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Newton Aycliffe v Dunston UTS
Northern League Cup Round 2
Tuesday 14th November 2017
Att 83

Report By Billy Montague
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Dunston made the long journey to South West Durham for the third time in ten days to play their Second Round Tie in the Cameron's Brewery Brooks Mileson Memorial Cup at the Moore Lane Sports Ground in Newton Aycliffe. Dunston were once again down to the bare bones due to injury and illness with manager Chris Swailes missing several key players. He was able to name only four substitutes, three of whom were struggling with injury.

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Despite being down on numbers, Dunston were still able to name a reasonably strong starting eleven and they opened the game in dominant mood. Their sharp passing took the game to Aycliffe and it was no surprise when they took an early lead on only seven minutes as David Hiftle sent Liam Thear through on the right. After beating his man in a clever run into the corner of the six-yard box, Thear was hacked to the ground by Kurt Matthews and Mark Fitzpatrick slammed the resulting penalty-kick past keeper Jack McLaren who went the wrong way. 0 – 1.

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On 11 minutes Fitzpatrick sent in Scott Heslop who dribbled past a couple of tackles but his shot was blocked by a desperate defender. In the 16th minute Adam Rundle charged down a clearance before sliding Fitzpatrick into the box again but his bullet shot flew just over. Two minutes later, Rundle teed up Heslop on the edge of the area but he drilled a low shot narrowly wide with McLaren beaten. On 20 minutes Aycliffe replied when Marc Costello fired in a dangerous free-kick but Ben Pollock headed away before Costello’s return ball was too strong for Paul Kane. On 25 minutes Dunston put together some brilliant passing play on the right with Liam Thear linking with Scott Heslop and Jake Stafford. The ball was finally played to David Hiftle who took a couple of strides before hammering a swerving low shot from 25-yards which arrowed across McLaren and into the corner. 0 – 2.

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From the kick-off Aycliffe threatened on their right as full-back Gavin Wilson was sent away by Glen Lane but his dangerous cross was superbly cleared by Ben Pollock. In the next minute Dunston were back again as Thear cut in from the left and his terrific shot was deflected wide. Rundle’s flag-kick found Fitzpatrick who sent a header just past the angle before Rundle cut in from the left and sent in a shot which drew loud claims for hand-ball as it was blocked. Dunston almost gifted Aycliffe a goal in the 38th minute when Paul Kane latched onto a bad back-pass but as he bore down on goal, Niall Harrison raced out to bravely block. Kane went even closer in the 42nd minute when he was allowed to turn on the edge of the box and his powerful shot sped across Harrison and just past the far post.

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Half-Time Score:  Newton Aycliffe  0   Dunston UTS  2

   

With the slope in their favour, the home side came out for the second-half in a more determined frame of mind. They were passing the ball much better but were unable to make much impression on a solid Dunston defence. The first real chance fell to the visitors on 51 minutes when Liam Thear made a tricky run on the right and his wicked low cross skidded right across the home six-yard box through a sea of legs. Keeper McLaren almost gifted Dunston a goal on 53 minutes when he mis-controlled the ball and just managed to hack away with Mark Fitzpatrick inches away from slotting home. Two minutes later Glen Lane had a free-kick opportunity at the other end but his effort went high over the bar. On 59 minutes Jake Stafford linked with Adam Rundle and his cross was met by Fitzpatrick whose flicked header went just past the angle.

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Five minutes later, some excellent passing on the corner of the box between Thear and Fitzpatrick ended with the former shooting narrowly wide of the near post. Throughout the game the home side had been putting in some meaty challenges and the referee finally ran out of patience on 71 minutes when Jamie Davis committed another bad foul and was dismissed for a second caution. In the 77th minute another link-up between Fitzpatrick and Thear sent the number nine in on goal but McLaren pulled off a brilliant save to tip over Fitzpatrick’s pile-driver. This let-off seemed to spur on Aycliffe’s ten-men and they created three good chances in a five minute spell. Substitute Matthew Pennal was involved on each occasion as he firstly shot narrowly over on 80 minutes, then a minute later Niall Harrison made a brave block on the edge of his box to keep him at bay.

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Just three more minutes had elapsed before Pennal was released into the Dunston box again and this time Harrison pulled off an even better save to push the effort wide. At the other end, Liam Thear made another great run into the box and looked a certain scorer but McLaren managed to block the shot. On 87 minutes one of the other Aycliffe substitutes, Stuart Banks made a skillful run into the Dunston half before being upended 25-yards from goal but Nathan Stephenson skied the resulting free-kick to waste the chance. There was still time for Harrison to pull off another superb save in the 89th minute when Banks sent over a corner which was met by a bullet Marc Costello header but the Dunston keeper held on.

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Final Score:  Newton Aycliffe  0   Dunston UTS  2

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Dunston’s Man of the Match: Mark Fitzpatrick – Mark never stopped running all game and gave his team-mates time to get up and support him. A very good team effort on a night when they all had to battle in a very physical encounter.

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Newton Aycliffe: McLaren, Wilson, Matthews (Tarling), Trotter, Costello, Brown, Stephenson, Davis, Kane (Pennal), Lane (Banks), Oliver. Subs not used: Weldon, Hutchinson.

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Dunston UTS: Harrison, Hiftle, Halliday, Stafford, Pollock, Jones (Hall), Thear, Anderson, Fitzpatrick, Heslop, Rundle.

Subs not used: Lowther, Burrell, Swailes.

 
 

 
 
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