Three trips to the North East in ten days finally took their toll on Prescot Cables as they were beaten 3-2 at Dunston despite leading 2-1 with fifteen minutes to go.
The first half was an uneventful affair, though the home side were marginally the better side, forcing Mitch Allen into a couple of good saves. Cables struggled to impose themselves upon the hosts, giving the ball away at key moments. Sean Myler was the standout man in Amber as he broke play up in his usual combative style.
The home side made a substitution on the half hour mark which effectively changed the game, Jack Elliott coming on for the injured Daniel Halliday. Elliott was the architect for the opening goal on 40 minutes, beating John Edgerton down the right and picking out Liam Thear to apply the finish.
Lloyd Dean came on at half time and his introduction saw Cables seize the initiative in the second half and the visitors drew level thanks to a James Edgar strike.
Cables broke the defensive line that Dunston had held so well to that point and had three players bearing down on goal. Edgar’s shot took a slight deflection on its way in to give the Pesky Bulls a deserved equaliser.
Matty Hamilton then gave Cables the lead on 74 minutes when he found himself unmarked 6 yards out after Dean had done well to find him. With time to pick his spot, Hamilton buried the ball in the bottom corner. 2-1 Cables.
The lead lasted only four minutes as Dunston equalised in the 78th minute through Michael Hall after Cables failed to clear a Dunston corner effectively.
Elliot, a thorn in Cables’ right-hand side all game, then scored the home side’s winner on 85 minutes, running onto a ball which Cables failed to clear and smashing it past Allen.
Cables XI: Allen, Edgerton (Klein-Davies 63), Staunton, Cooper, McCulloch, Myler, White (Dean 45), Monaghan, Hamilton (Fleming 80), Rainford, Edgar.
Man of the Match: Sean Myler, for a combative and battling performance. He kept demanding more from those around him throughout the game.