Northern League Division One
27th March 2018
Dunston UTS v Sunderland RCA
Attendance 142


Dunston tried but fail to build on lead.

Dunston welcomed Sunderland RCA to the UTS Stadium for their EBAC Northern League Division One match on another cold evening due to a strong wind. Dunston have top scorer Mark Fitzpatrick fit and replaces Jack Elliott who takes a place on the bench. Sunderland RCA arrive at Dunston in good form which earns them their current 7th place in the league.


Dunston UTS: Harrison, Marrs, Halliday, Stafford, Procter, Hall, Pearson, Thear L, Burrell, Fitzpatrick, Heslop,

(L Elliott 71), Thear L. Subs not Used: Elliott C, Grant, Thear K, Faiola.


Sunderland RCA: Finch, Noble, McNab, Hodgson, Swansbury, Elliott D, Charlton, Page, O’Neill, Larkin, Callen.  Subs not Used: Armstrong, Davis, McGuinness, Ashton, Limbo.


RCA put pressure on the Dunston defence from the kick off, but their chances were thwarted as they strayed offside twice

in good positions. On 4, Dunston failed to clear and Dylan Elliott had a 15 yard shot blocked by Pollock. Dunston replied

on 6 as Thear played on to Fitzpatrick who pulled the ball across the RC box and was cleared for a corner. On 11, Burrell saw his driven shot from 2o yards blocked and cleared, on 12, a Pearson free kick into the area was headed clear by Cullen only as far as Thear whose 20 yard shot dipped just over the bar. A minute later Thear fed Burrell who played a ball across the RCA box and was cleared.


On 14, Burrell headed a ball on to the bar from a Thear corner, the ball fell down to Michael Hall who forced the ball over

the line from 2 yards out 1- 0 to Dunston.  On 17 Charlton shot just wide from 25 yards for RCA. On 28 a great cross-field diagonal ball from Halliday to Thear resulted in a 20 yard shot from Thear which Finch saved. On 35, a good turn from

Thear saw him in space to shoot from 20 yards but Finch saved again. A minute later Dunston were desperately defending their goal as RCA had 3 shots blocked before the ball went out for a corner.


On 37, Thear chased down a through ball by Fitzpatrick won the ball of McNab and his first time shot from 18 yards went just over the bar. On 42, slack Dunston defending allowed a cross from Noble which was headed home from 6 yards by

the tall O’Neill to get the equalizer. A minute into added time Thear received a return pass from Fitzpatrick and his shot

from 25 yards went just past the post.


Half Time Score Dunston UTS 1  Sunderland RCA 1


Dunston were caught on the hop just after halftime and on 48 minutes RCA got what was the eventual winner as Larkin unmarked on the far post played a volley across Harrison and into the net to score a good goal. On 50, Larkin was played clear again this time Harrison came out and blocked the shot from 18 yards out. On 59, Callan en got in a header at the back post from a corner which went over the bar.


Dunston replied on 61 as Stafford tried a 25 yard shot which Finch collected. On 63, Fitzpatrick got his head to a corner and Finch collected on his line. On 70 a long throw from Halliday was just too good and evaded the attempts of the

Dunston Forwards before being cleared from the 6 yard box. On 73 a Burrell cross was headed clear for a corner and

from the corner the ball fell to Hall who’s shot from 15 yards was blocked.


On 76, RCA were penalized for handball as Burrell tried a shot, but Fitzpatrick was unable to convert the penalty as Finch dived low to save. Dunston tried hard but could not get the equalizer as Liam Mars played into Thear whose shot was deflected for a corner. On the 1st minute of added time Page shot into the Dunston side netting from 8 yards out, 2 minutes later Jack Elliott on for Heslop fired in a cross for Fitzpatrick whose header was straight at the keeper and was saved.


Full Time Score Dunston UTS 1  Sunderland RCA 2


Dunston were not firing on all cylinders tonight and let the game slip away from them. RCA were a good side and restricted Dunston's chances to continue the good run of form.


Dunston’s Man of the Match: Dale Burrell, Dale tried hard and showed by example with a great deal of effort to lead his side but it was not the day/night and chances were missed while the Dunston defence pad for their slack marking.

Next game at home to Bishop Auckland on Saturday 30th March in EBAC Northern League Division 1 3:30 KO.


Man of the match, Dale Burrell


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 Next game at home to Bishop Auckland on Saturday 30th March in EBAC Northern League D1, Kick off 3:00pm


Report by T.C