WHICK­HAM 1 DUN­STON UTS 2

Sunday Sun - - Football -

Dun­ston UTS play­ers cel­e­brate af­ter they scored against hosts Whick­ham dur­ing yes­ter­day’s Ebac North­ern League Divi­sion One clash. Dun­ston won 2-1 goal from Michael Pear­son.

A cor­ner from the right found its way to the mid­fielder at the far post and he ri­fled a vol­ley through a crowded area and into the far cor­ner of Dan Lis­ter’s net.

Whick­ham thought they had equalised two min­utes later when an in­swing­ing cross from Dan Lowther found Stevens and he flicked the ball past Dry­den, only to see his cel­e­bra­tions cut short by a de­bat­able off­side flag.

The chance seemed to like the hosts but their frus­tra­tions con­tin­ued to grow as Dun­ston keeper Dry­den de­nied Bur­rell and Thear in quick suc­ces­sion.

The pressure paid off six min­utes be­fore half-time as a sub­lime free-kick from Lowther got Whick­ham back in the game.

The young mid­fielder curled a 20-yard ef­fort over the wall and it found its way past Dry­den at his near­post.

It was no more than the Lang Jacks de­served.

The two sides strug­gled to cre­ate any­thing mean­ing­ful in the open­ing stages of the sec­ond half as play was punc­tu­ated by some fussy officiating.

A first chance fi­nally ar­rived just be­fore the officiating as Jor­dan Nel­lis wasted a golden chance to re­store Dun­ston’s lead by head­ing wide from six yards with the goal at his mercy.

Fitz­patrick was next to try his luck as the game head­ing into the fi­nal 20 min­utes but the striker dragged a shot wide of Lis­ter’s near post.

His mo­ment fi­nally ar­rived five min­utes from time as Dun­ston sub­sti­tutes Liam Brooks and Jack El­liott com­bined well to present Fitz­patrick with a chance that he couldn’t miss.

The striker was left un­marked at the far post and tapped home a cross from El­liott from close range, be­fore wheel­ing away to be mobbed by his team­mates.

It should and could have been more com­fort­able for Dun­ston as Nel­lis wasted a fine op­por­tu­nity to set­tle any nerves by smash­ing a ris­ing ef­fort against the cross­bar from six yards out.

The miss meant lit­tle and Fitz­patrick had dealt his for­mer club with a blow from which they couldn’t re­cover.

CHRIS CHAM­BERS

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