Match report Pickering Town vs Dunston FC.
Dunston faced their second trip to Yorkshire in the space of a week, following on from an impressive 2-0 win at Ossett Utd on Tuesday night, Chris Swailes’ side made it 3 wins from 4 games thanks a 1-0 win at Pickering Town.
A Mark Fitzpatrick goal on 30 minutes was enough to separate the two sides, the forward composed himself to bring down a pinpoint Liam Thear delivery to the back post, Fitzy elegantly driving his shot across Pickering keeper into the bottom corner.
The score line failed to reflect the visitor’s dominance of the game. In truth Dunston were the better side from start to finish, rarely did Pickering seriously trouble an indomitable Dunston defence, apart from a nervy last gasp header from a corner which was calmly taken by Liam Connell, the hosts were outplayed throughout.
Time after time Dunston’s midfield picked off loose balls, misplaced passes and commanded the game both physically and technically. Despite the adverse weather conditions, a slope on a pitch that would excite Alberto Tomba and a constant stream of fine Yorkshire rain throughout; Dunston ran the show.
Pickering had the wood work to thank just after half time; an exquisite ball from Galbraith picking out Dan Halliday who teed up Fitzpatrick, the in-form striker curling his effort from the edge of the box only for it to cannon off the upright.
Substitute Jack Elliott seen an almost certain goal cleared off the line, his pace seeing him burst through the middle of the park, as Dunston counter attacked Elliott rode tackles, rounded the keeper and with the ball almost running beyond him due to the slick pitch, he sent his effort goal-bound from an acute angle only for Pickering’s Dave Merris to appear, as if by magic, to hook the ball away.
Speaking to Manager Chris Swailes after the game:
“I thought we dictated the game, especially early doors, the score-line flatters them if I’m being totally honest. We created a lot in the final 3rd and if the ball and quality of the delivery had of been a bit better, we would’ve scored a few more goals, but a win’s a win”.
He added “The fact that we’ve kept a clean sheet as well, that’s two clean sheets and two wins on our travels, it’s great and we’ve got two home games to come”.
“The way we’re playing, defensively we look solid, midfield wise we’re creating a lot and the front lads have always got a goal in them, so I’m chuffed to ribbons at the minute and long may it continue”
This result now sees Dunston move up 2nd in the table, level on points with Ramsbottom Utd and Colne as Dunston look to continue their bright start to the season with Tadcaster Albion the visitors to The UTS Stadium on Tuesday night.
Dunston UTS FC Supporters Club Man of the Match: Michael Hall
Michael Hall is kindly sponsored by
Home shirt - Penalty Box
Away shirt - Mr Brian Sellars
Training shirt - Mr Brian Sellars.
Images courtesy of Kelvin Shell Beauty Time Photography.
Match day video highlights courtesy of Ken Fitzpatrick.