DUNSTON CHASE THE FA CUP DREAM

Dunston UTS chase the FA Cup dream tomorrow as the league’s “last man standing”.

They are the last of our teams to be still in the Emirates FA Cup as they take on Chester FC from the Vanarama National League North in the third qualifying round.  Chester are in the same league as Spennymoor, Blyth Spartans and Darlington.

And they’re champing at the bit, with the first round only two games away.

Manager Chris Swailes said it’s the biggest game of his short managerial career.  “I started out as a manager two years ago this month and we’ve been in two cup finals but this game is the biggest.”

The winner bags £15,000 in prize money.

“We trained last night and went through some of the things we’ll need to do.  We know they are a very good side – three leagues above us – and we will have to be at our best and hope they don’t perform at their best for us to stand a chance.

“We’ve seen them play and we just hope we do ourselves justice.  We think we have got a good chance, especially as we are at home.

“We are on a 13 game unbeaten run and full of confidence.

“We are creating a lot of chances every time we play and we need to capitalise on more of those chances.”

The club is hoping that Newcastle fans can boost tomorrow’s gate, with the Toon playing away at Old Trafford with a 5.30 start.

Kick-off at the UTS Stadium (in Wellington Road, Dunston, NE11 9JL)  is 3pm.