Dunnington v Huntington Rovers

2pm  27 February 2016

York League, Premier Division
Dunnington 2 Huntington Rovers 1 (att 45)

This was the York League's match of the day, as league leaders Dunnington entertained third place Huntington. The visitors' defeat, thanks to a goal in the final minute, is a major blow to their title challenge.

Dunnington started the game in great style, and could have scored three times in the opening five minutes. Indeed they were convinced they had scored once, but the officials ruled the ball hadn't crossed the line. From where I was standing I couldn't tell, but it must have been a tight call.

The home side didn't have to wait too long before going in front though. A penalty, correctly awarded for a clear foul, was converted after 18 minutes, and they took the 1-0 lead into half time.

Huntington took time to grow into the game, but they were more than a match for the hosts in the second half, and fully deserved the goal that brought them level with about 20 minutes left.

The final quarter of the match was hugely enjoyable, as both sides strove to find a winner. Dunnington always looked slightly more dangerous, and so it proved with their 90th minute winner.

Dunnington is a village just outside York. The Common Road sports ground is very well equipped, the footballers sharing facilities with cricketers, bowlers, tennis and squash players.

The main football pitch is is railed off, with dugouts and a small covered standing area on one side, while on the opposite touchline advertising boards fixed to the railings complete the picture of a "proper" ground.

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