Colne vs Dunston - Match Preview.
Dunston face a tough midweek trip to Colne in The BetVictor NPL N/West Division and will be looking to put an end to a three game losing streak.
Dunston defender Craig Scott (pictured below) having picked up The Dunston UTS Supporters Club Man of The Match award in Dunston’s last two games, said “Tuesday’s game is hugely important for us. We know we haven’t been good enough collectively of late, which is reflected in our recent results”. He added “Colne are a strong side, but we more than matched them in The FA Cup earlier in the season, so it’s set up to be a good game”.
Both sides were fancied by many to be serious contenders for promotion this season but currently find themselves languishing at the wrong end of the table, that said a both Dunston and Colne have a serious amount of games in hand over the teams around them, so three points to either side will be of paramount importance.
Having encountered one another back in October, Colne emerged on the right side of a 3-2 score-line at The UTS Stadium in the 3rd qualifying round of The FA Cup, thanks to a Sefton Gonzales winner in the 87th minute. Gonzales has recently joined Dunston’s near neighbours South Shields.
Colne have taken Newcastle born midfielder Tyler Brownsword from League 2 side Morecambe, along with Rio Wilson-Heyes from Prestwich Heys, who is line to start against Dunston, the midfielder scoring 8 goals in 24 goals at his previous club, whilst on-loan Will Harris has been recalled to Burnley.
The Reds recently recruited Damian Crossley to their back room staff, the UEFA B Licensed coach bringing a wealth of experience having spent the past 3 seasons at Ashton United.
Dunston will be without Luke Page who is currently suspended, but beyond that should have a full squad to choose from.
Colne’s previous game had ended in disappointment, having thought they’d secured all three points with a goal in the 87th, only for Marine to grab an equaliser in 96th minute and salvage a point in a 3-3 draw. Form wise The Reds have won 2, lost 2 and drawn one in their last 5 games.
Craig Scott ended “We need to put in a performance for everyone, and in particular the supporters who have followed us at every game without fail so far this season. Three points are vital to help turn around our recent run of form”.
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