HUDSON STRIDES FORWARD

The Club’s policy of investing in youth and creating a pathway for players to improve and progress in the game has borne further fruit. This coming Sunday, 10th September, Aaron Hudson, one of our emerging talents has been selected to play for the Bedfordshire FA Under 18 Representative Team against their counterparts from the Berkshire and Buckinghamshire FA for the Doug Frost Memorial Trophy. The match will be played at Barton Rovers FC’s ground and kick-off is at 2.00pm. The Club is delighted that Aaron is being acknowledged for his great flare with inclusion in the Bedfordshire FA team for this prestigious match. Tony McCool is enthused by Aaron’s selection as it is something the manager

BANBURY CONTINUE UNBEATEN RUN

It was a shirt sleeves day of pleasant sunshine which would no doubt call for a surreptitious water break for the players. What is puzzling is that this was a game that was so free of venom yielded six cautions and a dismissal. Frustration it was for Dunstable who had resisted gamely for almost all of the first period, only to fade in the second, where four goals were conceded. It did not help that they had to play the last twenty minutes with only ten men. Banbury had been prolific scorers in their opening games and may well have been a little put out that their dominance had been met with such resistance – but once they did score they found their task a lot easier in the second-half. The

MATCH REPORT: BANBURY UNITED

The only changes to the hosts’ starting eleven was Lanre Ladipo at right back, Ryan Young starting, whilst Ben Collins was named among the substitutes. Claudio Silva came on later in the second half, which marked his first team debut in a league match. A very good attendance just short of 200 was boosted by the travelling contingent who provided their usual vocal support. Dunstable began with a couple of forays and in the more promising move Lanre Ladipo strayed off-side. Ryan Young, Arel Amu and Brandy Makuendi found themselves assisting the defence rather than constructing goal chances – which owed much to Banbury’s patient retention of possession. Banbury began to connect passes in a prob

TENACIOUS DUNSTABLE MAKE THEIR POINT

Dunstable earned their precious first point of the season and were good value for it in what was their best performance so far and the improvements were manifold and satisfying. On a splendid pitch at Garden Walk, the visitors were defensively sound and tenacious throughout and their travelling supporters and officials can indeed be proud of an unyielding display. In short , it was a comprehensive performance. The Crows were promoted last season and I welcomed their presence in the Premier Division, since all recent encounters between these two clubs haVE been entertaining and quite exciting. Today was no exception, with neither team content to play for a point; we enjoyed end to end footb

MATCH REPORT: ROYSTON TOWN

Ben Collins, with barely two minutes played, fell on a player, hauled him down and earned himself an early yellow. The Crows looked eager but Scott Bridges early shot wide was indicative of a number of missed opportunities. They were keen to get in the crosses but it was soon apparent that the Dunstable defence coped exceedingly well, with Scott Betts imposing himself with authority. Gedeon Okito, playing wide on the left was able to cause problems and one of his crosses needed careful defending from Gus Scott-Morris. Royston utilised play well on both flanks and after one foray had seen Malone save well, a following cross seemed to be covered by Malone in the six yard box but a scuffed s

GEORGE'S BIG DAY

One of our youth team player's was the Dunstable Town mascot for our first pre season match against Marlow. He asked if he could write a blog about his day. How could we say no? I arrived at Marlow with my brother and my Mum and Dad,. Walking through the ground we meet Dunstable Town secretary Paul Harris who told us some funny stories. We also met the new Chairman Alex and his son Louis. After a chat with them I met former Luton Town and QPR legend Kevin Gallen, who was with the new Gaffer Tony McCool. I was so excited to see the new managers and players. Then I had a photo with Kevin Gallen and then watched the players warm up. At this point I was getting excited as I was mascot for the fi

FA CUP DRAW: 1st QUALIFYING RD

The old velvet bag has been out today and we have been drawn away to this Saturday's league opponents Royston Town. The match will be played Saturday 2nd September at Garden Walk, Royston.

CALIFORNIA DREAMING

Eversley and California 1-2 Dunstable Town The second game in less than 2 days was a journey down to Hampshire. The first half saw Dunstable play some great football and create chance after chance and was no surprise when Lee Mooney opened the scoring on 11 minutes following a great move which started on the edge of of our own box. James Lauder tracked his runner and timed his challenge perfectly before laying off to Jordan Gill to play a first time ball into the channel for Ashwin Chinjekure to latch onto then drive into the box and set back for Mooney to shoot past the keeper. Dunstable continued to dominate but had to wait until the 44th minute to double their advantage when Nathan Mu

MATCH REPORT: MERTHYR TOWN

Tony McCool gave starts to his two recent signings, Justin Koeries and Lanre Ladipo, with Ben Collins returning at right back. The tone was set for the afternoon on eight minutes as Corey Jenkins opened the scoring, before the second arrived from the penalty spot on 22 minutes, former Luton striker Stuart Fleetwood netting when Daniel Trif fouled Jenkins. Gedeon Okita had two promising runs forward curtailed for Dunstable, as they reached the interval with no further goals conceded. However, in the second half, the hosts conceded with just a minute on the clock as Jenkins raced away to net the third. Daniel Trif had two goal bound headers saved, and Brandy Makuendi and Kelvin igweani went cl

DEV'S SECOND WIN

Dunstable Town 3-1 Harefield Utd This was the first of 2 games in a 43 hour period. An even first 5 minutes until Mark Reilly tore his ankle ligaments which will keep him out for 6 weeks. It is fair to say the 'Hares' had the better of the half and struck first on 8 minutes when the striker lobbed Gary Malone in our goal. The equaliser came against the run of play on 14 minutes when Tofarati Adeoti needed two attempts to finally get the ball over the line following a good move. Rather than motivate Dunstable to better things it was Harefield who had the better of the play in the first half and were unlucky not to go into the lead on a couple of occasions and Simon Reilly was happy to get

LAST MAN STANDING IS BACK

The return of the Premier League also sees the reboot of our successful Last Man Standing competition. It’s fairly simply. Just pick the winner of one Premier League match. If your selection wins you progress to the next week. Lose or draw and you’re out and you are ridiculed for your appalling football knowledge for the remainder of the season. The entry fee is £10 and this will be split 50/50 between the prize fund for the winner/s and the Football Club. Entry forms will be available at the Merthyr Town & Banbury United games as well as online here. There is plenty of time to study the form and make you selection as the first round kicks off on Saturday 9th September and your selections ha

LEARNING THE LESSON AGAINST LANGLEY

This was a mystifying match. For almost the whole of the proceedings Dunstable were matching their Hertfordshire opponents and their seemed little difference between them. The eventual or indeed immediate difference, of course, was the vital one – finishing. It was a game where both defences could have played tighter, but it was also a game that saw plenty of opportunities that exposed Dunstable as diffident in front of goal. Kings Langley had a keen eye for the finish and for a while it was like the Redditch game – except the opening goal came just two minutes after the referee had signalled the start. After the heavy defeat at Redditch United, this first home game was seen as an even bi

LEARNING THE LESSON AGAINST LANGLEY

For almost the whole of the proceedings Dunstable were matching their Hertfordshire opponents and their seemed little difference between them. After the defeat at Redditch United, this first home game was seen as an even bigger test, and with a slightly changed line-up for the hosts. Manager Tony McCool had secured both Justin Koeries and Lanre Ladipo and returned Scott Betts to the heart of the defence and played Arel Amu up front. Dunstable conceded a very early opener. Man of the match, Gareth Price scored the first of his two goals, but in the time between this and the second away goal, some ten minutes later, Dunstable tried valiantly to get back on equal terms, but successive efforts

OUR FIRST EVER GAME

To take to the field yesterday was a miracle and an example of what can be achieved when you have got great people pulling together. We had put together a squad over six weeks that could compete for Dunstable Town FC in Step 3 of the football pyramid and of course they needed to fit a certain profile. Young hungry players that want to move their career on and use our club as a pathway to something great. But of course that means the players are learning a lot as we go and they are not coming into training every day. So we don’t have the readymade solutions that other clubs can benefit from. Of course managers at the top clubs and all the way down to our level including our league have the ab

SUBURBAN LEAGUE OPENER

A really good display saw Dunstable bring home the points with a great 5-0 scoreline. Mark Reilly opened the scoring on 22 mins with a good finish and Lee Mooney doubled the advantage on 36 minutes after getting the better of the Farnham keeper. It was 3-0 just before the break when Reilly volleyed home his second when he was played through by James Lauder. The fourth was scored by Erin Amu on 59 mins after he raced clear and placed his shot past the keeper and the game was wrapped up by Nathan Mullings on 81 mins when he was put in by Marawan Zidan. The clean sheet kept by Neven Perry in goal and the lads pleased the management team of Simon Reilly and Colin Lauder just as much as the

DUMPED BY THE DITCH

Dunstable’s new squad, widely acclaimed for playing for the badge and not for dosh, were praised by today’s referee, Mr Scott Postin. ‘They had a positive attitude throughout and kept at their task really well.’ As well as that there was an understandable protective attitude from manager Tony McCool who highlighted the fact that this was their first league game, were away from home and, once they had conceded a soft penalty, found it an uphill struggle. But in terms of attitude we may be glad, since although they were well beaten by a decent team, they played positive, clean football until the final whistle. My headline refers to, what according to Wikipedia is the locals’ nickname for t

DEV SIDE FIXTURES

Not only are the first team starting their league campaign this weekend, but the development side are too. They start with a trip to Surrey on Saturday to play Farnham Town and are away again the following Saturday at Eversley & California in Hampshire. You can catch them at Creasey Park on Thursday 17th August against Harefield United. Keep an eye on the development team's fixtures on their fixture page.

FREAKISH GOAL SETTLES IT

DUNSTABLE TOWN 0-1 ARLESEY TOWN (HT 0-1) ATTENDANCE 88 The last pre-season game had a dramatic build-up from Mother Nature, with a rumble or two of thunder and a prolonged downpour, followed by sunshine that gave way to melancholy spell of cloud. But for the actual game, perfect conditions prevailed and we saw Arlesey Town confidently defend their lead and contain an eager but ultimately inaccurate Dunstable, who strove in vain for an equaliser. Our County neighbours have a young and bright squad, who played good, flowing football even if they were harangued by their own coach who seemed to think that verbally demeaning players added to their appetite for the game. Different strokes for dif

McCOOL CALLS THE SHOTS

Dunstable Town 2-0 Aldershot Town (HT 0-0) Attendance 92 In terms of the quality of the football played, this was the most satisfying pre-season game so far and also the most encouraging. Yes, it was against youthful Aldershot side of development players and first team hopefuls, but they are a Conference side of young professionals, who presumably train every day. I am old enough to remember Aldershot as a League Club of some standing in the lower divisions, but have to confess my childhood negativity towards the club. Well, not the club, or the town’s austere military background, but my former maths teacher who was a keen Aldershot fan but was also the most sadistic pedagogue I have ever c

PROMISING DRAW AGAINST CRAWLEY FIRSTS

Crawley Green 3-3 Dunstable Town Development Squad A tough fixture against South Midlands Premier league opposition proved to be an entertaining match. Crawley Green took the lead from a corner after 15 mins but it was short lived as Lee Mooney finished off a flowing move two minutes later. The young blues then took the lead when Mooney grabbed his second after lobbing the keeper, following a more direct ball straight from Stephen Wake, who was having to play in goal due to an absence of keepers! The second half started fairly evenly, but it was our hosts who then began to assert some pressure which resulted in the equaliser, again from a dangerous corner and within a couple of minutes they

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