Written by Andrew Madaras
Dunstable Town overcame adversity and triumphed in a bad-tempered match against London Colney at Creasey Park on Saturday.
The Blues were reduced to 10 men when debutant Luke Dunstan was sent off after only 20 minutes for a straight red card.
A hat trick from Kyle Faulkner and a goal each for Joe Sellers-West and Kyle Davison-Gordon saw the Blues home, with the away side scoring a consolation goal from Gael Muyonge at the start of the second half.
Referee Neo Neophytou was a busy man, sending off Dunstan, booking Charlie Jones, Liam McCrohan, Kelvin Osei-Addo, Kyle Durcan and Joe Deeney.
Those were just the Dunstable cautions. London Colney had a player sin-binned and two others booked including their physio.
In between the periods of ten cards being shown Dunstable produced some memorable football and really should have been two goals to the good before Luke Dunstan was given his marching orders.
Dunstan is a player that Deeney highly rates as we discovered in his Thursday night round up on DTFC TV and is delighted to have captured his signature. A proper midfield general of the old school variety, Dunstan will strengthen the combative midfield and give the engine room some more power.
Tolu Ikuyinminu followed up a drive from Kyle Faulkner in the 9th minute but was uncharacteristically off target on the rebound.
Joe Sellers-West was on target on 28 minutes to force the ball home following a partially cleared corner, and within a minute of the re-start, Kyle Faulkner got the first of his hat trick with a powerful drive just outside the box following good work from Kyle Davison Gordon out on the left.
The two Kyles would reverse roles in the second half for Dunstable’s third goal, and the same combination would be at the heart of Dunstable’s fifth and final goal of the afternoon.
As we neared half-time J’Ardell Stirling produced a piece of inventive trickery but the London Colney keeper saved well with his legs to deny Stirling what would have been a contender for goal of the season. Picking the ball up deep in defence, J’Ardell strode forward, brushed aside defenders, played a neat one two and found himself one on one with the keeper. The keeper doing well to deny Stirling what would have been his first goal for the Club.
The half ended with the Blues sitting comfortable with a two goal lead.
However, within four minutes of the restart, London Colney got themselves a lifeline.
Dunstable failed to clear the ball on the left and were punished on 49 minutes when the away side pressed hard and beat the Dunstable defence leaving Muyonge in acres of space to halve the deficit.
However, any thoughts the away side may have had about getting on level terms were dashed just three minutes later when Faulkner won a challenge in the middle of the park and found himself free to run on goal. He beat his defender and as the keeper advanced, squared the ball to Kyle Davison-Gordon to side-foot the ball home and record his first goal for the Blues.
Three minutes later, and it was effectively game over. Charlie Jones kicked low and true to Davison-Gordon who played Joe Sellers-West in down the left-hand side. Sellers-West advanced, beat his man, got to the byline and crossed for Faulkner to half volley the ball home.
The fifth and final Dunstable goal came on the hour mark and again the two Kyles were at the heart of it.
Kyle Davison Gordon defending out on the left played an inch perfect pass for Kyle Faulkner to run on to, out muscle his defender, cut inside and fire low and hard into the far corner.
The last time the Blues hit five goals was against London Colney away on Saturday November 13th last year.
Saturday’s win makes it six wins from eight games in all competitions for the Blues, this season. However, don’t expect any complacency from Head Coach, Joe Deeney. On Tuesday night Shefford Town & Campton return to Creasey Park for a League game. Deeney will want to see a better overall performance from his players than in the FA Cup defeat two weeks ago.
On Saturday Holmer Green are the visitors to Creasey Park in the Second Qualifying round of the FA Vase. It’s a competition that the Blues have been knocked out of at the first time of asking in each of the last three seasons, but supporters will be hoping for another strong performance like they witnessed on Saturday and hopefully progression into the draw for the next round.