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Morpeth Town 3 Dunston UTS 2
Northern League Division One
23rd December 2017
Attendance 222
Report By T.C.
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Dunston just not able to get a result...

Dunston travelled up the A1 to Craik Park to play Morpeth Town current EBAC Northern League leaders. Dunston are able to welcome back Michael Pearson (extended holiday) and James Martin (injured) while Ben pollock returns from suspension but Jake Stafford serves a ban for 5 cautions. So manager Chris Swailes has a good squad of players to choose from after their recent victory 4-2 at Shildon with the other fixtures being postponed due to the weather.

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Dunston UTS: Grant, Hiftle, Halliday, Lowther, Pollock, Hall, Thear L, Burrell, Fitzpatrick, Hawkes (Pearson 45), 

Thear K, (Martin 62) Subs not used: Elliott C, Harrison, Heslop.

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Morpeth: Dryden, Forster, Turner, Sayer, Danny Carson, Reid, David Carson, Phillips (Elliott S 70), Davison (Taylor 63), Henderson, Walton (Graydon 78). Subs not Used: Fry, Coppen.

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Dunston almost scored on their first attack in the 2nd minute as Burrell played into Fitzpatrick whose shot was blocked by Dryden. On 5, Sayer tried a free kick which Grant collected. Dunston were back on 8 as Liam Thear tried a shot which was blocked and from the rebound Thear fired it just wide of the post. In an open game Morpeth went close on 13 as Henderson fired in a shot that went just over the bar from 20 yards out. On 18, Kelvin Thear played into Hawkes whose

shot was saved and deflected wide of the post by Dryden. From the corner taken by Hawkes, the ball was not cleared an bounced kindly to Hall who bulleted his header into the net for the opening goal on 20 minutes.

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A bemused Morpeth side rallied to recover but the Dunston side were solid up until the 38 minute when Henderson played in a cross from the left wing which found former South Shields player Phillips at the back post who headed past a stranded Grant for the equaliser. Morppeth tried to push for another an Forster powered a 30 yard shot just over the bar and again 2 minutes later as Walton fired in a shot which Grant saved.

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Half Time Score: Morpeth 1 Dunston UTS 1

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Morpeth came out strong in the second half looking for a lead and to their good fortune as a ball was played in from the left wing and in his attempts to clear Michael Hall skewed the ball into his own net past a bewildered Grant, 2-1 to

Morpeth after 47 minutes. Dunston rallied and on 52 Hall again was found at the back post and headed strongly into the net for his second and a 2-2 score line. Within a minute Morpeth, showing their intention went close as Turner fired a 25 yard over the cross bar.

 

As Morpeth applied the pressure the Dunston defence held out and played the ball out for some quick breakaways which

kept Morpeth wary. On 67, Henderson fired a shot wide from 20 yards out, 2 minutes later a Lowther corner into the front

post was headed clear. On 72, Hendeson again saw a shot deflected for a corner by Halliday. As the game went into the

final five minutes, Morpeth were playing most of their attacks down the right wing through the skilful Taylor and it played

off them on 86 as Taylor found some space a powered upto the Dunston area he un leashed a shot and again the unfortunate Hall could only deflect the ball past a wrong footed Grant into the net for 3-2 to Morpeth.

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The final five minutes of the game were spent by Morpeth wasting time in taking short free kicks and corners and just shielding the ball as Dunston attempted to recover the ball.

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Final Score: Morpeth 3-2 Dunston UTS

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Dunston played well against a strong Morpeth side, Morpeth were fortunate in the goals that they scored but did put in a strong performance that tested Dunston over the whole game. Dunston’s game surprised Morpeth and Dunston were unfortunate not to be ahead at half time as they saw their chances saved or go just wide. In the second half Morpeth

came out more determined but still Dunston could have got a result but for the two deflected shots from an unlucky Michael Hall.  Dunston at least deserved a point but learned that it is tough at the top.

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Dunston’s Man of the Match: Michael Hall, Michael was strong against his old team and his headed goals gave Dunston a justified opportunity in the game however the unfortunate deflections at the other end were unavoidable and were not something that Dunston deserved for what was a valiant team performance.

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Dunston’s Next Home Game: EBAC Northern League Div 1, Saturday 30th  December 2017 against North Shields

3:00pm Kick off.

 
     
 
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