Dunston UTS 0-2 West Auckland
West had lost twice this season to Dunston, a 5-1 drubbing at the Wanted Stadium and a penalty defeat in the Durham Challenge Cup.
Having won the last two games comprehensively Auckland were full of confidence and made only one change in the starting line-up, Michael Mckeown in for the unavailable Alex Francis, while newly signed John Fortune was on the bench.
Dunston got the game underway in bright sunshine on this cold February afternoon, early exchanges came to nothing as it was turning into a midfield battle.
The game changed on the half hour when the leagues top scorer Nathan Fisher picked the ball up on the left side of the Dunston box, he managed to dance his way across the goal, with defenders all around him, and somehow get a shot away and put West 0-1 up.
Ten minutes later Anthony Bell nearly doubled the score line, but his effort was slightly off target and rattled the side netting.
As the halftime whistle approached West had a free kick which Bell took, he found Fisher who in turn got the ball to Wearmouth who failed to hit the target leaving the halftime score 0-1 to the visitors.
West got the second half underway and it only took three minutes for Fisher to get his second when Mckeown played him through with just the keeper to beat, a quick shimmy to get round the keeper and then side foot the ball into the empty net.
West made three separate subs to help run the clock down and break up the play as Dunston were enjoying their best period as they looked to get back into the game.
Nathan Fisher could have had his third hat trick in eight days on 76 minutes, but his shot went wide of the post this time.
West held on and kept a clean sheet for the seventh time this season and made it three wins in eight days.
Video Highlights:- https://youtu.be/oosOImv_3fg
West:- Bland. Morris. Cobain. Colquhoum. Parker. Dodds. Bell (Doninger 73’). Mckeown. Fisher. Mitchell (Richardson 50’). Wearmouth (Purewal 72’).
Subs not used:– Wade. Fortune.
Goals:- Fisher 2 (30’ 48’).