Dunston do just enough to beat Guisborough.

5th May 2018

EBAC Northern League Division 1

Dunston UTS

Guisborough Town 0

Dunston welcomed Guisborough Town, in yet another game in their tiring schedule of 4 games in 7 days for three weeks, to play their league game at Dunston UTS Stadium in the EBAC Northern League Division One. A tired, and further depleted but very happy Dunston after their League Cup semi-final win away to Stockton Town 2 days previous. And so once again they have to pull their socks up,  tie up their boots and try to get another league win. Manager Chris Swales is now missing Dale Burrell suspended, Ben Pollock inured, and is so short of players he has to start in the game. He also only has 4 on the bench with some injured players are patched up to play if essential. Guisborough seem to have a youthful squat but just before kick-off they lost  full back Trantor to injury and was replaced by Robinson.

Dunston UTS: Grant, Marrs, Halliday, Hall, Capewell, Swailes, Elliott C, Elliott J, Fitzpatrick, Thear L, Henderson. Subs not Used:  Pollock, Harrison, Heslop, Lowther.

Guisborough Town: Nixon J, Morley (McAvoy 36), Robinson, Nixon L, Lovatt, Crust, Calvert, Hugill, Onions ( McNeil 74), Maloney, Bugh (Roberts 20).    Subs not Used: Farrington, Goldsack.

On a very hot day the game started at ay a slow pace and it was not until the 9th minute, that Fitzpatrick  got the first chance on goal as he fired a free kick from 20 yards just over the bar. From an Jack Elliott corner Capewell headed strongly into the ground and on target but goalkeeper Nixon collected the ball on his line.

Guisborough had 3 chances in the next 5 minutes through Calvert fired wide, Maloney saved by Grant and Luke Nixon shot wide from 20 yards. Dunston were rallying but unable to create chances and on 22, Crust  shot from 20 yards and Grant saved. A minute later, Onions received from Morley and fired a shot over the bar.  On 27, Fitzpatrick again was found on the edge of box after Callum Elliott, played through to him, Fitzpatrick rounded the keeper Nixon and side footed into an empty net. Play seemed to stagnate in the sultry heat and hot conditions and chances were again at a minimum. On 44, Fitzpatrick picked up a poor head clearance off Crust, he was again into the box b us was forced wide and his shot was deflected wide by Nixon.

Half Time Score: Dunston UTS. 1 – 0 Guisborough Town

The second half started slowly again and it was not until 51 minutes that Roberts got a chance on goal as he shot from 20 yards and Grant saved. On 64, Dunston were awarded an indirect free kick as goalkeeper Nixon caught a pass backed ball, from the free kick Thear’s shot was  blocked and Fitzpatrick fired the rebound over the bar. On 71, Roberts got pinto the box and his shot from 6 yards was deflected into the side netting. A minute later Fitzpatrick fed Thear who dribbled past 3 players only to be blocked by a Jordan Nixon, goalkeeper, challenge which saw the game stopped so that Nixon could receive attention. The game continued to be a rare chance game even though the referee played 6 minutes added time and Dunston in the end ran out worthy winners.

Full Time Score: Dunston UTS. 1 – 0 Guisborough Town

Dunston’s Man of the Match: Mark Fitzpatrick- Mark ran a lonely furrow up front today creating and being a menace to the Guisborough defence, is work rate and running off the ball made him stand out ahead of some good performance in hot conditions by Chris Swailes who commanded in defence alongside Dan Capewell and good performances by Jack Elliott and Owen Henderson. The weather thankfully sunny was very hot and both teams did well to perform in the heat.

Dunston’s next home game is on Bank Holiday Monday 7 May against Ryhope CW in the league 12:00 KO.