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Saturday 18th November 2017

EBAC Northern League Division 1

Dunston UTS 0

Penrith 2

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Dunston welcomed Penrith to the UTS Stadium for their home league fixture in the EBAC Northern League. Dunston are once again struggling with injuries losing both Callum Elliott and Carl Jones through injuries, Aidan Grant is medically unavailable and Scott Heslop was on the bench after just travelling back from abroad, so manager Chris Swailes has recalled Andy Clark as goal keeper cover and has arranged a loan deal with Hartlepool for Josh Hawkes to bolster the midfield.

  

Dunston are currently in 5th place but have recently lost at home in the FA Vase by 1-0 to Worksop Town although the did manage to defeat Newton Aycliffe in the league cup by 2 goals to nil in midweek.Penrith are currently in 19th place after  poor start to their season  and having introduced a number of young players to their squad although Martyn Coleman has recently returned to bolster their attack.

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Dunston UTS: Harrison, Stafford, Halliday, Lowther, Hiftle, Hall, Thear L, Anderson, Fitzpatrick, Hawkes (Heslop),

Rundle (Thear K). Subs not used: Clark, Burrell, Hutchinson.

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Penrith: Copland, James, Holliday, Bowles, May, Davidson, Shields (Paul ), Main, Coleman, Murray-Jones, Gardner. Subs not Used: Hodgson, Murray, Robertson.

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Dunston started on the front foot and on 2 minutes got the first chance as debutant Hawkes played in a cross from the left which was headed behind for a corner. Penrith replied on 6 minutes with Murray- Jones playing a shot from 18 yards which was deflected wide for a corner. Fitzpatrick challenged keeper Copland  for a long clearance at the edge of the Penrith box he picked up the loose ball and played it across the goal to Rundle but his attempt was cleared. A minute later Murray-Jones was again shooting from 20 yards out but it went wide. Play seemed to stagnate and it was on 18 minutes when Dunston got their next chance a free kick from 25 yards which Lowther just fired a dipping shot just over the bar.

  

On 20, Halliday powered his way into the Penrith box with a neat pass and return from Thear but his shot went into the side netting of the near post. On 22, Liam Thear turned neatly in the box at the far post but his shot was blocked for a corner. A minute later Halliday  played a cross through the 6 yard box and out of play for a goal kick. The game again stumbled into a midfield battle with neither side creating chances right up to half time.

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Half Time Score Dunston 0-0 Penrith.

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Penrith came out strong in the second half and on 48, Coleman shot past Harrison but his shot was blocked and cleared to Murray-Jones who shot from 20 yards against the cross bar and Harrison recovered to punch the ball clear. The Dunston side did not up their game and allowed Penrith to put them under pressure, on 53 the Dunston defence failed to clear the ball further than 35 yards where Main fired in a shot which found the top right corner of the net for the opening goal. Dunston almost got an equaliser on 55 when Thear at the back post could not direct a cross to the back post from Hawkes and the goalkeeper collected. On 61, Murray-Jones was denied from 6 yards as Harrison went full length to claw the ball away from the goal- line to be cleared.

   

On 64, Thear crossed to the back post and Rundle fired into the side netting. On 66, Murray-Jones chased a short back pass flicking it past Harrison, fortunately Hiftle had recovered to block the shot and to clear the ball. 5 minutes later Penrith got their second  as Gardner picked up a loose ball 18 yards out and shot his shot was deflected and ballooned over the Dunston defenders and into the net. Dunston did not have a response and on 78, May headed over the Dunston cross bar from 7 yards out. With only 2 minutes to play Dunston rallied and Lowther played in a cross to the back post, but no Dunston player was able to reach it, the ball all was however returned in by Kelvin Thear only to be blocked and cleared. On 90 minutes, Gardner fired a final effort into the near post side netting before the referee brought the game to an end.

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Final Score Dunston 0 – 2 Penrith

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This was a huff & puff performance by Dunston and they were unable to punish the Penrith defence or test the Penrith goal keeper. Penrith took their chances well and showed Dunston the way to create chances. But for some good stops and clearances by Harrison the score could have been worse.

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Dunston’s Man of the Match: Naill Harrison who was one player who played to his true potential and could not be held responsible for the two goals.

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Dunston’s Next Home Game: EBAC Northern League Div 1, Saturday 2nd  December 2017 against Ashington 3:00 KO.

 
     
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