On the first cold winter’s evening Dunstable faced up against the high flying Luton Vets side (plus a few from Latinos in the premier division)… with Dunstable missing some key players manager Golding was over the moon with the team as they put in possibly the best performance of the season to date even with the score line not reflecting the performance!
The first half was a scrappy affair with both teams exchanging blows and the Latinos forward (sorry Luton forward) having a real battle with Golding on the right hand side and providing a real outlet for a Luton side that settled well into the game and forced Potter into some outstanding saves. With Dunstable showing how capable they can be as a defensive unit… the Ref started to set his tone for the evening with an odd sin-bin for Jay Hutch with all unable to figure out what this was for.
The Luton goal arrived a minute from half time when a fierce drive was saved well and the Luton striker reacted quickest to prod the ball home from a yard out 1-0 Luton.
Half time and Dunstable felt aggrieved to be trailing but having played so well confident that they had what it takes to turn the game around!
Dunstable flew out of the blocks and had Luton pinned into their half for the majority of the 25 minutes…Jay Hutchings was proving to be a real handful and was holding the ball up expertly allowing the Dunstable wide players to build momentum and start to produce overlaps and threats from the wide areas with quality balls raining in on the Luton backline J Hutch first hit the crossbar with an expertly measured header that went agonisingly high and landed on top of the crossbar this was followed but a driven cross from brother lew Hutch that feel at the feet of Jay who guided the ball onto the far post.
Dunstable where piling on the pressure with Rob K defending diligently at the back allowing for Dunstable to be bold and brave pushing players forward time and time again this time a stone wall penalty after a long throw into the box landed at the feet of Ryan Keeble who was kicked clean through from behind that even the Luton players stopped to wait for the whistle to blow…alas this never arrived and our wing wizard was left nursing a nasty injury as well as feeling robbed of what was a clear penalty!
With Jay Hutch again going close with a 1:1 chance from a wide angle that was saved well by the Luton Goalkeeper a well drilled Luton side clung on for 3 points and a great game came to an end.
We won’t talk about the x3 sin-bins for Dunstable as the ref was unsure of the slide rule so just decided to give a yellow to any player who stretched out a foot too far or was unfortunate enough to slip over the ball whilst being pushed from behind!
In our first season in the level of football, the team is coming together well and playing some lovely football.