The Dundee United Football Club Historical Archive. Preserving United History Since 2006.
This contest with the Endsleigh League First Division side in honour of John Clark's 12 plus years at Tannadice got off to a slow start in the hot conditions. Alan Main was first to breach the Stoke defence when he launched a punt down field for Craig Brewster to run on to but he scooped his shot over. Stoke failed to heed the warning, but that tactic was to pay dividends later. Even before that, United took the lead midway through the first half. David Hannah fed Jerren Nixon. He cut the ball back to Ristic whose first time near post shot was blocked by Prudhoe with his feet, but Craig Brewster pounced to turn the ball over the line. Seven minutes from half time, another long ball from Alan Main brought confusion and hesitancy in the visitor's defence, enabling Dragutin Ristic capitalise with a shot which went in off the far post.Stoke looked more lively in the second half. Carruthers who missed with a simple header in the first half almost scored at the start of the second half and new signing Peschisolido hit the bar with Alan Main just managing to tip his follow up effort round the post. Stoke's intense spell of pressure finally paid off when, fittingly in view of the occasion, John Clark netted after a great block by Alan Main fell at his feet. Two minutes later, however United regained their two goal advantage when Dreyer failed to cut our a cross which let Craig Brewster in to slot in his second of the match. United might have had another 16 minutes from the end when a Jerren Nixon shot was cleared off the line by Wallace, but they did make it four with two minutes later. Brian Welsh broke from defence and played a long ball into the path of Jerren Nixon who cut it back for Craig Brewster to sweep the ball in to complete his hat-trick and an emphatic victory. JOHN CLARK - "From a personal point of view it was nice to get a goal in my testimonial game but this close to the start of our season we were looking for a good performance and produced a disappointing one."