United Take Heart From Improved Performance
After the disappointment of the weekend Cup exit Ossett United were hopeful of picking up points against Dunston who last week lost to Colne and the game was an even one that could have gone either way, it was the visitors who got the decisive goal much to the disappointment to the home crowd.
Wayne Benn was left to shuffle the pack after the injury to George Green at the weekend and with Bamford and Viggars being ruled out on the day of the game meaning the full backs from the weekend, Burke and Clarke, were both moved inside for this game.
With Cass and Cowgill already unavailable and Stockdill suspended the strong 20 man squad was down to the bare bones.
But often adversity brings the best out of people and the first half performance was a big improvement on recent games with the home side looking to attack from kick-off.
Ossett United looked to be ahead inside the opening minute as Harrison drove forward and struck a shot on goal, a deflection took the ball past the Dunston goalkeeper and as the supporters roared in delight the linesman flag stopped the play as the deflection had come off an Ossett United player.
Both sides prodded and probed each other on a pleasantly warm evening and no wind for once to ruin the game. United went close again as Guest outmuscled the defender and only an outstretched foot from the visiting goalkeeper prevented the opening goal before the injury curse once again struck.
This time Luke Blackburn was the unfortunate one as he was forced to limp off to be replaced by Ben Teasdale.
As referee, Ian Johnston, blew his half time whistle there were no goals but both sides will have believed they could have taken something from the game.
United started quickly again, Haswell sending over a dangerous cross that was inches from the oncoming Guest. And it was Guest again who went close with an audacious effort. Dearnley had the ball and saw space behind the Dunston defence which Guest quickly filled. From wide in the penalty area and with the visiting keeper rushing out he jumped, stretched and twisted to send the ball over his head and just over the cross bar.
Then the sucker punch for United on 74 minutes as Max Dearley came out of his area as a long ball was played over the top. He did well to beat the forward in the air and took control of the ball however his clearance was cut out by Scott Heslop fired the ball home from around 40 yards.
United went close to an equaliser as good work by Guest released Greaves, on for Ripley, but from a tight angle his effort was dragged wide. With six minutes remaining and Ossett United chasing the game Dunston doubled their lead thanks to a glancing header by Mark Fitzpatrick.
Ossett United, while disappointed in defeat can take heart from an improved performance but that has to be turned into points quickly.
- Max Dearnley, 2. Luke Blackburn (14. Ben Teasdale), 3. Ross Hardaker, 4. Luke Hogg, 5. Jimmy Burke ©, 6. Cameron Clark, 7. Nash Connolly (15. Marcel Chipamaunga), 8. Elliot Harrison, 9. Seon Ripley (12. Tom Greaves), 10. Nick Guest, 11. Aaron Haswell.