Dunston UTS are enjoying a fantastic start to their Northern League campaign. They remain undefeated after 15 league games, winning 13 of them and drawing just two.

Swailes, known by his players and colleagues simply as, “Swaz” when asked about his unbeaten start said:

“It’s great but you know, anything can happen it’s crackers. I keep telling them to take it game by game. The top 10 now I think are all very, very good sides and anybody can beat anybody on the day. “

Dunston is sitting on 41 points and have two games in hand on second-placed Consett who are also on 41 points.

Dunston finished 10th last season and when asked about their aspirations this year Swaz said:

“We wanted to progress and finish better than 10th if I’m honest and have a good Vase run, but we didn’t have a good Vase run if I’m honest. But finishing in the Top 10 is on course, hopefully, barring a catastrophe.”

Given they’re 18 points away from 10th placed Shildon it’s a safe bet Dunston will finish higher than last season.

It’s only Swaz’s second full season in charge of Dunston, having taken charge in May 2016. When asked what he’d learned last season he said:

It’s keeping players fit when you’ve got that much backlog of fixtures you have to fulfill them and by a certain time, it’s impossible. Sometimes you find when that happens it’s not the best teams who win the league although I think Morpeth and Marske were the best teams.”

“It’s the next best teams I don’t think that was right. Because those probably had the better pitch at the end. You know what I mean? It’s daft little things like that. Those who fulfilled the fixtures within time of each other”

“Games build up as well, postponements because of the weather. We ended up playing 16 games in 26 days last year so not only can you not win those games you’re struggling to put a team together.”