DUNSTABLE TOWN 3-3 COLESHILL TOWN
With a squad ravaged by injuries, suspensions and players being unavailable, Blues Management duo, Tony McCool & Gareth Jackson, needed to re-shuffle their team and gave a first team debut to George Naismith, and first starts of the season to Charlie Black & Ben Collins in what was believed to be the first ever fixture between the two teams. In all there were seven changes from the team that took the field against AFC on Bank Holiday Monday.
Unbeaten in their last two games Town looked to turn optimism into more points and more goals, and got off to the perfect start when Saul Williams scored in the 3rd minute with a crisply hit shot which took his personal tally to three in his last two starts.
Parity was restored on 8 minutes when Joe Halsall got Coleshill’s equaliser, only for Charlie Black, full of confidence after his goal on Thursday night for the Development Team, to get Dunstable’s second.
Dunstable did well to repel persistent Coleshill pressure during the latter part of the first half but went into the break with their one goal lead still intact, thanks largely to a wonderful save from fit again Nathan Harness on the half hour and some impressive team defending, with Kieron Ogden being both vocal and effective.
Events took a turn for the worst for Dunstable when twice within the first five minutes of the second half, the Dunstable fortress was breached, firstly in the 47th minute by Reece Leek and then three minutes later when George Washburne converted from the penalty spot.
However just as they had done against, North Leigh, Berkhamsted and AFC Dunstable, the boys in the brand new all blue strip came back and took the game to their opponents. This was the fourth game this season where Dunstable Town have come from being behind to draw level again. On Saturday it was captain, Arel Amu who dispatched a 66th minute penalty as cooly as you like to bring Dunstable level again. The penalty was awarded when Saul Williams was through on goal only to be wrestled to the ground by the Coleshill defender who was given a straight red by referee Andrew Hitchcox.
However credit to Coleshill who didn’t park 10 men behind the bus but instead came hard at Dunstable seeking to prove the old saying that, “the best form is defence is attack” is correct.
However with one man short and gaps now appearing in midfield, Dunstable thought they’d made the extra man advantage count as Arel Amu ran on to a through ball who placed the ball agonisingly the width of a coat of paint wide, past the advancing Paul Hathaway’s goal.
There were mixed feelings at the end of the game, Coleshill were disappointed having been ahead mid- way through the second half to be only leaving with a point, while Blues fans took pride in their team’s battling performance with so many enforced changes.
That’s three games unbeaten on the spin for Dunstable, and with a scoring record of three goals a game, Blues fans are certainly getting their money’s worth in terms of entertainment.
On Tuesday 4th September, Dunstable Town take on Corby Town in an FA Cup Preliminary Round replay at Creasey Park following the dramatic 3 – 3 draw at Steel Park on August 25th. Kick off is at 7 45pm. Normal match day prices will be in operation although season tickets are not valid.
The winner of Tuesday night’s tie takes on Hertford in the 1st Qualifying round as a home fixture on Saturday 8th September.
Dunstable then travel to Chesham Town on Tuesday 11th September in the 1st Round of the Southern League Challenge Cup and then return to Creasey Park on September 15th when Aylesbury FC are our visitors for our scheduled Evo-Stik Southern League Division 1 Central fixture.
We thank every one for their wonderful support on Saturday and look forward to seeing you all on Tuesday for the visit of Corby Town.