BLUES IN ENTERTAINING STALEMATE!
Written by Neil Barker,Picture by Liam Smith.
Dunstable Town 0 v 0 Kempston Rovers - Tuesday 20th February With both teams coming off the back of heavy defeats at the weekend you would be forgiven for thinking that this would be a cagey affair. Far from it . This was an entertaining game, which, mainly thanks to some fine saves from Kempston keeper James Martin, and the alertness of Blues stopper Connor Coulson, remained goalless. Manager Gareth Jackson made two changes from the loss against Peterborough Sports. John Sonuga replaced Kieran Ogden at the centre of defence, and Saul Williams came in for Davide Pobbe, who dropped to the bench. This was a game of two contrasting styles . The intricate passing and movement of the Blues offset by the more direct Kempston approach. The Blues started brightly, with the skill and pace of Marcus Goldbourne and Saul Williams being a constant thorn in the Kempston defence's side. It was Goldbourne who drove just wide on 4 minutes with the crowd expecting the ball to nestle in the bottom corner. It was the Blues who went close again on 12 minutes, when an excellent volley from Hassan Sheik from the left side of the box went narrowly wide. It was the Blues again on 18 minute with Martin pulling off the first of half a dozen strong saves, this time from an Erin Amu shot. Kempston came more in to the game and Joseph Scott sent a shot wide on 26 minutes, after good work from Ieuan Riley. This was quickly followed by a header from Shane Bush that Coulson tipped over. The half ended with the Jordan Wright entering the referees notebook for a strong challenge on Marcus Goulborne. The second of three bookings for Kempston as they sought to curb the pace and skill of Gouldborne and Saul Williams. It was Kempston who had the first opportunity of the second half with Cameron Hyde dragging just wide. However, the Blues started to assert themselves with Saul Williams glancing just wide from a Gedeon Okito free kick and it was Williams again on 56 minutes who saw his shot well save by James Martin. Erin Amu soon followed up with an effort that drew another save from Martin. Good build up play by Shepherd and Joseph on 67 minutes ended with Kempston's skipper Shane Bush volleying just over. It was looking like just one goal would settle this encounter with Chris Wreh seeing an effort again saved by Martin , and Saul Williams shooting just wide on 73 minutes . However, it was Kempston who nearly stole it in the 90th minute when a shot from George Boland hit the outside of the post and bounced away. On the balance of play, the Blues will feel that they did more than enough to secure the three points, however this was far from one way traffic, and Kempston battled hard to secure a point that leaves both teams on equal points and goal difference. Dunstable Town: Connor Coulson , Joe Mead, Daniel Triff , John Sonuga (c) Gedeon Okito , Saul Williams, James Lauder, Hassan Sheik, Erin Amu , Chris Wreh, Marcus Goldbourne. Subs: Davide Pobbe( for Lauder 71 mins) Jonathan Osae (for Amu 71 mins) Ehban Nancarrow - Martin (for Sheik 83 mins) Josh Bailey , George Naismith. Attendance: 91 .