It was Non-League Day at Creasey Park, with the initiative of ‘pay what you want’ attracting a good attendance of 254, and most importantly it set the scene for Dunstable Town’s first league win of the season, their first points at home and a clean sheet for debut teenage goalkeeper, Casey Harker.
Farnborough, expecting a tough game, made an earnest start and it was not long before former Dunstable player Connor Calcutt became involved, having two blocked shots and another wide. Home keeper Harker had a pleasing debut and some vital saves to his credit. He held good efforts from both Kieron Forbes and Perry Coles, was confident in the air from corners and his distribution was anticipatory.
The home side settled to a more cohesive rhythm and made inroads with well –constructed counter attacks – yet at this stage they had not completely eliminated the threats of the visitors, who had perhaps the edge in the first period. Dunstable had their chances with a fine run from Arel Amu robustly blocked and a cross from Claudio Silva needed Aiden Upward to pluck the ball away from waiting heads. Upward also saved well from a splendid shot from Ryan Young who had pestered on the right flank.
The first goal had been notably elusive as both defences were precise and unyielding and the only successful strike of the game came from an unforced error in the seventy-first minute. Farnborough skipper Josh Huggins and keeper Aiden Upward got their wires crossed and what ought to have been a routine gather and clearance saw the keeper lose the ball and hand it to the predatory Andrew Osei-Bensu who , having taken possession had the simple task of picking what part of the untenanted goal to place his match winning shot.
With twenty minutes to go, both sides made forward moves when they could and Huggins almost atoned for his error when his effort just cleared the bar and Osei-Bensu was thwarted in his attempt to bag his and his side’s second goal.
Arel Amu’s beautiful chip looked like giving the hosts a second goal but Upward made a magnificent save by just tipping it over the bar for a corner.
On balance Dunstable deserved their first win and the team was keen to celebrate this with the Regiment after the final whistle in a scene we hope will be replicated in games to come, both home and away.