Dunston FC vs Blyth Spartans match report
Dunston played host to Blyth Spartans on Friday night, as supporters were allowed back into The UTS Stadium for the first time since March.
Chris Swailes was without the injured midfielder trio of Michael Pearson, Ursene Mouanda and Jake Stafford whilst Dan Halliday was unavailable. Despite injury worries Dunston were still able to name a strong starting XI against the Conference North side who were playing only their second game of pre-season having lost 0-3 to Hebburn Town last week.
The visitors went into half time with a 2 goal lead, Panos opened the scoring on 13 minutes, Kieron Charlton cut inside on the wing to send a ball towards the back post to Robbie Dale, his cushioned header back across the box found an unmarked Panos in space and the forward was left with the relatively easy task of slotting the ball past Connell.
Corey McKeown put the visitors further ahead on 28 minutes when his low drilled shot from distance trickled through Connell’s hands as the keeper seemingly had the ball in his grasp.
Dunston pulled one back in the second half as a Jack Elliott cross inside the box was deflected off Spartans defender Michael Nelson.
Blyth created enough opportunities in the game to further their lead and Dunston were thankful for the defensive awareness on Michael Hall on more than one occasion with Blyth looking dangerous in wide positions.
Dunston created opportunities of their own but were often pushed out wide or forced to shoot from distance by a well organised Blyth defence.
Despite the result, there was a noticeable improvement during this game as Dunston played some good looking football in stages.