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Cleethorpes Town 1
Walker (86')
3 Dunston
Coulson (9'), King (16'), Maskell (19')

REPORT | Cleethorpes Town 1 Dunston UTS 3

Dunston made it seven consecutive wins after a 3-1 triumph away at Cleethorpes on Wednesday night.

A ruthless opening 20 minutes saw Dunston race into a 3-0 lead as Richard Coulson, Josh King and Jack Maskell all found the back of the net.

Cleethorpes battled hard and found a consolation goal through Josh Walker in the 86th minute, but ultimately Dunston held firm for another three points.

Jon McDonald made one change from our last outing away at Consett. Richard Coulson returned to the starting XI in place of Luke Carr.

Dunston dominated the possession and territory in the early stages of the game and found the opening goal with the first attempt on target.

A Phil Turnbull cross was flicked on by Jack Maskell toward Richard Coulson who was lurking at the back post. Coulson made no mistake prodding home from close-range to score his first of the season and to give Dunston the lead on nine minutes.

Just seven minutes later, the lead was doubled as the on-loan Josh King also scored his first goal for the club. 

Dale Pearson took a quick corner, Turnbull then swung the ball into the box catching the Cleethorpes defence off-guard, and King finished well from a couple of yards out at a tight angle.

The brutal start continued as Jack Maskell scored his tenth of the season on 19 minutes, stunning the home side in the process.

Dale Pearson did excellently down the left, played the ball into the box for Maskell who took a touch and fired the ball home with his back to goal. This was our 200th away league goal.

Dunston continued to look dominant, however, The Owls mustered up their first effort on goal through Curtis Bateson just before the half-hour mark as he lashed an effort wide inside the area.

With the end of the half approaching, it was almost four as Dale Pearson fired the ball towards Richardson in the Cleethorpes’ goal. The goalkeeper spilled the ball, but just about managed to reclaim the ball before Dunston could capitalise.

With the second forty-five underway, Dunston continued to search for another goal and had half chances as Michael Pearson and Richard Coulson both fired off-target.

Things could have easily became more comfortable for Dunston just after the hour-mark as Michael Pearson broke through the Cleethorpes defence and was hauled down inside the penalty area. Surprisingly, nothing was given as the referee waved play on.

With the three points looking sealed. Jon McDonald made changes in the second half as JJ Chrisp, Jordan Lamb and Sado Djalo were introduced to the game.

The hosts continued to battle and began pressing further up the park with time running out in the final ten minutes. Curtis Bateson came close as he forced Dan Staples into his first save of the game in 80th minute. 

Josh Walker continued to look a threat as well as made his way past Josh King and placed an effort just wide. However, Walker finally got his goal with four minutes of normal time to go with a well-took finish into the far corner.

The Owls continued to throw bodies forward in the final stages of the game, but could not find another goal with Dunston climbing to 3rd in the Pitching In Northern Premier League East division.

Next up is a home game at The UTS Stadium as Dunston welcome league leaders, Stockton Town, in a huge six-pointer. 

Published Wednesday 24th January 2024 (last updated Thursday 25th January 2024)