Dun­ston put on Fitz to out­shine Lang Jacks

Sunday Sun - - Football - BY MARK CARRUTHERS

Whick­ham go on the at­tack against Dun­ston UTS dur­ing yes­ter­day’s Ebac North­ern League Divi­sion One clash WHICK­HAM man­ager Robin Fal­cus ad­mit­ted this week that the highly an­tic­i­pated derby against Dun­ston UTS had been on his mind for a long time.

You ex­pect that he will hope to for­get the game rather more quickly af­ter a late goal from one of his for­mer play­ers en­sured it was Chris Swailes’ side who took the lo­cal brag­ging rights.

Dan Lowther had got Whick­ham back on level terms just be­fore half­time af­ter Michael Pear­son put the vis­i­tors ahead on 15 min­utes.

The game seemed to be head­ing to­wards a draw un­til ex-Whick­ham striker Mark Fitz­patrick pun­ished his for­mer club by tap­ping home a win­ner for Dun­ston.

The af­ter­noon had started in promis­ing fash­ion for Whick­ham as they cre­ated two good chances in­side the open­ing 10 min­utes.

For­mer Dun­ston cap­tain Dale Bur­rell curled in a cross from the left that just evaded new sign­ing Damien Stevens.

The loose ball landed at the feet of Max Cow­burn but the young mid­fielder could only send a first­time ef­fort over the bar from eight yards.

Mo­ments later, Stevens found some space on the left and found Kelvin Thear just in­side the Dun­ston area and he forced Karl Dry­den into a smart stop at his near post af­ter his first ef­fort had been blocked by Andrew Grant-Soulsby.

The hosts were left to rue those missed chances as Dun­ston took the lead on 14 min­utes with a well-taken

CHRIS CHAM­BERS

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