Gateshead FC vs Dunston UTS FC.

Wednesday 6th February 2019.

Durham FA Challenge Cup Quarter Final.

Attendance: 270.

Report by Danny Whalen


Dunston UTS make the short trip across town to face near neigbours Gateshead FC in Quarter Final of The Durham FA Challenge Cup. The game eventually going ahead at the third attempt having previously been postponed twice due to a frozen pitch at The International Stadium.


The visitors will be looking to go one better in the competition this season and win the competition for the first time in their history. Dunston UTS have previously reached the final on three occasions but have finished as runners up on all three. In last seasons Final Dunston UTS lost 2-4 to fellow Ebac Northern League Division 1 side Consett; having had to contend with a rather demanding back log of fixtures towards the end of the season.


Dunston UTS progressed through to tonight's game following  a 3-0 home victory against Hebburn Town with Scott Heslop scoring all three goals. A youthful Gateshead have so far side eliminated Billingham Town, currently riding high at the top of The Ebac Northern League second division and also gave Dunston UTS a run for their money in this seasons FA Vase. In the previous round The Heed recorded a 4-0 win over Wearside League side Hartlepool FC. With all other Quarter final games played, the draw for the Semi Final has pitted the winners of this game against Evo-Stik Premier League side South Shields. In the other Semi-Final Hartlepool United will face Shildon 


Gateshead have had the upper hand over Dunston UTS down the decades, having won 11 times in 13 previous meetings dating back to the early 90's. The visitors have never recorded a win over Gateshead at The International Stadium.


Dunston UTS go into today's game on a current run of four consecutive victories and will no doubt be feeling fresh as last weekends top of the table clash away to Bishop Auckland fell victim to the weather. Gateshead are sitting on the periphery on the play-off places in The Vanarama National League; Gateshead Manager Ben Clark has elected to field a young side made up of reserve and youth team  players who ply their trade in The Northern Alliance, however they will be bolstered by first team players Cameron Salkeld, Lewis Maloney and Tom Devitt. This game being seen as an ideal  opportunity to provide young Gateshead players with vital match experience against strong opposition.

Team line ups:

Gateshead FC: Foden, Outterside, Dobie (Dabizas 73'), Bennett, Devitt, McHarg, Slater, Maloney, McGeoch, Carrick, Salkeld. Subs not used: Warriner, Hassan, Lumsden Moody 

Dunston UTS FC: Dryden, Marrs, Halliday (Scott 45'), Stafford, Grant-Soulsby, Capewell, J, Elliott (Nellis 57'), Pearson, Fitzpatrick, Heslop, Brooks (Haley 62') Subs not used: Harrison, C,Elliott

Referee: Seb Stockbridge.


Gateshead kick off the game in their home kit of white shirts and black shorts, Dunston UTS clad in their all red change kit. Given the inclement weather over the past few weeks, the pitch looks to be in surprisingly good condition.  The first real effort of the game sees former Middlesbrough trainee Lewis Maloney fire a long range shot over the bar for Gateshead. Brandon Slater plays a ball into the Dunston UTS box moments later but no Gateshead attacker is on the end of it. A Liam Brooks effort forces a corner for Dunston UTS at the other end, Jack Elliott's corner sees Gateshead regain possession and quickly break down the middle through Maloney, Karl Dryden in goal forcing Cameron Salkelds effort away for a corner.


On 6 minutes a Jack Elliott cross for Dunston UTS sees Liam Brooks pull the ball back, Scott Heslop wins the tackle on the edge of the box and cues up Jake Stafford who hits a powerful shot from the edge of the box which rises over the Gateshead goal.  Minutes later Liam Marrs takes the ball down the right hand side, a Heslop slide  pass through to the edge of the box sees Stafford, Fitzpatrick and Eliiott look to combine and open Gateshead up at the back. Dunston UTS are looking to knock longer balls into players and use their physical advantage to hold the ball up and bring players into the game whilst Gateshead look competent with possession in tight spaces.


On 14 minutes Gateshead take the lead; winning the ball on the edge of the Dunston UTS box and regaining possession from a dangerous looking attack down the left hand side from Dunston UTS fullback Liam Marrs, they quickly counter attack, a through ball from former Carlisle United youth team player Cameron Salkeld into Lewis McGeoch sees the striker prod the ball past an advancing Karl Dryden to put The Heed a goal up. On 17 minutes Gateshead have a chance to go two up through a Skalkeld effort following a slip at the back. Jack Elliott sees his diagonal shot go wide for Dunston UTS  a minute later as the visitors respond. Dunston UTS captain Dan Halliday blocks an effort on the edge of the box from Skaleld and minutes later a Maloney long range effort for Gateshead goes wide.


Mark Fitzpartick hits his shot at the keeper  as Jordan Dobie loses possession for Gateshead. Dunston UTS look to work themselves back into the game, following a good period of play from the home side. Heslop and Brooks both try to assert a physical dominance and stamp their authority on the game for the visitors.


On 31 minutes a Mark Fitzpatrick cross from a wide position on the right hand side for Dunston UTS sees Liam Brooks rise at the left hand post, however Brooks is narrowly unable to connect with the ball. Dunston UTS force a corner on 32 minutes following a series of good passing; Heslop directing his effort from the corner wide of the right hand post from with a good downward header  from 6 yards out. Gateshead keeper Mark Foden pushes a good shot away from Michael Pearson with Stafford and Elliott linking up well to create the opportunity.  With 3 minutes of the first half remaining, a Jack Elliott corner to the back post is headed back over by Scott Heslop, Andrew Grant-Soulsby gets on the end of it to smash the ball past Mark Foden and give Dunston UTS their equaliser following a good period of pressure from the visitors.


Dan Capewell puts in a good sliding tackle for Dunston UTS as Gateshead immediately look to get back into the game and restore their lead before half time. The subsequent corner produces no threat.


Half time Gateshead FC 1 Dunston UTS 1.


Gateshead come out for the second half with the same XI whilst Dunston UTS Manager Chris Swailes elects to make tactical changes during the interval by bringing on Craig Scott for Dan Halliday. Dunston UTS now line up with 3 at the back rather than a flat back four and move Scott Heslop into a deeper attacking position in order to provide more presence in the middle of the park. Gatesheads main threats have come from their front two who will now need to contend with the height and physical presence of Capewell, Grant-Soulsby and Scott. Jack Elliott and Liam Marrs will provide the width for Fitzpatrick and Brooks up front.


Shortly after the restart a Liam Brooks effort from long range rises over the bar, Mark Fitzpatrick sees his shot well blocked by Gateshead's Dan Bennett. Bennett finds himself in the referees book moments later, deemed to have fouled Fitzpatrick on the left hand side of the Gateshead 18 yd line. Liam Marrs takes the free kick which sees Scott Heslop rise well at the back post, Heslop's header is subsequently blasted into an open net by Dunston UTS defender Dan Capewell on 51 minutes as Gateshead keeper Foden is left stranded trying to get a hand to the Marrs' excellent delivery.  Dunston UTS take a 2-1 lead.   Dunston UTS are forced into a substitution on 57 minutes with Jack Elliott unable to continue having sustained a thigh injury. He is replaced by Jordan Nellis on the left. So far in the second half the changes made have seen Dunston UTS look the better of the two sides with Gateshead struggling to gain a foot hold in the second half. Jordan Nellis forces a corner for Dunston UTS, a Jake Stafford delivery sees substitute Craig Scott put his headed effort wide of the Gateshead goal.


On 62 minutes Dunston UTS make their final substitution as Aiden Haley replaces Liam Brooks who has put in a solid shift. Haley takes up a central position as Heslop is moved up front. The change allows Michael Pearson to move into a more attacking position behind the front two.   On 70 minutes Mark Fitzpatrick drills his effort wide of Gateshead's left hand post following a long ball up-field from Grant Soulsby, a miss hit clearance by Gateshead at the back allowing The Dunston UTS frontman in on goal. Dunston UTS are awarded a corner on 71 as Gateshead introduce Kostas Dabizas, son of former Newcastle United and Greece International Nikos Dabizas, for Jordan Dobie. The corner delivered by Liam Marrs sees Dunston UTS substitute Aiden Haley strike a fierce effort against the upright from the edge of the box. With 77 minutes gone a great defence splitting through ball into Michael Pearson forces the Gateshead keeper to rush out to block the threat. The referee, adjudging  Foden to have fouled, administers a yellow card for the offence.         


Gateshead flash a long ranged effort over Karl Drydens goal through Lewis Maloney as they try to get back into a second half which has been dominated by Dunston UTS. Michael Pearson puts his header narrowly over the Gateshead bar for Dunston UTS as they look to put the game out of sight. Jordan Nellis finds himself cautioned on 82 minutes for Dunston UTS following a foul on Dabizas. The last 10 minutes of the game sees a late phase of pressure from Gateshead as they sense that at with only a goal down they are still in with a chance getting something from the game. Gateshead are awarded a free kick with 3 minutes left of normal time for a Nellis foul on Skaleld, the resulting shot is well saved by Karl Dryden who has had little to do in the second half. Dunston are able to cope with the pressure from Gateshead in order to see out the game with the final score seeing Dunston UTS end as 2-1 winners against a youthful Gateshead side who equipped themselves very well against the current Ebac Northern League Division 1 leaders.      


Final Score Gateshead FC- 1 (Skalkeld 14mins) Dunston UTS - 2 (Grant-Soulsby 42mins Capewell 51mins)  


Man of the Match:   Dan Capewell and Andrew Grant-Soulsby contended well with the major threats of Gateshead coming in the shape of Lewis Maloney and Cameron Skalkeld. Both players got themselves on the score sheet to see Dunston progress into the Semi Final The man of the Match goes to Scott Heslop. Scott has worked hard over the course of the season and now offers a real threat as a deep lying forward. As evident in today's performance, he held the ball up well, provided both assists for the Dunston UTS goals and was always looking to bring players around him into the game. He was continually on the move to draw open space and his work rate was exemplary.



      Dan Capewell                                  Andrew Grant-Soulsby



Video Highlights None


Match Pictures None


Next Game, 9th February, Dunston UTS v Penrith FC, NL Div 1, Kick Off 3:00pm