Late Dunston fightback knocks Ponte out
By Charlie Fletcher
The Colls were knocked out of the FA Cup after 4-2 defeat at Dunston UTS.
Ponte Colls exited the FA Cup at the first Preliminary stage after losing 4-2 away at Dunston UTS.
The Colls faithful travelled in numbers up north to Dunston hoping for another cup run, on the back of a good start in the league.
One change from the victory away at Pickering in the week sees Cody Cromack return from suspension to replace the absent Fabian Bailey.
The game got off to a lively start with both having good chances to take the lead, but on 15 minutes the away side took the lead through marksman Eli Hey, Ponte cleared the ball of the line up the other end before breaking away and scoring the opener.
Ponte had further chances to double there lead but the Dunston keeper stood strong and Jack Greenhough blazed over.
But the home side had the own opportunities to equalise and probably will of felt hard done by to behind at the break.
With the second half underway the challenges were rattling in and Ponte no. 1 (Musselwhite) found his way into the book after reacting to a nasty challenge from the home side.
With 18 minutes remaining Dunston did grab their equaliser through Mark Fitzpatrick, but we weren’t level for long. Three minutes later we hit the lead for the second time, again that man Hey!
We were in the middle of a mad 10 minute spell, Dunston were awarded a penalty from the restart and Mark Fitzpatrick scored from the spot and the sides were level.
The home side hit the front for the first time with 11 minutes of normal time remaining, number 10 Scott Heslop grabbed the goal which sent the Dunston faithful berserk!
Ponte pushed hard for the equaliser and through everything at it but were done on the break by the home side and Jordan Nellis scored on 97 minutes to make it 4-2 and seal the cup tie.
After a disappointing collapse it was a long journey home for the boys but we now concentrate back on league football as we host Stamford AFC on bank holiday Monday 3pm kick off
Musselwhite (Yellow), Greenhough, Smythe, Williams, Picton (Yellow), Cromack, Brown, Redford, Hey, Dunn, Dugdale.
Starcenko, Willis, Clarke.
Jeffs, Whitehouse, Swain.
Man of the Match; Eli Hey