Marine FC vs Dunston FC
Northern Premier N/West
Saturday 17th August 2019.
earned a credible 1-1 draw away to Marine FC in their maiden game as a
step 4 club. Trailing going into half time to a Niall Cummins goal, the
visitors levelled on 69 minutes through debutant
Cedwyn Scott, the youngster having recently joined the club from
Dundee FC. On the balance of play, a draw was a fair result for both
sides. Marine FC are celebrating their 125th year anniversary and major
ground improvements have been conducted at The Marine Travel Arena.
This is the first time in Marine FC ’
s long history that they have played at this level, having suffered
relegation last season by goal difference.
Marine FC are seen by many as one of
the favourites for promotion, as are Dunston FC. Dunston FC Manager Chris
Swailes handed a debut to former Sunderland AFC and England Under 17
Dan Wright, who has recently signed for the club having spent last
season at South Shields.
Marine FC kicked off as a brief shower
struck right on kick off, with some of the impressive Dunston support
taking refuge under their flag on the open terrace behind the goal.
Dunston FC had the first chance of the game on 3 minutes,
Mark Fitzpatrick putting his effort narrowly wide from a superb
Liam Marrs, who had been picked out in a wide position by
Dan Wright. The visitors looked the better side in the opening 10
minutes with the back three of Dan Capewell,
Andrew Grant-Soulsby and
Craig Scott winning all of their aerial battles against an impressive
Marine forward line. Marine’ s first effort of the game came on 13
minutes, forcing a series of corners Steven Irwin flashed a headed effort
shy of the near post. Former Liverpool player Craig Lindfield glimpsed an
effort narrowly wide on 19 minutes having got in behind the Dunston back
Last seasons top scorer
Mark Fitzpatrick was getting into good positions, an excellent cross
from Dan Halliday forced a corner as Fitzpatrick was just unable to
connect. Dunston continued to battle and apply pressure with Fitzpatrick
as the main threat up top with his strength and hold up play. However
despite Dunston's endeavours, it was the hosts who took the lead. A slip
from Dan Halliday allowed Marine to cross to Niall Cummins, the forward
seized the opportunity with a diving header past
Karl Dryden Marine were looking to get the ball out wide, capitalising
on the space down the channels. To their credit, having gone a goal down,
the visitors did not panic as Dunston looked to control the tempo of the
Luke Page in the middle of the park was looking to get on the ball and
carve out chances whilst
Michael Pearson was looking to hurry and force Marine to make
mistakes. Before the interval
Karl Dryden prevented Marine from extending their lead with a fine
save from Marine ’s Joshua Solomon-Davies. Craig Lindfield curled a long
range effort narrowly over for Marine after the re-start, whilst
Liam Brooks dragged his effort wide of the post as strike partner
Mark Fitzpatrick had done well to dummy his marker and create the
opportunity. Craig Lindfield cut out a cross field pass to unleash a
screamer of a shot which went just wide of Dunston’ s goal. Chris Swailes
decided on a double substitution, replacing
Dan Wright and
Liam Brooks with Callum Little and
Cedwyn Scott was to have an instantaneous impact upon the game,
reacting quickly to a throw in he saw his goal bound half volley superbly
blocked by a Marine defender.
Dunston kept up pressure and the
debutant got off the mark on 69 minutes. From a corner the youngster
bravely threw himself at the back post under a m ê lé e of flying boots
and guided his header into the net to give Dunston a deserved equaliser.
However the youngster was forced from the field of play having sustained a
facial injury and was replaced by
The last twenty minutes of the game
were a physical encounter as both sides pushed for a winner. Morgan Bacon
prevented Fitzpatrick from getting off the mark, saving from a header he
reacted quickly to stretch and prevent any follow up. As he had done so
many times before last season, Dunston keeper
Karl Dryden was to ensure the visitors got something from the game,
tipping over a dangerous effort from Marine substitute Brett Mblanda and
racing out of his goal to clear the ball as Rumenid Barai went racing
through on goal. On the balance of play both sides deserved a point.
A draw was a fair result. It ’ s hard
to call how both sides will fair throughout the season, the next few games
will give a better idea of the quality in this league. Dunston gave a very
good account of themselves against a side viewed by many as one of the top
sides in the division.
There is still a sense that Dunston
have a lot more to give, and further into the season today’s result could
well be seen as an important one.
Marine FC - 1 (Cummins 13 ’) Dunston FC - 1 (Cedwyn
: Bacon, Solomon-Davies, Ellison, Strickland, Miley, Lycett, Lindfield
(Mbalanda), Irwin, Cummins, Antoine (Devine)Barrigan (Barai). Subs not
used: Devine, Mendes.
Dryden, Marrs, Halliday (C), Wright (Little), Grant-Soulsby, Capewell,
Craig Scott, Pearson, Fitzpatrick, Page, Brooks (Cedwyn
Scott (Heslop). Subs not used: Lawrence, Lowther.
Dunston UTS FC
Supporters Club Man of the match award: Dan Capewell.
Dunston FC v Ossett United
Northern Premier N/West
Tuesday 20th August 2019.
earned all three points against a very good Ossett United side in a hard
earned 1-0 victory at The UTS Stadium on Tuesday night in front of a solid
crowd of 403. An exceptional team performance was capped by a wonderful
goal from in from
Scott Heslop replaced
Dan Wright as Chris Swailes kept with the same formation of 3-5-2
which had been employed to good effect away to Marine last Saturday.
Dunston ’ s first chance of the game fell to Heslop, a well timed tackle
Craig Scott on Ossett Utd winger Andrew Ijowole saw the defender pick
out the striker who just dragged his shot narrowly wide. The step up in
the quality of the opponents was evident. Ossett Utd were looking to close
Dunston down quickly and harass the home side at every opportunity.
Liam Brooks had a great chance to put the hosts ahead on 10 minutes,
Luke Page sprang a counter attack and his pass was cushioned by the
Scott Heslop into the path of
Mark Fitzpatrick, his shot was blocked and
Liam Brooks followed up, however his half volley failed to hit the
target. The game had seen plenty of aerial challenges and had been played
at a rapid pace, Ossett Utd looking to spring the ball over the top to
their on running forwards had been met by an indomitable Dunston defence.
Both sides were evenly matched in the
opening 30 minutes. When Dunston kept the ball on the deck with their
close and patient passing game, Ossett Utd seemed to be less comfortable.
However breaking down the Ossett Utd back line was proving to be an
obstacle as the visitors looked to be a well organised defensive unit. The
game had seen few clear cut chances, Ossett had their best chance of the
game with a close range effort which was seemingly destined for the bottom
corner only for Dunston keeper
Karl Dryden to impressively stretch down low and palm away the ball A
loose pass at the back from Dan Capewell could ’ ve resulted in calamity,
as Ijowole picked up the stray ball before curling his effort just shy of
the top corner. The winger was to find himself in the referees book
moments later for a late and rash challenge, possibly bore from the
frustration of having been well marshalled by
Craig Scott and Dan Halliday throughout the first half. Dunston had
good chances to take the lead going into the break,
Craig Scott lofted an excellent ball into the 6 yd box, Heslop went up
to challenge as Ossett Utd keeper Brett Souter could only punch the ball
away, the ball fell to
Michael Pearson on the edge of the box, his rising effort just going
over the crossbar.
Liam Marrs cross picked out Heslop at the back post, his headed effort
just wide. Souter was alert to palm away a
Mark Fitzpatrick effort just before the break as the two sides went
into half time level in what had been an even, engrossing and well fought
first half. HT 0-0 After the break Heslop went close with an effort just
wide of the post having created the effort himself as Ossett struggled to
clear their lines.
Luke Page saw his volley go agonisingly wide following a corner as
Dunston applied pressure in the opening stages of the second half. Dunston
’ s pressure eventually paid off on 57 minutes;
Luke Page went on a marauding run through the middle, unchallenged he
played a perfectly weighted pass out wide to
Liam Brooks who played a first time ball across the box to find Pages
’ continued run. The midfielder controlled and drilled his effort into the
bottom corner to give the home side the lead. Looking to get back into the
game Ossett Utd winger Ijowole fired an effort at goal, Dryden easily
collecting the ball.
The Dunston keeper needed to be alert
moments later to prevent an overhead kick from finding the back of the
net. Dan Halliday was to clear a dangerous phase of passing around the
Dunston box for a corner as their opponents pushed for an equaliser.
Dunston were back in numbers and defending well as a team to prevent
Ossett United getting back into the game. Grant- Soulsby, Scott and
Capwell forming a impregnable back line. The final stages of the encounter
were a fine display of grit and determination from the home side.
Ossett had good chances to draw level
with substitute Nicolas Guest flashing an effort just wide of the post and
mis-hitting a curling effort wide of the goal.
Mark Fitzpatrick saw his well struck shot palmed away by Souter,
Luke Page displaying great technique to turn his marker and play the
ball down the line to the forward. Ossett pushed as many up as they could
in search of the equaliser, Dunston as a defence were in no mood to share
points. Right at the end substitute
Callum Smith, marked by two Ossett United players, twisted and turned
to send in a wonderful cross to
Dan Wright, his headed effort going just wide of the upright.
Dunston FC - 1 (Luke
Page 57 ’ ) Ossett United - 0
In a game of full on entertainment,
Dunston FC just had the edge over their opponents. The work rate to a man
was outstanding. The step up in the quality of this seasons opponents,
based on our last two games is evident. Ossett Utd were a well organised
side and Dunston had to work hard in all departments to take maximum
Dunston UTS FC
Supporters Club Man of the Match:
Dunston FC team:
Dryden, Marrs, Halliday (C), Pearson, Grant-Soulsby (Wright) Capewell,
Craig Scott, Page, Fitzpatrick, Heslop, Brooks (Smith) Subs
not used: Lowther, Little, Lawrence.