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Stalemate for the Blues

A game that neither side fully got to grips with was nearly decided in the closing minutes by a dipping long range shot from Jamie Traynor, which ended up inches wide of the upright, and saw the game finish goalless.

The Blues started the game brightly, and nearly found themselves ahead from an unlikely source; Goalkeeper Ben Lincoln sent a free kick from his own half towards the Hayes penalty area, and the bounce beat the visiting keeper, but went wide.

A minute later saw another chance for Dunstable Town, when a looping Traynor cross was headed wide by Jonathan Osae.

AFC Hayes had chances of their own though, and good ones too. The first of which came in the tenth minute when their attacker was sent through on the right, and with the Dunstable defence rushing back, played the ball to the striker in the middle, who could only manage a scuffed shot wide of the post. A let-off for the Blues.

Just short of the half-hour mark saw the Hayes goalkeeper in action again, this time with a fine double save. Dunstable captain Russell Wilson made space for the shot from just inside the penalty area, and saw his well-struck attempt parried away by the goalkeeper, and the follow up was tipped onto the post and behind.

With half time approaching, Hayes had another great opportunity as their number ten was bearing down on goal at high speed from the right, but he decided to try a shot from eight yards with his left foot, and somehow got it all wrong and saw it well wide of the right hand post.

Dunstable started the second half much the brighter side, looking creative when Ismael Toure and Scott Collins linked well with a clever free kick, but a tempting Collins cross was headed away to safety.

With an hour on the clock, a scrappy move saw the ball fall to Osae just over twenty yards from goal, and he was looking to provide the magic that would breath life into the game, but his curling effort was just too high.

A second yellow card for AFC Hayes' number eight meant the Blues would have a numerical advantage for the last twenty minutes, but despite good chances falling to both sides in the final stages of the game, neither goal was breached and the game finished goalless.

Encouraging signs for the development team, but ultimately there will be a frustration that they didn't get all three points.


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