MATCH REPORT : DUNSTABLE TOWN V BASINGSTOKE TOWN
DRAGONS INFLICT FIRST HOME DEFEAT ON DUNSTABLE
Before a ball was kicked there was a respectful minute’s silence to honour the memory of Seamus Dunne, former Dunstable Town player/manager, who died this week, aged 81.
After just five minutes Dunstable needed to replace Shane Bush who was stretchered off suffering a head injury, being replaced by David Keenleyside. The visitors dominated play and took a deserved and unsurprising lead after sixteen minutes when Romane Rose connected with a through ball and fired through the legs of Dunstable keeper Jack Smith. Dunstable struggled for both possession and forward play and were again caught cold when Ashleigh Artwell shot at point blank range which Smith did well to hold.
Dunstable’s best chances seemed to come from set pieces but they had few of these in a half where they were decidedly second best. However, the hosts began the second half strongly and within three minutes of the restart were level with their best bit of combinative play that involved Jhai Dhillon, Alex Cathline and Jack Hutchinson, with the last names lobbing Alex Tokarcyk for their equaliser. But the rejuvenation was short lived, as two minutes later Dhillon was injured after a tangle with the keeper and needed to be replaced by Jordan Odofin.
The game slipped into a scrappy phase where fluency was lost owing to several stoppages for free-kicks, but it sprang to life when Basingstoke scored their second and third goals. Man of the match Owusu outpaced the pedestrian Dunstable defence to score the second after seventy minutes and two minutes later in a replicated move, Richie Whittingham put the game beyond doubt for the visitors.
Tokarcyk made a save at close range from Hutchinson, and this really was the only shot on target for the hosts in the second half. Indeed Basingstoke substitute Aaron Jarvis ought to have made it 4-1 as he had drawn Jack Smith well out of his goal area, but the lob went narrowly wide. Late efforts for Dunstable brought no consolation as they slipped to their heaviest defeat of the season – the only game where they have lost by more than a one goal margin.
Smith, Reynolds, Dhillon (Odofin), Talbot, Sonuga, Longe-King, J Green, D Green, (Bossman), Cathline, Bush, (Keenleyside) Hutchinson.