Dunstable Town 0-3 Broadfields United
3rd August 2019
Written by Patrick MacKay and pictures by Chris White (Cupcake 99 Football Photography)
A hotly anticipated new campaign for Dunstable Town started with a disappointing 0-3 defeat to Broadfields United, with goals from Rex Kimona, Jordon Goode-Keeley and Charlie Barton enough to seal the victory for the visitors.
The game had started in an exciting and even manner, the Blues looking organised with new captain Seb Smith at the heart of their defence. When Broadfields attacked down the wing with 6 minutes on the clock, it was Smith who timed his tackle perfectly as the winger looked to make progress into the box.
In the opening stages there was some neat play going forward for the Blues too, creating a number of chances, but none of a particularly clear-cut nature. Davide Pobbe showed great vision to volley goalwards when nobody thought it likely, but ultimately saw his shot go over the bar.
With 31 minutes on the clock, Rex Kimona put newly promoted Broadfields ahead after a cross into the box resulted in some pinball action, ended by Kimona poking it in from close range.
Dunstable responded well, looking to attack, and looked to have set Chris Stapleton through on goal only a minute after going behind, only for the lineman's flag to be raised, much to the bewilderment of many in blue.
Chances fell to both sides before half-time, most notably for Dunstable when Rio Da Silva linked well with Stapleton, whose shot was blocked, only to see Ben Collins’ follow-up put wide of the goal. Minutes later, Evans Lamboh brilliantly headed on a Daniel Trif long ball into the path of Kelvin Osei-Addo, who drove into the box and went down, but the referee saw nothing wrong, and that was it for the first half.
Into the second half, Dunstable started very much on the front foot, forcing saves from the Broadfields keeper, with Trif and Stapleton again at the heart of things. But in the 53rd minute, it was Broadfields who were celebrating again, somewhat against the run of play, when Goode-Keeley shot from 20 yards, curling it past the fully stretched Mackenzie Taylor.
Dunstable remained cool and calm, and tried to play the game on their own terms, but with a quarter of an hour left to play, the game was put beyond them when a through-ball sent Charlie Barton bearing down on goal. At one stage it looked as though Ben Collins had shown enough pace to recover the situation, but Barton passed the ball neatly into the bottom corner to give his side a three-goal cushion.
Dunstable Town will now look to get their first points of the season on Tuesday 6th August, when Baldock Town visit Creasey Park. Kick-off will be at 19:45.