Dunston UTS v Ashington CFC

 
 
 

Tuesday 2nd April 2019.

Ebac Northern League Division 1.

Attendance: 324

Match report by: Danny Whalen.

 
     
 

Dunston UTS drew a close on 26 seasons of Northern League Football at The UTS Stadium with a goalless draw at home to Ashington.

 

A crowd of 324 gathered to witness Ebac Northern League Champions Dunston UTS welcomed onto the pitch by a guard of honour from the Ashington players and staff.

 

The first chance of the game fell to Ashington, after a rather slow start to the opening 10 minutes of play, a Dan Capewell slip at the back allowing Ashington’s Thomas Kalthoeber to play in Perez whose back heeled pass was driven wide by Jack Butler.

 

Ashington had looked the livelier of the two sides however neither side was yet to register a meaningful shot on goal. The first chance for Dunston UTS came from Jack Elliott whose curling effort went wide.

Mark Fitzpatrick pressed well and as a result caught Shaun Henderson in possession as Ashington looked to play out from the back, with the League’s top scorer playing the ball out to Liam Brooks, Jack Elliott was unable to connect with the cross.

 

The first half had gone by without much in the way of clear cut chances from either side with the game feeling more like a pre-season game. The last five minutes of the first half saw both sides unable to force shots from corners whilst in the closing minutes Ashington’s Perez flashed his shot wide of the Dunston UTS goal as the referee drew a close to a rather uneventful first half

 

The second half started more brightly, an unmarked Dan Capewell flashing a headed effort wide of Ashington’s goal for Dunston UTS. Jack Elliotts tricky footwork drove him past a couple of Ashington defenders but his touch past them skidded along the surface as he was unable to draw the ball back to create a goal scoring chance.

 

Callum Elliott looped an effort over from distance for Dunston UTS following a long clearance from Craig Scott, Connor Grant punching his clearance to the winger having been put under pressure from Fitzpatrick. Dunston looked to enforce their passing style upon the game with Brooks, Fitzpatrick and Elliott combining well to eventually pick out an overlapping Dan Halliday his cross easily collected by Grant as the score line remained level. Callum Elliott fired an effort on target for the hosts having been played in by Fitzpatrick, his pace and strength creating  the chance.

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The second half opened up more as a contest, Jake Turnbull excellently clearing a Dunston UTS effort off the line to keep the score line level. A Mark Fitzpatrick effort was just shy of left post from a great through ball. Dunston UTS upped the tempo and started to play the ball around well on the deck. Jack Elliott running at defenders played an intelligent disguised pass but was unable to pick out a forward as Dunston UTS pushed for the lead. Dan Halliday whipped a good ball into the Ashington box however no forwards were able to connect with the cross. Jack Elliott lifted a superb pass over the Ashington defence as substitute Cieran Jackson went close to taking the lead for Dunston UTS.  A excellent run from Jackson played in Jordan Nellis only to be played offside by a well organised Ashington defence.  Dunston UTS Captain Dan Halliday prevented Ashington from snatching a last minute winner with a well timed sliding tackle as Ashington launch an attack down the wing.

 

Final score Dunston UTS - 0. Ashington - 0.

 

Team line-ups.

Dunston UTS : Dryden, Marrs, Halliday (C), Stafford, Scott, Capewell, C,Elliott, Fitzpatrick Brooks (Jackson), J,Elliott (Nellis) Subs not used: Grant-Soulsby, Heslop,Da Silva.

 

Ashington: Grant (C), Turnbull (Balthazar), Hornsby, Henderson, Hutchinson, R,Bell, Kalthoeber, Ross,Butler, Perez-Gutierrez, Downey (Robson). Subs not used: J,Bell, Rowlandson.

 

Referee: James Westgate, Assts: Gregg Hargrave, Kieran Downey.

Attendance: 324.

 

Dunston UTS FC Man of the match (selected by match day mascot Caleb Whalen): Jack Elliott. Jack produced the most exciting moments of the game with his tricky wing play and intelligent passing.

 

The game as a contest was a close affair, Ashington looked an organised outfit and remained solid at the back.

As goalless draws often tend to be, it was hardly a classic game. However in a season that will be remembered for some time to come, the day was all about Dunston UTS eventually lifting the Ebac Northern League title. With The Paul Gascoigne Stand packed with supporters Dunston UTS’s talismanic Captain Dan Halliday stepped up to collect the famous trophy from George Courtney MBE.

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Dunston UTS Chairman Malcolm James gave an emotional and eloquent speech to the assembled crowd as Dunston UTS were crowned as The Ebac Northern League Champions for the third time in their history.

Chris Swailes and his staff have delivered two trophy’s in as many seasons, with a brand of football which is at times fantastic to watch and is fundamentally underpinned by a workman like attitude and a fantastic team spirit matching that of the FA Vase winning side.

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Northern League Champions 2018-19

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Next season is a venture into the unknown for Dunston UTS however the optimism and belief around the Club currently bodes well for the future.

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Match highlights below...

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