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 did not test Kyle Forster.
There was some good stuff from Brandy Makuendi and Ryan Young. One whipped in cross, invited an accurate header but this could only be glanced over the line for a goal kick. The Langley defence was a good deal more solid than the hosts who conceded a third when Mitchell Weiss made the most of his free header that afforded Garry Malone little chance.
Dunstable went back to their task gamely and with enthusiasm and new boy Lanre Lapido had a decent shot well saved, after some good preparatory work – notably from Aaron Hudson. The first Dunstable Town goal of the season, which was scored after fifty-six minutes by Daniel Trif, was celebrated fulsomely. It was well constructed and superbly finished and did offer a bit of a lifeline.
The chance of a Roy of the Rovers comeback was spoilt by a referring decision. “Off-side ref” was the call of the home faithful. But the referee made a demonstrative gesture that clearly over-ruled the flag and a shot was fired in that Malone did well to parry with his knee and the follow-up was blazed wide. Langley obtained a throw-in and a slick pass saw Gareth Price make it 4-1.