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Dunston 1
Djalo (36')
1 Grantham Town
Wright (61')

REPORT | Dunston UTS 1-1 Grantham Town

Despite going ahead in the first half through Sadó Djaló, Dunston failed to build on their lead after half-time, and were pegged back mid-way through the second half when Grantham captain Jake Wright equalised.

Will Jenkins served his final game of a three match suspension, whilst Craig Scott returned to the bench after missing the Bridlington Town game through injury.

It was a quiet start to the game with both teams struggling to get to grips with the tricky pitch, but never the less Dunston were in the ascendency and had the first opportunity when Richard Coulson pick up a lay off and fired into the hands of Grantham goalkeeper Dan Haystead.

But it was Grantham who were almost ahead on 22 minutes. A cross was almost turned into his own net by Terry Galbraith, but Dan Staples was able to scramble and dive onto the ball before it crossed the line.

As the half ebbed on, Dunston began to assert more dominance on the game. Carl Finnigan saw a dinked effort cleared off the line, before Djaló blazed wide from range.

But on 36 minutes, Djaló did get Dunston on the scoresheet. A flowing counter attack saw Djaló meet a delightful through ball from Dale Pearson, and the striker was able to calmly slot past Haystead for 1-0.

Despite the lead, Dunston struggled to get going in the second half and they were punished on 61 minutes. With Grantham in the ascendency, a corner that was originally cleared off the line bounced towards Wright who was able to head home to level the game.

Both teams went hammer and tongs to win the game, and Finnigan had Dunston’s best chance. A brilliant floated cross towards the back post from substitute Jack Elliott was met by Finnigan, but the defenders just about did enough to put the striker off and his header rose agonisingly over the bar.

And there was one more chance for Dunston late in the game as Pearson met Craig Baxter’s cross from the right, but his header drifted just wide of the target as Dunston were held to a frustrating draw.

The point sees Dunston close the gap to the playoff places to 5 points, and they now have a busy Easter weekend, first hosting Champions Worksop Town before heading to second placed Hebburn on Bank Holiday Monday.

Published Wednesday 5th April 2023