REPORT: CHESHAM UNITED
DUNSTABLE TOWN 1 CHESHAM UNITED 4 (HT 1-2)
An early effort saw Andrew Osei-Bonsu cut through the Chesham defence and his cross drew an on target shot from Saul Williams, well held by Hafed Aldroubi. Dunstable enjoyed good possession of the ball and their wits and their scintillating positive forward play received the desired reward of a goal in the ninth minute. Peter Kioso tried a shot on the turn but the ball squirmed out to Arel Amu who converted smartly to give the hosts a deserved lead.
A decent diagonal shot from Ryan Young again tested the keeper but Chesham regrouped and settled into their game, pushing forward and forcing corners. There was an element of good fortune about the Generals’ equaliser, as Nick Hayes saved well from a corner but the ball struck the post and fell into the path of Kieran Murphy who snaffled the equaliser, after eighteen minutes.
Both teams looked for the lead and we were treated to a game of attacking football. Nick Hayes held a free kick from Chesham, struck firmly from just outside the penalty area and Lanre Ladipo put a home effort over the bar.
But four minutes before half-time, Northampton Town loan player Guiseppe Iaciofano made it 2-1 for the visitors, with a headed goal, following a cross from Lewis Toomey enabling the visitors to take the lead to the interval.
The attacking spirit prevailed in the second half, with both sides playing creative football, but it was Chesham who put away the opportunities and indeed they capitalised on a deflection for third goal. Dunstable sent players forward for a corner, which, on clearance , saw the ball come to substitute Ben Collins, who tried to thread the ball back forward but it took a deflection from a Chesham boot and suddenly the Generals had a two on one situation and the third goal had a touch of inevitability and it was scored with barely five minutes to go of normal time by Iaciofano.
A minute later the flattering score for the visitors was added to by Lewis Toomey and once again a promising display from Dunstable was shattered by misfortune and late efforts by Williams and Osei-Bonsu were painfully just wide of the target.