16th September 2017
Dunston UTS v Billingham Synthonia
Northern League Division One
3 - 0
Dunston UTS v Billingham Synthonia
Heslop 2

  Dunston make it seven in a row....

Dunston welcomed newly promoted Biliingham Synthonia to the UTS Stadium for their Northern League Division 1 league game. Dunston are currently on a rich vane of form with 6 victories in the last 6 games including a 6-2 Durham County Cup game against Bishop Auckland in midweek.

Billingham have not fared so well on their return to the 1st Division and have only secured two points which leaves them near the bottom of the league table. Dunston had a couple of small knocks in midweek but with Liam Thear having a facial injury and James Martin unavailable, manager Chris Swailes had to make changes.

Dunston UTS: Grant, Elliott, Halliday, Lowther,, Pollock, Hall, Anderson (Hiftle 79), Burrell, Fitzpatrick, Heslop, Rundle.
Subs not Used: Jones, Harrison, Stafford.

Billingham Synthonia: Gibbs, Hillerby, Gavin (Tunstall 85), Seaton, Nelson, Rowe, Salmon, Hume, Hassan, Garton
(Edwards 62), Preistley (Breslin 62). Subs all used.

The game started evenly while Dunston found their feet on the slippery pitch allowing the ball to zip through sometimes making control difficult, Billingham were also not allowing Dunston to play their passing game, however chances did come from Dunston's approach play. On 8, Burrell got on the end of a Rundle free kick 18 yards out his header going just wide of
the post. A minute later Seaton tried an effort for Sinners from 35 yards that went comfortably over the bar. On 14, a Halliday cross was met by Heslop and his header went just wide of the far post. Two minutes later a cross by Hillerby went across
the Dunston area to safety.

On 21, Fitzpatrick headed an Elliott cross just over the bar. With Dunston in the ascendancy the Billingham defence had to work very hard to restrict chances. On 34, Rundle played in a corner and Fitzpatrick at the back post again directed the ball over the bar. A minute later, Lowther played a free kick into the area from the half way line, Pollock reacted first and met it
with a great glancing header into the centre of the net from 15 yards out, 1-0 to Dunston. On 39, it could have been 2-0 as Anderson fed into Rundle whose shot went over the bar. Dunston continued to dominate upto half time but failed to make chances to increase their lead.

Half Time Score: Dunston UTS 1 - 0. Billingham Synthonia

The second half started evenly in midfield as defences controlled play. On 53, Rundle failed to apply power to an Elliott cross and the keeper saved comfortably. Two minutes later Fitzpatrick collected a and ran at the Sinners defence before shooting from 20 yards but Gibbs was able to save lowdown. On 63, Hassan turned in the Dunston area creating space but his shot went over the bar. A minute later Elliott played a ball into Fitzpatrick he tried a flicked chip over the out coming keeper but saw his effort go wide of the goal.

On 78, Burrell pulled a ball back from the byline to Heslop who shot from 15 yards went over the bar. In another rare opportunity for the Sinners, Hillerby played in a cross which was too long and the ball went over the cross bar. Just when it looked like Dunston were going to have to settle for a 1-0 win, on 86, Lowther again was the supplier as he played in a
long free kick into the Sinners area, this time Heslop was on hand to deflect the ball into the Sinners net for Dunston to go
2-0 up. Within a minute it was 3-0 as Fitzpatrick took the ball into towards the by line before squaring a pass to Heslop 5
yards out, Heslop made no mistake in slotting it past Gibbs. In added time Burrell saw his 20 yard driven shot deflected for a corner and then Burrell at the back post headed a ball across the goal towards Fitzpatrick whose effort went over the bar.

Full Time Score: Dunston UTS 3 - 0 Billingham Synthonia

Dunston's Man of the Match: Ben Pollock: Ben enabled other defenders around him to play well and they marshalled the Billingham attackers and protected their goal for most of the game giving Grant very little to test him. In midfield Dunston
were sound and Lowther filled the defensive midfield role very well allowing Burrell, Rundle and Anderson room to put the Billingham side under pressure. Dunston could have had the game wrapped up at half time except their attempts were going just over the bar as Fitzpatrick and Heslop pulled the Billingham defence across the park.

Attendance 143

, S. Sugden

Report By T.C.

Dunston's Next Home Game: v Washington in the FA Vase 2nd Qualifying Round on 23rd September 2017 3:00 KO.