DUNSTABLE TOWN 1 REDDITCH UNITED 1 HT 1-1 ATTENDANCE 193
Battling Dunstable earned a creditable draw in an entertaining game at a blustery Creasey Park, against a team that had put five past them, without reply, at the Valley Stadium on the opening day of the season. The result demonstrates just how valuable growing experience and self-belief are, as indeed, there were opportunities to gain maximum points today.
Initially a substitute, Hungarian goalkeeper Attila Für made an impromptu debut as Casey Harker had failed a very late fitness test. Returning to duty from injury were Jonathan Barnett and Peter Kioso. Barnett, however needed to be replaced by Ben Collins towards the end of the first half.
Redditch, playing against the wind in the first half had an early chance when Andi Thanoj fired his shot over the bar and Nathan Fox was proving a handful on the left flank. At the other end Ryan Young also put his shot over the bar. Spencer Weir-Daley’s shot was on target but brought a notable save from Attila Für.
Dunstable matched Redditch’s enterprising play and they won a free-kick just outside the penalty area. This was partially cleared and a loose ball fell to Arel Amu who joyously put the home side ahead with a fine finish.
Redditch reacted with urgency and some slick play and Fox had another shot saved by Für. The visitors did draw level after thirty-seven minutes when full-back Lewis Wright tried a shot from range, wide on the right. The ball took an unkind bounce which was enough to deceive Für who watched the ball enter the net at his far post.
Dunstable had an immediate chance to restore their lead when Amu’s cross to Andrew Osei-Bonsu saw the later unleash his shot but it drew a fine save from West Bromwich Albion loan keeper Ethan Ross.
Redditch finished the half with a flourish and a late free-kick needed careful defending. The second half saw further substitutions by both teams and no easing up in effort to gain maximum points. Spencer Weir–Daley ought to have put his side ahead when he seized on Für’s parry but somehow put his shot wide.
At the other end, Arel Amu muscled his way into a run on goal and from fairly close range he put the effort over the bar, when it looked highly likely that he would double his and his side's tally.
The later part of the half saw both sides probing without success and a draw was, overall, a fair result and it was a vital point as it lifts Dunstable a place above St Ives, who suffered a late loss.