Northern League Division One
21st April 2018
Team Northumbria v Dunston UTS
Attendance 120



Dunston welcomed Team Northumbria to the UTS Stadium for their EBAC Northern League Division One match on a beautiful spring day with most of the crowd in shirt sleeves.


Dunston are playing their 3rd home game of the week after 4th game in 5 days after their 2-0 defeat to Marske on Thursday night. Dunston manager Chris Swales has again made changes to give a rest to some players and those that have picked up knocks. Team North are looking for a victory that would take them above Dunston in the league. 


Dunston UTS: Harrison, Elliott C, Halliday (Marrs 49), Pearson, Pollock, Capewell,  Elliott J,  Burrell, Fitzpatrick, Heslop, Henderson (Stafford 45). Subs not Used: Grant, Hall , Faiola.


Team Northumbria: Murphy, Webster, Day, McNamara, Spence (Jewitt 48), Dibb Fuller, Redford

(Cristea 85), Ardelean, Green, Read. Subs not Used: Taggart, Djukic, Gunn.  



Dunston started strongly and on 2, a Callum Elliott cross was met by Pearson who headed just over the bar

On 5, a Halliday free kick was met with header from Heslop which was blocked as far as Capewell who header was cleared.  On 9, Callum Elliott fed into Heslop who turned and shot and Murphy saved. A minute later a Pearson free kick was met by Pollock whose header went just over the bar.  Team North got their first chance and goal on 12 as Dibb Fuller played in a cross which was cleared as far as Day who drove a terrific shot from 20 yards out into the Dunston goal past a helpless Harrison. On 14, goalkeeper Harrison cleared  long and Heslop chased the ball into the box, Heslop tried a lob over Murphy but over hit it and it went over the bar. On 24,  Dibb Fuller was played into the box and Callum Elliott worked back and blocked his attempt on goal for Harrison to collect. A minute later Jack Elliott  played in a corner and Capewell  rose at the back post  and headed just wide.


On 27, Halliday attempted an overhead kick as the ball was cleared but Murphy was able to collect. On 32, Heslop combined with Fitzpatrick and ended in a volley by Heslop going just wide from 20 yards out. Dunston wer creating chances but they could not get the break though despite efforts by Pollock and Burrell just going wide. On 40, Webster for Team North had a header at the back post blocked on the line and cleared, before Jack Elliott fired in a shot from the left but Murphy saved low down at his post. In the 2nd minute of added time a Halliday long throw was met by the head of Burrell which was headed clear of the goal by a defender.



Half Time Score Dunston UTS 0 v 1 Team Northumbria.


Team North came out and started on top in the second half but the Dunston defence held out. On 49, Dunston got the equaliser as Burrell slotted a ball through for Fitzpatrick who won a challenge and then powered a shot past Murphy on his goal line. On 53, a 45 yard diagonal ball from halfway towards Stafford was marred by a Murphy interception. A minute later Day fired a 20 yard shot over the bar.


On 55, Jack Elliott  shot from the left and Murphy saved. On 63, Fitzpatrick created another chance as he drove a shot across the Team North goal and clear. On 67, Jack Elliott beat Green and played in a cross but no Dunston player could apply the final touch. A minute later, Pollock met a free kick but his header again was saved by Murphy. Another minute and this time Fitzpatrick turned in the box and fired a shot that went wide of the far post. On 70, Fitzpatrick tried a freekick from 20 yards out only to see it go just wide of the post. Six minutes later, Fitzpatrick turned provider and laid a ball off to Heslop whose shot from 20 yards was saved by Murphy.


On 77 a Team North  corner by Dibb Fuller went right across  the Dunston goal and out of play for a goal kick. On 78, Stafford  played a ball into the box for Heslop but an alert Murphy cleared his area. On 80, the last chance of the game came as Fitzpatrick won a ball 20 yards out and shot just wide of the far post.


Full Time Score Dunston UTS 1 v  1 Team Northumbria.


Dunston’s Man of the Match: Jack Elliott –Jack worked tirelessly and was unlucky not to score or assist the other forwards in Dunston’s attempts on goal. This was another good performance from a side who were physically tired and put 100%  into the game.

Man of the Match, Jack Elliott

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Report By T.C.