Northern League Division One
24th March 2018
Dunston UTS v Newton Aycliffe
Attendance 148


300 home league victories for Dunston as Thear strikes again...

Dunston welcomed Newton Aycliffe to the UTS Stadium for their EBAC Northern League Division One match on a pleasant spring day on which the Dunston pitch looks in great condition after the recent bad weather. Dunston are without top scorer Mark Fitzpatrick who is replaced by new signing Jack Elliott for his debut game. Newton Aycliffe arrive at Dunston after good run of form against the top sides in the league has saw them rise up to 14th place, unfortunately in the warm up their first choice goal keeper James Wimter has pulled up injured and so Jack McLaren has to set up.


The game started competitively with both sides showing their intent, on 3, Halliday played in Burrell who was just unable to direct his shot on target from 6 yards out. A minute later Hall had to make a good challenge to clear from the edge of his box as Pennall raced into the box. On 7, Thear made a good run down the right and his cross was cleared by the Aycliffe defence. Two minutes later Hall again had to clear as Hutchinson crossed low into the goal area with Pennall waiting to pounce.


On 12, Hall cleared a ball up field and the Dunston forwards were buzzing as the Aycliffe defence struggled to clear, Heslop played a ball into Thear who controlled, turned and struck a shot into the top right hand corner of the net, 1-0 to Dunston after 13 minutes.


A minute later Thear again on the right put in a cross which went just over the bar, again on 18, Thear fired in a low shot from the right but this time McLaren collected the ball. On 21, Heslop went down the right played the ball into Thear whose shot as turned around the post by McLaren. The game carried on with both side defences on top breaking down moves.


On 43, Dunston increased their lead as a long throw from Halliday into the area fell to Burrell who was able to poke a shot into the net from 6 yards out.


Half Time Score Dunston UTS 2  Newton Aycliffe 0


The second half saw Aycliffe get their first chance as Pennall under challenge from the chasing Marrs saw his shot from 18 yards go wide. Dunston were soon back on their game as Burrell pulled a ball back across the area towards Pearson in the centre of goal but it was cleared. On 51, Aycliffe were awarded a free kick just outside the box on the right for handball, the free kick from Weldon was fired across the Dunston goal and was cleared. On 67 Thear was dribbling along the Aycliffe goal line from the right only to see his poked shot from 5 yards saved by an alert McLaren. On 68, Aycliffe got their first shot on target as Hutchinson fired in an effort but Harrison saved.


On 69, Jack Elliott broke through the Aycliffe rear guard only to see his final pass go astray on the edge of the box. On 70, Burrell saw his 30 yard effort blocked and cleared. A minute later Elliott fired in a cross from the left which just evaded all attempts to contact at the far post. On 73, Aycliffe got their goal as Charmey fired in a free kick from 35 yards on the left, Harrison did well but could only parry the ball which rebounded to Grant-Soulsby who fired home from 8 yards at the back post. The game then became a tactical battle in midfield as both sides tightened their control and no real chances were created until 87 minutes when Liam Thear fed his brother Kelvin just outside the 6 yard box at the front post but his attempt was blocked. Aycliffe replied and almost equalized a minute later as Halliday was on hand to clear an Aycliffe attempt off the goal line following a corner.


Full Time Score Dunston UTS 2 Newton Aycliffe 1


Dunston completed their 300th home v Victory in the EBAC Northern League in good form against a good strong Newton Aycliffe side, their performance was accredit to some good defensive play restricting the Aycliffe forwards attempts on target and protecting Harrison in the Dunston goal. Harrison to his credit played a major role in organizing and communicating with his players.


Dunston’s Man of the Match: Michael Hall was pivotal in defence not giving Hutchinson any chances and getting in some great chance saving challenges to thwart the Aycliffe attack. Once again this was a team performance and Thear and Heslop up front were in good form and constantly asked questions of the Aycliffe defence along with the probing in midfield of Pearson, Burrell and Stafford.


Man of the match , Michael Hall

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Next game at home to Sunderland RCA on Tuesday 27th March in EBAC Northern League Division 1 7:30 KO.