Dorchester had the greater possession but found, as did Dunstable, that penetrating the defence was far from easy. Arel Amu was eager up front but had little meaningful support and the visitors played a noticeably high line. Thomas Blair had some promising action on the left flank for the Magpies, and an early free kick tested Will Henry, who saved well.

Dunstable had avoided their tendency to concede an early goal, but the lack of goalmouth action was a cause for concern for both teams. Dunstable can be thankful for Will Henry’s alertness in goal – he gathered well from corners and at this stage had few saves to make.

Going to the interval without conceding was welcome and it was hoped that the hosts would be able to build on this in the second half – but it began with them conceding within thirty seconds of the resumption. A cross from Edward Bastick found Sam Lanahan who squeezed the ball past Will Henry. It breathed life into the Magpies in terms of positive forward play as they went on to dominate the half in terms of both possession and goal chances.

Dorchester had the good sense not to sit on their slender lead and they had several decent chances in the second period, and had the ball in the net once more – from scorer Lanahan, but was disallowed for a foul. He later drew the save of the match from Henry, who tipped his header over the bar.

There was urgency and good work shown by Gedeon Okito, Ryan Young and Aaron Hudson, but their efforts were unproductive in terms of clear goal chances, but their work rate was impressive.

Play was held up when Bastick needed to be stretchered off after an injury and both sides eventually used all their permitted substitutes. Dunstable continued to battle and in the six additional minutes struggled manfully to get the equaliser. But for that momentary lapse at the start of the second half, a point may well have been the outcome and it would have restored a good deal of confidence.

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