KINGS LANGLEY 1 DUNSTABLE TOWN 0 HT 1-0 ATTENDANCE 245
The game was of particular importance to both clubs who are anxious for points and both obviously felt the win was there for the taking – and it was the hosts who looked the likelier to score in the opening spell. Gareth Price had a lively time of it, his run was suggestive but the shot was ballooned over the bar. Arel Amu and Gedeon Okito tried their bit of pace and won a corner that was easily cleared and at the other end Kieran Turner put another over the bar.
Andrew Osei – Bonsu combined with Brandy Makuendi and his shot brought a corner which culminated in a blocked effort from Lanre Ladipo. A free kick from Hitchcock was a good one and from the created chance John Sonuga was there to clear virtually from his goal line. Mitchell Weiss tried one from range but it was too optimistic.
There was a good touch from Jonathan Barnett, which put Saul Williams through but that was halted by the adamant off-side flag. After half an hour of mostly Langley pressure, if this could be absorbed without concession then, as the game went on it may well favour Dunstable.
Yet from a Dunstable free-kick, gathered by Martin Bennett who opted for route one and, this stretched the visitors’ defence and a rash challenge from goal keeper Attila Für saw, unsurprisingly, referee Daniel Simpson point to the spot. Dispute was but token, Hitchcock converted well, and it was ten minutes to half-time.
Dunstable were not without effort and they forced two successive corners, without any real threat and a Barnett free kick was easy for Bennett.
Kings substituted Weiss with Brendan Ocran at the resumption and Dunstable employed all three permitted substitutes in this second period. Osei-Bonsu and Ladipo were answering the call for needed aggression but a shot over the bar was the best that could be managed. Saul Williams shaped for a shot from a good move on the left flank but was neatly dispossessed.
Kings forced two corners and one had some hectic activity produced in the penalty area, with Dunstable prevailing in defence. Then there came that frantic last ten minutes, punctuated with a bit of ‘handbags’ that caused a bit of a delay. But there was a good deal of legitimate aggression where it seemed the pressure would bag a goal, however untidy.
Kings were not panicking but defended mightily and they needed to. Two free kicks from Dunstable caused mayhem but the equaliser eluded them. A great, late effort from Gedeon Okito was just tipped over the bar by Martin Bennett and there was a further fine chance for Peter Kioso. But the late, threatened equaliser did not materialise.