Tuesday 12th September 2017
Durham Challenge Cup Preliminary
         Dunston UTS 6  -  2    Bishop Auckland
  Fitzpatrick 2
Rundle 2

Dunston Score Six to Beat Bishops in Challenge Cup

Dunston welcomed Bishop Auckland to the UTS Stadium for their Durham Challenge Cup Preliminary Round

tie. Dunston are currently on a 5 match unbeaten run and look to extend thief and progress in tonight's

competition. Bishops are just starting to settle with two recent victories after a poor start, which saw them

appointing a new manager, but they have won their last two games.


Dunston field a side with only one change Adam Rundle replaces Jake Stafford. Bishops have 3 ex Dunston

players in their side in Luke Gilhespy, Darryl Hall and Alex Francis.


Dunston UTS: Grant, Elliott, Halliday (Lowther 54), Martin, Pollock, Hall, Thear (Anderson 80), Burrell, Fitzpatrick, Heslop, Rundle. Subs not Used Harrison, Jones, Stafford.


Bishop Auckland: Robinson, Scott, Hoganson, Gilhespy (Griffiths 85), Hall (Lovegreen 80), Francis, Thompson, Bennett, McAloon, Trotter, Goundry Subs not Used: Grant, Jury, Hart


Bishops started brightly in the dismal weather controlling a lot of territory but not creating chances. On 8 Darryl Hall

got a head to a cross 8 yards out but Aidan Grant saved comfortably. Bishops continued to press and not

allow Dunston to settle into their passing game. On 19, Fitzpatrick played to Burrell on the right edge of the box, his

low cross was cleared for a corner. On 20, Rundle tried a low shot into the front post and the goalkeeper fumbled

and then redeemed himself by diving on the loose ball. On 21, Dunston took the lead as a corner was played

in by Rundle a header was on target but cleared off the line as far as Michael Hall who shot low into the net from

20 yards out. Bishops retaliated as Bennett played Thompson into the box; his shot from 15 yards went into the

side netting. Again on 25 Thompson dribbled into the box and his attempted cross was blocked by Halliday.


On 29, Dunston increased their lead as Fitzpatrick rose in the air to meet an Elliott free kick his flicked header

diverted the ball past the goalkeeper and defenders and into the centre of the net for 2-0.  On 34, Rundle played in

Dan Halliday whose shot went into Robinson’s arms. After 36, a good bit of approach play by Dunston saw 

Elliott cross into the near post, Burrell met the ball well but his header was deflected just wide of the goal.


On 40, McAloon picked up a loose ball 40 yards out and raced into the area to shoot from 10 yards out but Aidan

Grant was equal to the attempt and the shot deflected off his legs for a corner.


Half time score: Dunston UTS 2 - 0 Bishop Auckland


The second half continued as the first finished with Dunston pressing the Bishop’s defence on 46 Fitzpatrick fired

in a shot from 35 yards that Robinson saved. Bishops retaliated and Thompson scooped a shot over the bar

after McAloon picked up a loose ball and crossed low into the penalty area. Burrell saw a couple of attempts fail

before a shot was blocked and then played out to Rundle on the left wing, Rundle surprised the Bishops Defence

by sending in a powerful driving shot that beat them all and went into net for 3-0 to Dunston after 50 minutes.


Two minutes later Dunston were awarded a penalty after a Pollock header was handled on the line by a defender. Fitzpatrick took the penalty and although he struck it powerfully, the direction was off as it flew past the post. On 55, Thompson just failed in his sliding attempt to divert a Goundry low cross. Dunston replied with a Heslop 35 Yard effort that went wide of the target. On 59 Thear fed Fitzpatrick and from 20 yards out the shot went over the bar.


Dunston were now well on top and Thear fed Fitzpatrick again on 60 minutes, Fitzpatrick laid off to Heslop whose shot went just wide of the near post. However, another goal was in the offing as first Heslop met an Elliott cross and headed on target for Robinson to save. Then on 63, Michael hall drove forward, played the ball to Adam Rundle who played a low cross into the run of Heslop who first time drove the shot from 12 yards into the Bishop’s net 4-0 to Dunston. Dunston continued to push on, playing some neat approach work and were peppering the Bishops goal.


On 72, Aidan Grant had to be out of his box to clear and to prevent a chance for McAloon who had chased a long ball through the Dunston defence. On 73, Bishop’s got a goal back as Hoganson played ball across the Dunston box, the ball came out to Francis who drove a powerful shot past the Dunston defence and into the net to make it 4-1. Dunston replied with a Rundle shot from 30 yards that was saved by Robinson. Two minutes later Thear played a ball out to the left wing to Rundle, Rundle again fired in a low shot come cross which fired into the net for 5-1. With Dunston coasting their concentration slipped on 81 as Thompson picked up a loose ball and ran at the Dunston defence past 2 players before shooting past Grant to make it 5-2.


All was not done as on the 86th minute Fitzpatrick unleashed a powerful 30 yard volley from the left of the Bishop’s box which flew into the top far corner of the net for his second and Dunston’s sixth goal. Final Score: Dunston UTS  6 - 2 Bishop Auckland  Dunston continued their rich line of form and through hard graft, in poor weather conditions, produced another winning performance that surpassed the efforts of their opposition. The game saw plenty of chances and some powerful goals and the only downside was a missed penalty that would have given Fitzpatrick his hat-trick.


Dunston’s man of the Match: Mark Fitzpatrick, he lead the line well and held the ball up until support became available; this was a powerful team performance that all the players should be proud of.


Mark Fitzpatrick


Mark Fitzpatrick, man of the match

Attendance 142


Referee, L. Robinson.


Next Home Game v Billingham Synthonia in the EBAC Northern League Div 1 on Saturday 16th September 2017 3:00 KO.