post. On 70, a defensive error and a poor challenge by Wilkinson in the box on Wightman resulted in a caution and a penalty which Larkin scored sending Clark in the wrong direction. A headed effort from Wilkinson went over the bar before Larkin was played in clear on goal on 74, only to shoot well wide of the target. On 80, an assistants flag across a chest signified a penalty far what could only be assumed for hand ball against a Dunston player and Larkin this time shot to the opposite side of the goal and although Clark this time went the right way he was unable to prevent another goal and 4-1 to 10 man RCA.

In the remaining 10 minutes the Dunston side lacked the effort to try and recover and only a good Clark save from a Callen shot on 85 minutes prevented a further goal against his side.

Dunston Man of the Match: Andy Clark -this was a game that Dunston again did not have the fight to beat a 10 man team producing another lack-lustre display which was not enjoyed by the management, committee and sodden supporters, the only credits in the game were the saves again by a fairly solid goalkeeping display against a Sunderland RCA side who turned in a very creditable performance for a ten man team for over half of the game and should be held up as a good example.

Sunderland RCA: Harkess, Davis, McNab (Cook 87), Buchanan, Cummings (Richardson 7), Noble, Callen, Proctor, Larkin, Jennings (Pounder 65), Wightman. Sub not used: Charlton.

Dunston UTS: Clark, Pearson, Liddle (Martindale 45), Fisher , Wilkinson, Gilhespy, Luccock, Francis, Richardson (Clark J 85), Guerin, Thear (Morien 65) Subs not used: Connell, Harrison.

Report by T.C.

Saturday, 12 March 2016

Three nil away to Consett..

EBAC Northern League Division
12th March 2016
Consett 0

Dunston UTS 3
Dunston travelled again, this time to play a league game against Consett . The game started with both sides finding their feet on the all weather pitch and it was an error in the Consett defence that created the opening goal on 5 minutes as Richardson chased down a ball between Madden and goalkeeper Jefferies and was able to poke a shot past the out coming keeper and into the empty net. 5 minutes later Dunstons cause was helped as Sullivan was sent off for alleged stamping on the grounded Fisher

Dunston with the extra man advantage still found it difficult to break down a stubborn Consett defence. Consett now playing with one man up front were still causing the Dunston defence to be alert and on 15 it looked like they would equalise as a Craggs cross found Sweet free on the right and only an outstretched foot by the out coming Clark deflected the ball clear. On 19, a long clearance by Clark was collected by Thear who crossed but Richardson was unable to direct a shot, under challenge and Jefferies was able to claim the lofted shot.

Consett had another chance on 21 as Smith shot a volley on target and Clark punched clear. Consett continued to push on and a Grant cross found Craggs but his shot was well saved by Clark, from the resulting corner Consett gain almost scored as the ball was deflected for another corner. On 37, Dunston were awarded a penalty as Hawkins fouled Fisher who had dribbled into the box, Fisher took the penalty and Jefferies saved low to his left and then Fisher played the rebound over the bar.

Just before half time a Craggs crosS was well controlled by Sweet and only a timely challenge by new signing Michael Liddle saved another shot on the Dunston goal and kept the score to 1-0 at half time.

The second half continued as the first with the hard working Consett creating pressure on the Dunston side and on 53, Sweet turned on the edge of the box and played in a shot which was deflected but Clark was able to collect. Dunstons first chance of the second half came on 59 as a Pearson cross gave substitute Morien a header which went wide of the far post, Consett playing like they had the extra man almost equalised on 63 as scuffed shot from Smith fell to Steel whose shot on target was saved by Clark.

On 64, Fisher ran at the defence and played a short ball to Morien who shot wide of the target. Two minutes later a Liddle cross from the left was met by Morien whose header into the bottom corner gave Jefferies no chance to save. 2-0 to Dunston. Consett still pushed on and within a minute a Gibbons shot was parried over the bar by Clark.

Another Dunston chance went by as a Thear cross was headed clear of the goal for a corner. On 75 a Smith cross was met by Consett substitute Nelliss who was just unable to direct his attempt on target, again on 78, Gibbons picked up a loose clearance but his shot was blocked and cleared. On 83 Guerin ran into the box but before he was able to shoot, he was fouled by Grant who was the last man and was sent off for preventing a goal scoring opportunity, Morien this time made no mistake from the spot kick to make it 3-0 to Dunston.

Dunston Man of the Match: Andy Clark -this was a game that Consett did not deserve to lose and but for some good saves by Andy, Consett would have gotten something from this game as the Dunston side failed to take advantage of the extra man for most of the game.

Consett: Jeffries, Grant, Lavery, McKinnon, Madden, Hawkins, Sullivan, Smith, Steel (Gibbons 67), Craggs (Mordue 80), Sweet (Nellis 67). Subs not used: Little, Stafford.

Dunston: Clark, Pearson, Liddle, Fisher (Martindale 86), Wilkinson, Gilhespy, Luccock, Francis, Richardson, Thear (Guerin 80), Bowey (Morien 45) Subs not used: Connell,  J. Clark.

Report by T.C.