Dunston UTS v Ashington
Northern League Division One
5th December 2017
Report By T.C.

Dunston slacken and Ashington start buzzing...

5th December 2017

EBAC Northern League Division 1

Dunston UTS 3

Ashington 5


Dunston welcomed Ashington to the UTS Stadium for their EBAC Northern League Division One match that was rearranged from last Saturday following a postponement of the previous game. Dunston still have injury problems but welcomed Dale Burrell on to the bench for his first real outing since his injury that occurred against Dunston back in early October. In addition they are without Ben Pollock who is serving a two match suspension.


Dunston UTS: Harrison, Elliott, Halliday (Thear K 45), Hall, Procter, Hall, Jones, Anderson, Stafford (Burrell 64), Fitzpatrick, Thear L (Hawkes 79), Heslop (Thear K 63). Subs not Used: Fiaola, Grant A.


Ashington: Grant C, Henderson, Hornsby, Downey (Edwards 84), Scott, Buchanan, McAndrew, White, Stephenson (Stevens 45), Salmon, Williamson. Subs not Used: Johnston, Bowey, Christensen.


Dunston started well and immediately put the Ashington defence under pressure on, but did not get any shots on goal, Ashington eased into the game and created a chance on 5 as Williamson was played into the area but shot wide and then two minutes later a McAndrew cross was initially cleared by Halliday and from McAndrew’s next cross Stephenson took a dive in the box and relieved the pressure for Dunston. On 14 Dunston broke and Heslop played a neat ball into Fitzpatrick who had just strayed offside. Dunston’s first real chance came on 15 as Fitzpatrick fired in a shot from the edge of the box straight at Grant who held on tight. On 20, Anderson played in a free kick from 30yards out but no Dunston player was able to make contact.


On 22 McAndrew tried a 2o yard chip shot which Harrison collected. On 28 Dunston took the lead as Halliday headed firmly in from 6 yards out after Thear had played a nice lobbed cross over the Ashington keeper. On 34 Dunston almost got their second as Heslop attempted to play in an unmarked Fitzpatrick 6 yards out, but Grant cut out the opportunity. Two minutes later from a quick free kick Liam Thear fed Heslop who shot wide of the near post. On 41 Ashington drew level from a Stephenson penalty after Hall had definitely pushed Stephenson in the box. Just as the game approached half Time Dunston took the lead again as Fitzpatrick fired in a firm free kick from 30 yards out, which went for a corner, from the corner Thear played in a header, the ball rebounded out to Halliday who fired home from 8 yards.


Half Time Score Dunston UTS 2 v 1 Ashington.


The second half saw a substitution of Stevens to replace Stephenson, this also resulted in a change of approach for Ashington who stretched the Dunston defence with fast breaks mainly through McAndrew. On 48 Stafford had shot saved by Grant before McAndrew was away down the right wing getting to the by line and playing the ball back to Salmon who fired into an empty net. And Ashington were level 2-2 on 50 minutes.  The next 20 minutes saw both sides battling for goal with both defenses being tested.


On 77 almost Ashington got a break through as again McAndrew got in to the byline this time pulling the ball back to Stevens whose shot went wide. On 79 Stevens beat the Dunston offside trap luckily in my opinion, he advanced to 18 yards out where he shot past an advancing Harrison into the far corner of the net. Two minutes later Dunston got level again as the ball was played out to Fitzpatrick who fired a shot into the top far corner of the net from the edge of the penalty area. Back came Ashington who were ahead again a minute later as Salmon was allowed to run into the box unchallenged  and fired a shot through Harrison’s legs as he tried to spread himself. Dunston tried to get back in the game but were leaving holes and Ashington again scored on 87 as substitute Edwards fired past Harrison into the far bottom corner of the net to make it 5-3 to Ashington


Full Time Score Dunston UTS 3 v 5 West Allotment Celtic.


As Dunston took their foot off the pedal they lost goals which recently they have been defending, in trying to recover they left gaps in their structure which Ashington’s speedy front line took advantage.

Dunston’s Man of the Match: Dan Halliday for his 2 goals but it was not a great display in the second half as Ashington took advantage of some loose play.