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PostPosted: Tue Oct 23, 2018 6:16 pm 

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Flounders 21 Stafford 44, Brooks 71, 80

Town’s FA Vase dream is over for another season but for the best part of seventy minutes, the tie was still firmly in the balance and it took Dunston’s fourth choice striker to come off the bench to change the game. Apart from the absent Mark Fitzpatrick, Dunston manager Chris Swales selected his strongest eleven, an indication of important this tie was to the club despite a mammoth fixture against Gateshead next Saturday in the FA Cup. Town acquitted themselves with plenty of credit and it will take a good side to lower Dunston’s colours who will probably feel they always had enough quality to win without needing extra time. For Town, there were two turning points before half time - the loss of goalkeeper Oliver Simpson due to injury and Dunston scoring the equaliser a minute before the interval. Until that point, Town were full value for their lead but overall, Dunston ran out worthy winners. Town will now concentrate on Tuesday nights derby game against promotion rivals Thornaby.

The opening ten minutes was pretty much even in terms of possession with Town looking dangerous on the counter attack as Dunstons defence struggled in the windy conditions. However, Town did have a lucky escape on fifteen minutes when it took Kris Summers to clear off his own line to deny Daniel Halliday after a quick one-two with Scott Heslop. Billingham did enjoy a good spell of play midway through the half. Jack Connors corner found Stephen Oakley and the centre back headed towards the goalmouth; Liam Brooks sliced his clearance allowing Brandon Kirkbride the chance to a get a header away but the ball drifted over the crossbar. On twenty one minutes, Town took the lead thanks to Craig Hutchinson’s dominance. The striker worked his way into a central position and found Kirkbride in space on the right hand side. The full-back saw his strike rebound off a defender on the goal-line and Dan FLOUNDERS was on hand to mop up from four yards out. Although Dunston looked threatening on the wings, chances were limited - the best of which fell to Michael Pearson who forced a valiant close range block from Simpson which sadly saw the keeper go off with a sprained elbow. Luckily for Billingham, Jack Patton was named as a substitute although the former Tow Law stopper wasn’t 100% fit himself. At the other end, Karl Dryden nervously punched away Joe Hillerby’s free-kick and just before half-time, Dunston got their own chance at a set play after Jamie Davis was adjudged to have fouled Heslop. Up stepped Jake STAFFORD, up went the wall, the ball rolled underneath the wall and into the net.


The expected early second half onslaught never materialised and in fact it was Town who were on the front foot. Lee Moore’s searching ball held up in the wind allowing Davis the chance to lob Dryden but Towns second top scorer couldn’t guide the ball goal-wards. With Dunston not showing significant improvement, Swales introduced Jordan Nellis for Heslop and the change swung the tie in the visitors favour. A minute after his introduction, Nellis came close to finding the bottom corner but the ball curled away from the far post. Patton then saved a Nellis header while Hutchinson fired over from the edge of the box. For the first time in the game, Dunston took the lead on the seventy first minute mark. Central defender, Daniel Capewell ran unopposed into the box and Patton did well to close down the shot - Nellis picked up the loose ball, laid it across for Liam BROOKS to score. Town didn’t give up though and Hutchinson was only inches away from catching Dryden off his line but the keeper did well to parry away to safety. The killer third and final goal was thanks in part to Nellis who evaded Oakley and the substitute pulled the ball back to BROOKS who was once again, in the right position to fire home. The scoreline was tough on Town but in the end, Dunston’s firepower proved too much for the valiant blues.


Simpson (Patton), Kirkbride, Moore, Hillerby, Oakley (c), Summers, Flounders, Connor (Maddison), Hutchinson, Davis, Hogan.
Unused: Hughes, Connelly, Morris.

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