Dunston UTS FC vs Liversedge - Match report
Dunston fell to just a third home defeat of the season as high flyers Liversedge took all three points back down the M1.Two goals in either half were enough for the Sedge as they continued their push for automatic promotion.
The first big chance of the game went to the visitors, when Joe Walton fizzed a header just wide of the post on five minutes. Michael Fowler had the ball in the net for Dunston shortly after, but the flag was up despite good battling work from Craig Baxter to set Fowler through.
Despite this scare, the visitors took the lead on fifteen minutes when Walton broke the offside trap and laid Declan Bacon, who turned the ball home with the Dunston backline searching for a flag. Just three minutes later, the Sedge doubled their lead.
A Max Dearnley goal kick evaded the Dunston’s defence and Walton reacted quickest, reaching the bouncing ball before Liam Connell to loop a header in and put the away side firmly in control of the game.
It was one way traffic as the half edged on with the visitors nearly adding two more before half time.First, Paul Walker skewed wide after a fine Liam Connell save from Bacon on the turn before Lewis Whitham lashed into the side netting having rounded the Dunston stopper on the break.
In the second half, Dunston looked more lively and searched for a way back into the game. First, Liam Thear blazed overfrom the edge of the box and then Michael Fowler poked widefrom 25 yards out following a long through ball from Michael Hall.
Despite their endeavour, Dunston couldn’t find the elusive goal to get them back into the game, and they were punished for their missed chances when Whitham broke on the counterattack, twisting and turning in the box and blasting an unstoppable shot past Connell for 3-0 to effectively put the game to bed.
Dunston continued to scrap, but a comfortable Liversedge performance was rounded off by Bacon with twenty minutes to play. Despite Craig Scott being involved in an altercation in the visitors box after a corner, the referee allowed the game to continue, with Whitham breaking and feeding Bacon who put the ball over Connell and into the net to round off a fine performance from the promotion chasers.
Sado Djalo came close on his return from Blyth Spartans, turning a shot over in a congested box from a corner, but overall, it was a day to forget for Chris Swailes’ side who were well beaten by a clinical side.
Dunston will have to regroup, with the games getting no easier at the business end of the season.
Cleethorpes Town are up next at home, another team currently sitting in the playoff places.