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Bridlington Town 0
3 Dunston
Robinson (6', 56'), Pearson (67')

REPORT | Bridlington Town 0 Dunston UTS 3

Dunston recorded a fourth successive win and third consecutive clean sheet with an impressive 3-0 away win at Bridlington Town.

Two goals from David Robinson, and a twelfth goal of the season for Dale Pearson, moved Dunston back up into the play-offs.

Jon McDonald made two changes from last week’s win against Ossett. JJ Chrisp came in for the injured Chris McDonald, and Jordan Lamb replaced Richard Coulson in the forward line.

With Dunston full of confidence after recent performances, it was the perfect start as David Robinson opened the scoring after just six minutes.

Phil Turnbull delivered a perfectly executed free kick into the box and Robinson was lurking at the back post to head home from close-range.

The first half was far from a classic with much of play in the middle of the park. The next shot on goal didn’t come until the 25th minute when Dale Pearson got onto the end of a long ball over the top of the Brid defence however, James Hitchcock rushed out quickly and smothered the effort on goal.

A similar chance arose eight minutes later when Jack Maskell played the ball over the top to Dale Pearson, but again Hitchcock pulled off the save to keep the score at 0-1 heading into the break.

Dunston began the second half looking threatening and ultimately doubled the lead nine minutes into the half. David Robinson grabbed his brace in spectacular fashion.

From 25 yards out, the Dunston number 10 pulled the trigger and curled the ball past Hitchcock, leaving the Bridlington ‘keeper with no chance.

In full control of the game, it continued to be one-way traffic as Jordan Lamb came close on 62 minutes, but his effort was blocked.

Five minutes later, Dale Pearson continued his excellent goal scoring form this season. The Dunston forward picked the ball up outside the box and drilled a powerful effort past Hitchcock for his twelfth of the season.

With the game looking comfortable, Jon McDonald made some changes as he introduced Sado Djalo and Richard Coulson. The latter almost made an instant impact as the ball dropped to Coulson inside the box, but Hitchcock produced a fine save to deny him.

Things got a little bit interesting in the final few minutes of the game as the hosts searched for a route back into the game. Glen Sani looked lively down the left and came close in the 85th minute as he skied an effort over the bar from a few yards out.

With 88 minutes played, the floodlights caused havoc as they packed in just before a Bridlington corner. The players left the field and returned ten minutes later once the lights were back on to finish the final few minutes of the game.

Sani came close twice in stoppage time as the Bridlington winger once again missed the target from a yard out before forcing Dan Staples into his first save of the game.

Ultimately, Dunston held firm for a third straight clean sheet and fourth straight win, climbing up to 5th place in the Pitching In Northern Premier League East table.

Report by Callum Pattison 

Image Credit - Beauty Time Photography

Published Saturday 23rd December 2023