Dunston UTS vs Ryhope CW
Tuesday 5th March 2019.
Ebac Northern League Division 1.
Attendance: 174

Match report by: Danny Whalen.

Team line-ups.
Dunston UTS: Dryden, Marrs, Halliday (C), Stafford, Grant-Soulsby, Capewell, J Elliott. Haley (C,Elliott)Fitzpatrick, Nellis (Jackson), Brooks (Scott). Subs not used: Harrison, Pearson.  

Ryhope CW: Atkinson, King,Cocks, Riding (C), Walker, Lay,Weirs, Trewick, Devlin (Bird), Hotchkiss (Wallace), Ellis. Subs not used: Ball, Kane.  

Match Officials. Referee: D.Wade (Shildon),  Asst’s: D.Watson (Darlington) S.Parnaby (Bishop Auckland).  

Dunston UTS welcome Ryhope CW to The UTS Stadium in tonight’s Northern League 1st Division encounter.
The home side could open up a 13 point gap at the top of the table should they continue with their impressive
winning streak. The two sides have met one another twice already this season; Dunston UTS recorded a 4-2
away win in the opposing league fixture whilst in The FA Vase this season Dunston UTS eliminated Ryhope CW
with 2-0 win.  

Scott Heslop is unavailable tonight due to a knee injury which he picked up against West Auckland on Saturday
and is replaced upfront by Jordan Nellis. Aiden Haley replaces Michael Pearson in the middle, Pearson picked up a knock in the warm-up although he is selected on the bench.  

Dunston UTS’s first effort comes from great ball down the middle by Dan Halliday out wide to Liam Brooks on the left wing, Brooks performs a superb turn against Adam Cocks before playing in Mark Fitzpatrick who sees his shot go wide. Moments later Fitzpatrick has another effort as Dunston UTS put pressure on their opponents early on. Dan Halliday forces a corner from a dangerous cross. The corner from Marrs finds Dan Capewell who loops his headed effort over.

The away sides first effort forces a corner down the right with Jack Devlin heading narrowly wide. Ellis puts over for the visitors and Devlin heads another effort over moments later. The opening phase of the game is even as Ryhope defend deeply with two solid banks of four. Having weathered the early pressure from the home side they have carved out enough chances of their own. On 19 minutes Atkinson races out from his line quickly to close down Fitzpatrick for Dunston UTS, the striker having latched onto an excellent Liam Marrs pass up the line. At the other end Devlin finds Ellis whose shot is tamely hit at Dryden in the Dunston UTS goal.   

With Ryhope sitting deep the home side have had to be patient in an attempt to draw out opportunities as the visitors limit the space and frustrate the current league leaders. Dunston UTS earn a free kick which sees Liam Marrs curling effort, seemingly destined for the top corner magnificently tipped away by Ryhope keeper Atkinson. Marrs picks up Yellow card on 36 with Dunston UTS struggling to control the middle of the park. The away sides tactic of a deep defence and long balls out to their forward line has frustrated the Dunston UTS midfielders, the tactic is encouraging the Dunston UTS defence to push up in attack but leaving space in behind for their forwards to spring a counter attack. A Danni Lay shot on 40 minutes is tamely hit. The effort is the best effort before the break in what has been a rather drab first half.  

Half time score: Dunston UTS - 0. Ryhope CW -0.  

Ellis and Devlin combine again for Ryhope which Karl Dryden saves before Liam Marrs clears the effort. Dunston
UTS have their first effort after the re-start as Jordan Nellis fires a shot over the bar after 52 minutes following a
patient build up. Dunston UTS Manager Chris Swailes has moved Liam Brooks up front with Mark Fitzpatrick and dropped Jordan Nellis in behind, moving to 3 at the back with Jack Elliott and Liam Marrs wide in a 3-4-1-2 formation in an attempt to change the game and break through a solid Ryhope defence.

Karl Dryden pulls of another fine save from Jack Devlin half volley having combined again with Ellis. Ryhope take the lead on 60 through Devlin, a through ball from John Wiers on the break and with the ball missing Dunston UTS captain Halliday it presents the forward with time and space to put the ball into the bottom corner as Dryden comes out to close his angles. Dunston UTS -0 Ryhope CW -1.

Ryhope further extended their lead 7 minutes later as Danni Lay  connects well from a corner with the home side
lining up the substitutes. Dunston UTS -0 Ryhope CW -2.  

On come Cieran Jackson, Craig Scott and Callum Elliott for Aiden Haley, Liam Brooks and Jordan Nellis in order to change the game. Dunston UTS have a penalty claimed waived away on 76 minutes in what may have provided a life line.   Ryhope decide on changing Jack Devlin, who has proved to be a threat all night, for Robbie Bird and moments later Ryhope’s Trewick finds himself in the referees book. A Jake Stafford long range half volley on 82 sails high and wide of the Ryhope goal as Dunston UTS try in vain to force some glimmer of hope from the encounter. Ryhope replace Wallace for Hotchkiss as they look to close out the closing phase of the game. On 85 Cieran Jackson and Jack Elliott combine down the left hand side to force a corner. Craig Scott’s effort from the set piece going just wide. With a minute of the game remaining Ryhope substitute Robbie Bird puts the game beyond doubt, hitting his shot with the outside of his boot into the  bottom right corner following some patient and purposeful build up play with Dunston seemingly out of position and chasing shadows.

Full time score,  Dunston UTS 0 Ryhope CW 3.  

Dunston were not at the races in this game. Chris Swailes will no doubt have expected more from his side today. However given the recent run of form the home side have been on and the vintage season they have set this season up to be, in the grand scheme of things, today’s result can be forgiven, as disappointing as the result was. Credit to Ryhope CW who managed to defend solidly throughout the game, they came with a sound tactical plan of defending deeply and playing quickly on the break, they executing this perfectly as Dunston suffered their heaviest home league defeat in the season so far.

The home side will need to lift themselves for Saturdays away trip to North Shields as they like to get their title ambitions back on track.

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Next Game... 9th March 2019, NL Division One, North Shields v Dunston UTS , 3:00pm kick off.

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