Hebburn Town v Dunston UTS


Saturday 11th August 2018

Emirates FA Cup – Extra Preliminary Round

Final Score:  Hebburn Town  2   Dunston UTS  3

Dunston UTS made the short trip to the refurbished Hebburn Sports Ground to play big spending Hebburn Town in the Preliminary Round of the Emirates FA Cup on a pleasantly warm August afternoon. Dunston Manager Chris Swailes had an almost full squad to choose from with the exception of Michael Hall who had sustained a painful hip injury at Newcastle Benfield in mid-week. His place was taken by Dan Capewell in an otherwise unchanged starting eleven.


Hebburn Town: Taylor, Groves, Wallace, Richardson, Gilhespy (Bramley), Storey, Smith, Kerr (Spence), Armstrong, Sullivan (Kanda), Dibb-Fuller. Subs not used: Mallinson.

Dunston UTS: Dryden, Marrs, Halliday, Stafford, Grant-Soulsby, Capewell, Thear L (Nellis), Pearson, Fitzpatrick, Brooks (Heslop), Elliott J. Subs not used: Elliott C, Harrison, Haley, Little.


Dunston opened confidently and on 7 minutes they put together a good move which ended with Mark Fitzpatrick drawing a foul on the left edge of the Hebburn box. Michael Pearson sent in a dangerous free-kick which Louis Storey managed to head away under severe pressure. Two minutes later another Dunston attack saw a back-pedaling Luke Gilhespy head over his own keeper but fortunately for him, the ball flew wide of the goal. On 14 minutes a clever head-on by Liam Brooks released Mark Fitzpatrick on the right but his low shot went right across goal and narrowly past the far post. He returned the favour a minute later when releasing Brooks but the tall striker was just crowded out before he could shoot home. Dunston kept up the pressure and Jack Elliott made a good run on the left past a couple of defenders but his low cross was scrambled away.


The Dunston defence was making sure that home attacks were snuffed out with chances for Graeme Armstrong and Luke Sullivan kept to a minimum. After Fitzpatrick sent over a dangerous cross which sailed past the angle with keeper Sam Taylor struggling, Hebburn finally went close on 19 minutes when an accurate free-kick by Michael Richardson saw Louis Storey almost connect at the far post. They repeated the threat four minutes later when Dan Smith was close to getting on the end of a Ben Dibb-Fuller cross.


Dunston keeper Karl Dryden pulled off a fine save when he tipped over a Dibb-Fuller shot in the 25th minute before Fitzpatrick almost grabbed the lead for Dunston on the half-hour when only an excellent save by Taylor kept the ball out.


The Hebburn stopper was called into action again when some good work by Jack Elliott and Liam Brooks set up Michael Pearson whose goal-bound effort was tipped over the bar. Hebburn took the lead in the 42nd minute against the run of play when Luke Sullivan drew a foul 25-yards from goal and Michael Richardson stepped up to send an unstoppable free-kick into the Dunston net. 1 – 0.


Just two minutes later, Richardon almost scored again when the ball reached him at the far post, but Karl Dryden pulled off a great save to keep Dunston in the Tie.


Half-Time Score:  Hebburn Town  1   Dunston UTS  0


Despite being the better side for most of the first-half, Dunston found themselves behind but came out with all guns blazing. They took the game to Hebburn and were rewarded in the 49th minute when some great passing play between Michael Pearson and Mark Fitzpatrick resulted in the ball reaching Liam Brooks who controlled on the edge of the box before shooting low across Taylor and into the net at the far post.

1 – 1.


The equalising goal gave the visitors a boost and they created another good move two minutes later when Pearson was freed in front of goal but his shot was too close to Taylor who was able to smother. Hebburn almost struck on 55 minutes when Luke Sullivan turned on a Dibb-Fuller pass but he screwed his low effort past the far post. Dunston were the next to threaten when Fitzpatrick got possession on the edge of the Hebburn box before spinning and hitting a rising shot just over after 60 minutes.


Three minutes later it was Sullivan at the other end who sent a looping header over the Dunston bar with keeper Dryden making sure that it wasn’t dropping in. In the 67th minute Dunston grabbed the vital third goal of the game when Jake Stafford sent Fitzpatrick sprinting clear of the home defence. He ran on before smashing his shot goalwards but the advancing Taylor made a brave block. The ball fell to Liam Brooks to slot home into the same corner of the net as his first goal. 1 – 2.


Hebburn were visibly shaken by the set-back and it was Dunston who pressed home the advantage by increasing their lead only three minutes later when another strong attack saw Mark Fitzpatrick send an audacious 25-yard lob over keeper Taylor and into the top corner of the net. 1 – 3.


Taylor sustained an arm injury in attempting to keep the ball out of the net but thankfully he recovered fully after lengthy treatment. When play resumed, Liam Brooks cleverly played Jack Elliott down the left flank and the speedy wide-man raced past two defenders and cut into the box before shooting right along the goal-line and past the far post. Taylor pulled off a fine save to push over a Michael Pearson shot on 73 minutes. Dan Halliday made a great close-range block to prevent Graeme Armstrong from reducing the arrears in the 75th minute. Mark Fitzpatrick raced clean through again as the game entered the last 10 minutes but this time his effort scraped past the post with Taylor beaten.


On 82 minutes Hebburn’s Michael Richardson forced his way into the Dunston box but his scooped effort flew high and wide of the target. The same player sent in a dangerous cross on 86 minutes but Karl Dryden made a safe catch at the far post. As the game entered six minutes of stoppage time Hebburn gained a very fortunate foothold when a wayward shot from substitute Mechak Kanda struck Dan Capewell and sneaked in at the far post. 2 – 3.


Some stout defending by Dunston ensured that there would be no more drama in the final few minutes and the nearest Hebburn came was in the very last kick of the Tie when a free-kick by Richardson made its way into the safe hands of Karl Dryden.  


Full-Time Score:  Hebburn Town  2  Dunston UTS 3


Dunston’s Man of the Match: Michael Pearson – Michael just edged the award on a day when every member of the team turned in a performance full of character and guts. We are definitely a TEAM in every sense of the word. If we can replicate this effort throughout the campaign we will have a very enjoyable season.


Dunston man of the match - Michael Pearson