Photos by Liam Smith
The town continue with only their second game of 9 aside football this week with a trip to Lealands school on a very pleasant Sunday evening.
Town were able to welcome some new faces Jay Hutchinson, Barry O’Brien, Matt Hudson and Tom Fielding with Liam Kotis also making his debut for the Town.
The game started with Dunstable instantly controlling the ball well with Robson settling by the backline and causing panic from the get go. With the Dunstable defence and midfield interchanging and moving the ball well the United team sat in to deal with the threat and resorted to very direct play that was comfortably dealt with by Hudson and Bazza.
Quick thinking from Hutch freed O’brien down the right hand side and his expertly delivered ball found the onrushing Golding who only had to open up his foot and guide the ball into the top left corner to give the Town a well deserved 0-1 lead (a goal made in Totternhoe one onlooker was overheard saying).
Town controlled the ball well but a mix up In communication allowed the Luton striker through but his joy was short lived as he was welcomed into the area but Dunstable’s MOTM Potter stood up well and blocked his effort away with his outstretched leg.
The 1st half ended without major incident with Luton sitting in and Town moving the ball from side to side, both teams comfortable with how the game was playing out. Robson was shown a yellow and 5 minutes on the sideline after using his hands to protect his face from and oncoming high foot… Robbo’s son (a goal scoring wonder kid has been quoted saying his Dad now has more yellow cards than goals this season and the competition between the pair is on)!
The second half started with both Jay Hutch and Green controlling the play and some lovely football being played by Dunstable often came to nothing as they were often shut out by a resolute Luton defence. As the half grew on Dunstable became more impatient in search of the goals that their play deserved and were at times leaving themselves exposed to the long ball and had Potter to thank for several one on one saves!
With J. Hutch growing into the game and finding his dancing shoes producing some moments of class that came to no avail.
As the game drew to a close a Dunstable attack was intercepted by the United defence and a hopeful ball forward was expertly taken and dispatched by the Luton no.9!
Dunstable threw bodies forward in shock and left themselves open at the back that looked to be a certain goal… that was until a flying potter came out of his goal and produced an incredible block followed by an almighty face plant that left the Dunstable no.1 with significant facial burns (his Mrs has stated that she is happy with the improvement!).
The game ended in a draw and Dunstable can feel frustrated having been in relative control the entire game but this is why we love football with full credit to Luton United who stuck in the game and took a well deserved point.