By Luke Vinton (@LukeVinton_)
Dunston UTS defeated West Allotment Celtic 4-1 after a solid second-half display.
A wonderful free-kick from Richie Slaughter (15) opened the scoring for Dunston before a well worked equaliser from Stephen Young (33) saw Allotment draw level before the break.
A dominant display in the final 45 minutes from Dunston saw Dan Smith regain Dunston’s lead (67) before a brace from Harvey Saunders (70 & 89) rounded off a comfortable win for the home side.
West Allotment went into the game with confidence after a home victory over Jarrow Roofing last week. They faced a Dunston side who were unbeaten in three league matches under their recently appointed manager, Chris Swailes.
With Allotment’s Dale Pearson serving a match ban, manager Paul Stoneman opted to choose Shaun Reay in partnering Stephen Young up front.
Dunston broke the deadlock in brilliant circumstances through Richie Slaughter’s free kick. After his first free-kick attempt was bravely blocked by an Allotment wall, Dunston were rewarded another free kick seconds later.
In a similar position to the previous free-kick, Slaughter made no mistake the second time as he hammered his strike into the top left hand corner.
Allotment’s Craig Hindmarch almost got his side level after being played through on goal, however, Dusnton’s Stefan Holden was alert as the shot was saved by the goalkeeper.
West Allotment’s Chris Bannon kept out a fierce low strike from Dunston striker Scott Heslop.
That would prove crucial as Allotment equalised through striker Stephen Young. After excellent build up between himself and David Henderson, the ball landed to Young who made no hesitation in sliding the ball into the bottom right-hand corner.
In the second half, Allotment’s Craig Hindmarch had another key chance to score and give his side the lead, but snatched his half volley as he sent the attempt wide of the post.
Just like Dunston in the first half, West Allotment were made to pay for their missed chances as Dunston retook the lead deservedly.
After a header was only parried by Chris Bannon, the ball landed to Dan Smith who bundled the ball into the net from close range.
Dunston shortly extended their lead through Harvey Saunders. After racing through the Allotment defence, Saunders calmly slotted his strike underneath the body of Bannon to make it 3-1.
Saunders sealed Dunston’s win late on with his second goal of the game. Paul Stoneman, playing at centre-half for Allotment, was appeared to be fouled by the Dunston opposition in the build-up to the goal.
However, the referee allowed play to continue before Saunders easily converted his chance, to the disbelief of the Allotment squad.
The defeat leaves Allotment in the relegation zone and they will be hoping for another home win when they entertain Newton Aycliffe on November 26.