LONDON TIGERS 0-3 DUNSTABLE TOWN
Dunstable travelled to Avenue Park facing a tricky away fixture against London Tigers and performed ably to gain a comfortable victory. The winning margin was considerably reduced by the outstanding for of Tigers goal keeper Adam Atour who made a succession of notable saves as Dunstable laid siege to the Tigers’ goal.
Chances were soon created and the home side were forced to defend in depth. Atour held a swirling shot from Damen Pickering, who went on to head the Blues into the lead following a free kick from Jonathan Barnett after twenty minutes.
New signing Fabio Bufano was only just wide with his headed effort a minute later. Tigers’ efforts were confined to rare counter attacks with Kye Hendrix looking the most dangerous. Dunstable were restricted to a single goal lead as the Tigers defended desperately at times and owed much to the bravery and skill of their goal keeper.
The home side attempted to open the second half with some forward play but received no recompense from a well-marshalled Blues defence and the visitors resumed their dominant stance yet needed another goal – which when it did come was a real beauty. Jonathan Barnett shot from range bringing a fine save but his following shot was unstoppable, hitting the top left corner. Sixty-five minutes had gone and the visitors were comfortable on an off the ball.
More and more attacks produced goal chances with Nathan frater rattling his shot against the upright and Lee Roache being denied in successive shots as he eluded defenders. Tony Burnett was another player denied by an Atour save and seven minutes before the end Lee Roache was finally rewarded for his hard work – but on the second attempt. His first shot was well saved by Atour but Roache regained possession and this time found the back of the net. Right to the end the Blues tried to score again with Roache and substitute Chris Francis being denied by the heroic Atour.
This opening win sets the Blues up for their following away league match to promoted Ampthill on Tuesday evening and the first home league match against Hadley.
DUNSTABLE TOWN KIDD, PICKERING, GOAL 20 MINS, MEAD, BUCHANAN, BUFANO, BARNETT, GOAL 65 MINS OLALAYE, COOPER, FRATER, ROACHE, GOAL 83 MINS, BURNETT SUBSTITUTES – USED – PLOWRIGHT WOOD AND FRANCIS – NOT USED FLOOD AND A MEAD