Hebburn Town v Dunston UTS
 
 
 

Saturday 30th March 2019.

Ebac Northern League Division 1.

Attendance: 290

Match report by: Billy Montague

 
     
 

Dunston UTS made the short trip to Hebburn, fresh from clinching the Ebac Northern League First Division Title on the previous Tuesday evening. Manager Chris Swailes had to contend with the absence of Jordan Nellis and the injured Aiden Haley, as well as top scorer Mark Fitzpatrick not being fully fit to start. Jake Stafford returned after suspension and Callum Elliott joined him in the starting eleven. Hebburn included two ex-Dunston players in Luke Gilhespy and Gary Shaw in the side that were pushing to finish as League Runners-Up after fine recent form had seen them rise to fourth place in the League Table.

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Hebburn Town: Jennison, Groves (Read), Shaw, Spence, Gilhespy, Donaghy, Robson, Richardson, Chow (Blackburn), Sullivan, Suddick (Dibb-Fuller). Subs not used: Tumilty, Mallinson.

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

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Hebburn Town v Dunston UTS

Hebburn Town congratulate league leaders Dunston UTS on their achievement

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Dunston UTS made their customary energetic start to the game and created an early chance when Liam Brooks shot just wide after 2 minutes and he was involved again a minute later when a surging run by Callum Elliott released him on the right but Hebburn keeper Andrew Jennison cut out the dangerous cross at his near post.

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On 5 minutes Hebburn were awarded a free-kick just outside the Dunston box but dead-ball expert Michael Richardson blasted his low effort straight at Karl Dryden. Some great approach play between Jake Stafford,

Jack Elliott and Liam Brooks released Michael Pearson but Jennison did well again to claim his dangerous

cross. Dunston were dominating the game and it was no surprise when they took the lead in the ninth minute

when Dan Halliday won a strong challenge before clipping a great long pass through the middle into the path

of Scott Heslop who strode on before driving a low shot into the net from 20-yards. 0 – 1.

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In the 12th minute, the lead was almost doubled when more accurate interplay set up Michael Pearson in front of goal but Jennison pulled off a fine save to deny him. From the resulting corner, Dan Capewell rose to meet Jack Elliott’s flag-kick to power a header narrowly wide. On 20 minutes Capewell broke up a Hebburn attack and initiated another strong break between Liam Brooks, Callum Elliott and Michael Pearson but Jack Elliott just failed to convert. A minute later Liam Marrs made a superb run across the Hebburn box but his goal-bound shot was deflected past the angle as Dunston continued to dominate. More good football produced another Dunston chance on 25 minutes and then a Scott Heslop header skimmed the bar when he got on the end of a Jack Elliott cross just after the half-hour mark.

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On 32 minutes Scott Helsop broke clear on the right before teeing up Liam Brooks on the penalty spot but Jennison pulled of another great save to parry the shot. Very little had been seen of the Hebburn attack but they almost grabbed an equaliser in the 34th minute when Lewis Suddick fed in Luke Sullivan who cut in from the left and fired in a cross shot, drawing a fine save from Karl Dryden. Paul Chow looked a certain scorer but he just failed to turn home the loose ball under pressure from Andrew Grant-Soulsby.

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Dunston went straight down the field and almost scored when superb play by Jake Stafford opened up the

defence but Callum Elliott fired high and wide when well placed. Dunston finished the half with a flurry of chances that should have been converted, Jake Stafford, Jack Elliott and Liam Brooks all going close.

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Half-Time Score:  Hebburn Town  0   Dunston UTS  1

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Having created only one real scoring opportunity in the first-half, Hebburn went close in the first minute of the second. A long cross by right-back Dan Groves saw Michael Richardson rise on the edge of the Dunston box to send a header past the post. Just two minutes later Michael Pearson won a tackle 30-yards from the home goal before releasing Jack Elliott through the middle but Jennison raced out to tackle the pacey wide-man. On 49 minutes a poor Hebburn clearance was met by Jake Stafford who sent a strong header over the central defenders to send Scott Heslop clean through. He raced away before drawing the keeper but his final effort slid the wrong side of the post. In the next minute, Hebburn’s Jack Robson made a fine run on the right to send in a dangerous cross but Karl Dryden gathered safely. In the 57th minute Scott Heslop went past two defenders before slotting a low ball across the six-yard box but neither Liam Brooks or Jack Elliott could get the vital touch.

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On 61 minutes Liam Marrs cleverly fed Callum Elliott into the corner of the box from where he set-up Liam Brooks to hammer a low shot which drew a good save from Jennison. Two minutes later, the keeper was injured when he came out bravely to block Michael Pearson who had been sent through on goal by Scott Heslop. Jennison was able to continue after treatment but was almost beaten in the 69th minute when a Scott Heslop header flew past him but Luke Gilhespy somehow scrambled the ball off the line.

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As the game continued to be almost one-way traffic, Liam Marrs had a strong penalty appeal turned down when he was up-ended in the box. Michael Pearson and Jack Elliott went close to scoring on 72 and 75 minutes respectively but as can often happen when chances aren’t put away, the inevitable happened in the 87th minute. With little danger to the Dunston goal, Hebburn were awarded a very soft free-kick two-yards outside the left corner of the box. Up stepped Michael Richardson to curl a brilliant shot into the top corner. 1 – 1.

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Full-Time Score: Hebburn Town  1   Dunston UTS  1

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Man of the Match: Michael Pearson. In a fine all-round team performance when daylight robbery took place, Michael epitomised the spirit of the whole squad with his never-say-die attitude. We, as a Club, can look back on the whole season as one we can be proud of. Onwards and upwards!

 
 

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