Dunston find finishing edge.

2nd May 2018

EBAC Northern League Division 1

Dunston UTS 6

Bishop Auckland 1


Dunston welcomed Bishop Auckland, in their tiring schedule of 4 games in 7 days for three weeks, to play their league game at Dunston UTS Stadium in the EBAC Northern League Division One. A tired, depleted and disappointed after their defeat on Monday once again have to pull their socks up,  tie up their boots and try to get another league win.


 Manager Chris Swales is thankful for the return of Dale Burrell, before his suspension but has also had to pull in Andy Clark as goalkeeper cover and old Dunston favorite Michael Dixon who takes his place in midfield. to bolster his side. Bishops stated the game needing a win to stave off relegation threats with Jarrow Roofing needing at least 4 points from 2 games to overtake their total.


Both sides were also on duty on Thursday, tomorrow, in the League Cup semi-finals Dunston away to Stockton and Bishops away to Benfield.  


Dunston UTS: Grant, Marrs, Halliday, Stafford (Pearson 52), Pollock, Hall (Capewell 45), Elliott C (Henderson 72), Dixon, Fitzpatrick, Burrell, Elliott J. Subs not Used: Clark, Thear.


Bishop Auckland: McHugh, Hart, Hoganson, Hassen, Galpin (Johnson 53), Dinsdale, Richardson, Thompson, Winn, Porter, McAloon. Subs not Used: Lovegreen, Goundry, Grant, Young.  


Dunston started  strongly and almost took the lead I the first minute as Burrell fed in to Fitzpatrick only for McHugh to divert wide of the near post. Almost immediately Bishops broke on the right wing with Winn chasing against Marrs, Winn got past and fired a shot past Grant into the goal. It took Dunston 4 minutes to get level as Burrell broke on the left and saw his 18 yard shot pushed away for a corner, Bishops failed to clear the corner and the ball fell to Burrell

who blasted an 8 yard shot into the goal.


The game settled with Dunston creating chances but unable to score until the 29th minute when a right wing corner was again not cleared and Fitzpatrick hooked in a shot on the turn from 4 yards out and 2 -1 to Dunston. Dunston settled and apart from 2 chances from outside the box from Porter both going wide of the target.   Half Time Score: Dunston UTS. 2 – 1 Bishop Auckland   The second half again brightly for Dunston and on 46, Burrell cracked a 20

yard drive into the net to make it 3-1.


Dunston were on fire and on 51, Fitzpatrick fired an angled shot from 12 yards into the roof of the net for 4-1. Dunston were now in the driving seat and when Callum Elliott crossed to the back post where a poaching Burrell headed home from 6 yards for his hat-trick and Dunston’s fifth. On the hour mark, Pearson supplied a cross into Pollock in the six yard box, Pollock smartly guided a first time shot past a dazzled defence and 6-1 to Dunston. On 73, Richardson tried to chip Grant from 20 yards out but it went over the bar, and 2 minutes later, Richardson saw an 8 yard shot blocked

by Halliday. Dunston controlled the game up until the final whistle and Fitzpatrick was just unable to get his third goal despite trying really hard.    


Full Time Score: Dunston UTS. 6 – 1 Bishop Auckland  


Dunston’s Man of the Match: Dale Burrell – Dale, after his disappointing sending off in the DCC Final, returned after a short planned holiday and missing the last 2 games he outshone Michael Dixon and Mark Fitzpatrick,  by making chances and scoring 3 excellent goals, while still helping out in defence. This was an excellent team performance, especially in the circumstances of Players availability, injuries and tired legs, and despite going behind very early in the game.