HARD WORK IN HEREFORD

HEREFORD 2 DUNSTABLE TOWN 0 HT 0-0 ATTENDANCE 1,686 I received a phone call the morning after the match and it was a female Hereford supporter who asked me to pass on her message which, concisely, was that she had nothing but praise for our players who had held out for fifty minutes before conceding – and then only from a penalty. Later – as Gareth Jackson said in an interview, a late second goal was scored ‘and a wave of relief went round the ground’. ‘We applauded your players off,’ she told me, ‘we always do that for visiting teams, but there were a lot more supporters involved than usual. They deserved it.’ They are both right – as Dunstable – although under a good deal of pressure

REPORT: HEREFORD

HEREFORD 2 DUNSTABLE TOWN 0 HT 0-0 ATTENDANCE 1,686 This turned out to be another game where a conceded penalty had a significant bearing on the outcome of the match as a whole. Hereford, with one eye on their sold-out cup tie against AFC Telford United on the forthcoming Saturday, were perhaps a little surprised at the tenacity of their visitors , and despite having the lion’s share of the play, needed a second –half penalty to overcome what had been an obstinate Dunstable defence. The near 1700 attendance was expecting a home banker and after the kick-off they had an immediate chance when Lance Smith seemed certain to score from close range, but on loan goalkeeper, Nick Hayes, from Ipswich

LOAN DEAL COMPLETE

Tony McCool and his management team have been busy over the weekend securing a loan deal for goalkeeper Nicolas Hayes on an initial one month deal from Championship side Ipswich Town. Nick has been at the Suffolk club since 2013, progressing through their academy system before being offered a two year pro deal in 2016. He has been included in twelve England U17 squads and received three full caps for his country. Nick visited Creasey Park on Saturday and met with the management and players, and goes straight into the squad for the away match at Hereford on Tuesday. We would like to take this opportunity to welcome Nick and his family to the club and that they enjoy their time with us.

DOWN AND OUT WITH NINE MEN

DUNSTABLE TOWN 1 LEWES 4 HT 0-4 ATTENDANCE 102 This was a most curious game. Lewes had a comfortable 4-0 lead at the interval and then faced a Dunstable revival that brought just one goal as compensation but the additional loss of two players to injury, reducing them to nine men in the course of the second half. All permitted substitutes had been used. Why curious? Well, with a degree of irony Dunstable ‘won’ the second half and the nine men played as if they had a few more players on the pitch. Lewes, by way of contrast, lost their command of the game and seemed almost disinclined to add to their first half tally. They had racked up their lead and probably expected more goals. This was th

REPORT: LEWES

Dunstable Town 1 Lewes 4 HT 0-4 Attendance 102 Dunstable made six changes from the team that narrowly lost by a penalty goal at Kings Langley, and found themselves four goals down at the interval. They then had a remarkable second half where, having employed all three substitutes lost two players to injury and played the last half an hour with nine men and were the better team. They were immediately under pressure with Lewes forging chances from the left flank. They took the lead however when skipper Lloyd Cotton fired in an angled shot from the right after twelve minutes. He then had another go but put the ball over the bar, following good work from Coppola. Coppola found himself on the sco

TONY'S NOTES - LEWES

We having been nursing some injuries so it may be time to rest a couple of players to aid the recovery but we certainly will be going into this 100% to win and we want to maintain the performance and energy levels we have seen in recent games. Of course we are trying desperately to stabilise the goalkeeper situation but we have been dealt some terrible luck along the way. Casey has come in and we are really excited about him in the long term and we had to bring in some cover for him. I’ve also spent the last two days working round the clock to add strength in that department so that we can really get our goalkeepers fully fit and able to perform at their peak long term. As you read this i’m

PENALTY DECIDES IT

KINGS LANGLEY 1 DUNSTABLE TOWN 0 HT 1-0 ATTENDANCE 245 This was not an easy game to predict since Kings Langley had yet to win at home and their only win so far was at Creasey Park in the second game of the season. Dunstable had yet to win away, but the solid performance against Redditch United would have given the players some confidence against a team just a place or two above them. Gaywood Park had undergone some impressive refurbishment, which is still on-going. The pitch was pristine and the spectator areas have been considerably improved, thanks to the generous support of Watford FC to facilitate their Ladies side playing their home matches at Gaywood. I think it fair to say that this

REPORT: KING LANGLEY

KINGS LANGLEY 1 DUNSTABLE TOWN 0 HT 1-0 ATTENDANCE 245 The game was of particular importance to both clubs who are anxious for points and both obviously felt the win was there for the taking – and it was the hosts who looked the likelier to score in the opening spell. Gareth Price had a lively time of it, his run was suggestive but the shot was ballooned over the bar. Arel Amu and Gedeon Okito tried their bit of pace and won a corner that was easily cleared and at the other end Kieran Turner put another over the bar. Andrew Osei – Bonsu combined with Brandy Makuendi and his shot brought a corner which culminated in a blocked effort from Lanre Ladipo. A free kick from Hitchcock was a good on

AMU’S AIM IS TRUE

DUNSTABLE TOWN 1 REDDITCH UNITED 1 HT 1-1 ATTENDANCE 193 I was rather hoping that Dunstable debut Hungarian goal keeper Attila Für would keep a clean sheet today so I could use the headline ‘Attila the None’, but it was not to be. Attila was not in the initial starting XI, but was drafted into the team as Casey Harker failed a late fitness test. As it was he joined a battling Dunstable side that had a creditable draw against a team that had put five past them, without reply, on the opening day of the season, scoring four in the first half hour. Dunstable are a bit different now – they have more experience and showed the value of self-belief and the continuing hard work put in by the manage

REPORT: REDDITCH UNITED

DUNSTABLE TOWN 1 REDDITCH UNITED 1 HT 1-1 ATTENDANCE 193 Battling Dunstable earned a creditable draw in an entertaining game at a blustery Creasey Park, against a team that had put five past them, without reply, at the Valley Stadium on the opening day of the season. The result demonstrates just how valuable growing experience and self-belief are, as indeed, there were opportunities to gain maximum points today. Initially a substitute, Hungarian goalkeeper Attila Für made an impromptu debut as Casey Harker had failed a very late fitness test. Returning to duty from injury were Jonathan Barnett and Peter Kioso. Barnett, however needed to be replaced by Ben Collins towards the end of the first

AUTUMN FRIENDLY FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT

Prior to our home match against Redditch United, the club in partnership with its Community School of the Season, Weatherfield Academy, ran its second Friendly Football Tournament. Weatherfield Academy hosted the tournament and a great atmosphere was created by the young players and their enthusiastic families and friends who came out to support them. Teams from Weatherfield Academy, Kensworth Church of England Academy, Totternhoe Lower School and Vale Academy participated. The teams were made up of boys and girls aged 8-11, who do not play representative football either for their school or an organised youth team. The aim of the day is for the children to enjoy playing football with no pres

TONY'S NOTES - REDDITCH UNITED

After our little run of decent form we were of course hit with some terrible luck which we simply can’t cope with and don’t have the ability to dip in our pockets for a short term fix solution, so that left us on the wrong end of two heavy defeats, but with both clubs officials quoting how flattering the score lines were. We were acutely aware of the problem with our young goalkeeper at Stratford and then we were hit with some other issues including our centre back getting his boot ripped off and while he left the pitch to get the replacement they scored. Despite that our second half response was immense and shows the character of the lads. 4-0 down and they had a proper good go to get back

DUNSTABLE SUFFER FIRST HALF STRAFING AT STRATFORD

STRATFORD TOWN 5 DUNSTABLE TOWN 1 HT 4-0 ATTENDANCE 194 The Dunstable defence, so impressive in their last two games, became a bit jittery, and looked increasingly vulnerable as the hosts scored four goals in the first half. The visitors had their chances but they failed to convert them. However, they came out for the second half with renewed vigour, pulled a goal back and for a while looked as if they might well obtain more compensation. Significantly, a number of the home supporters stayed in the ground to join the Regiment in applauding the defeated team off the pitch, in recognition of their persistence over the ninety minutes. There was perhaps recognition as well that with a few more

REPORT: KING'S LYNN TOWN

DUNSTABLE TOWN 0 KING’S LYNN TOWN 4 HT 0-1 ATTENDANCE 120 In another earnest performance, Dunstable’s young guns held their own in a frantic opening where they matched the Linnets’ forward thrusting play with counter attacks, but again their efforts on goal went unrewarded. The hosts were forced to make changes owing to injury and defender Kieran Ogden replaced Casey Harker in goal and earned a good deal of praise for his performance – especially in the opening spell where he made a number of vital saves in varying style. Jonathan Barnett and Peter Kioso had joined Casey Harker on the injury list. King’s Lynn, who went to the top of the Southern Premier Division table on tonight’s result

TONY'S NOTES - KING'S LYNN TOWN

We have always shown excellent resilience and effort in many games and that’s where the performances always give you the confidence that eventually we will start to pick up some points, despite whatever circumstances we find ourselves in. So October has shown that we have indeed improved and we have learned a lot. What we don’t have in resource, we make for in a plan, guts and determination. A couple of players came in against AFC Dunstable and improved us a lot in terms of adding some know-how and detail. We have also added some serious strength going forward and it has helped us to be able to maintain good spells of possession and pressure. We drew that game and lost on penalties in a game

REPORT: STRATFORD TOWN

Both teams started well, with the hosts having the better early chances, and Lee Thomas’ shot was held by Casey Harker. In the seventh minute the visitors were stretched when Charlie Evans’ shot was parried into the path of Edwin Ahenkorah who finished precisely. Dunstable almost got immediate compensation when Peter Kioso’s header was just over the cross bar. Taylor’s next shot was gathered safely by Harker, then Kioso had a blocked shot before Osei-Bonsu tested the home keeper. Stratford almost scored an unlikely second when a shot ricocheted off a defender and was just wide of the post. John Sonuga had a header from a corner and was then called upon to defend successfully at the other end

UNBEATEN RUN CONTINUES

DUNSTABLE TOWN 3 FLACKWELL HEATH 1 HT 0-1 Three goals and three points was the eventual outcome of this proverbial game of two halves. The visitors had edged the first period with the better chances, but it took them a full forty minutes to convert one of these into a goal. Very early in the game, Mark Reilly received a knock that was sufficient to see a needed replacement. Flackwell Heath had won their last game 10-0 against Harefield United, and were expected to provide strong opposition, which indeed they did. In one of their many purposeful attacks it needed Ziahn Watts to affect a clearance close to the goal line but the hoists came close with one effort that clipped the top of the po

ELLIS AND THE MATCHDAY EXPERIENCE

As part of the club’s ongoing development of its Community Education programme, it is now offering matchday work experience opportunities for students. This has already started to pay dividends through the good offices of Kevin Alderson - long-standing member of The Regiment, Head of Matchday Stewarding and lecturer at Central Bedfordshire College. Kevin has begun to identify students, who as part of their Pathway Course studies have to undertake work experience with an outside organisation. To this end, the first student from the college to take advantage of this scheme is Ellis Chisolme. Ellis’ first taste of work experience was at the recent home game against Farnborough. Ellis came along

AMU’S PENALTY SECURES PRECIOUS POINT

ST NEOTS TOWN 2 DUNSTABLE TOWN 2 HT 1-1 ATTENDANCE 180 After their first league win over Farnborough at the weekend, Dunstable rose to the challenge of gaining a positive result at St Neots. This was achieved late in the game, when, following the foul on substitute Keiran Ogden, Arel Amu calmly converted the penalty that would ultimately gain a point which was ample reward for the team’s persistency under pressure in a game where they briefly led. Gaining four points in two games is something of a tonic, especially as it seemed that the home side would eventually convert from their continual marauding up front, necessitating resolute defending. But from the kick-off, it was clear that Duns

REPORT: ST NEOTS

After their first league win over Farnborough at the weekend, Dunstable rose to the challenge of gaining a positive result at St Neots. This was achieved late in the game, when, following the foul on substitute Keiran Ogden, Arel Amu calmly converted the penalty that would ultimately gain a point which was ample reward for the team’s persistency under pressure in a game where they briefly led. After some early and unsuccessful forays by the home side, Dunstable countered quickly and some excellent flank play exposed some vulnerability in the home defence. Saints responded well but their finishing was lacking and after ten minutes Dunstable took the lead. Saturday’s hero against Farnboroug

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