On another baking hot day, Tony McCool took his players to the hallowed turf of Brunel University’s sports ground, a mere stones throw away from Hillingdon Hospital, and a good 5 miles away from Harefield’s home ground at Preston Park, where, if my memory serves me right, the groundsman was awarded Groundsman of The Year award back in our Spartan South Midlands days.
The Development Team finished their season off late in May at Preston Park against a strong Harefield Development Team, and the pitch that evening looked green all over and testimony to the skill and devotion of the groundsman.
The Brunel University pitch yesterday was dry and devoid of green grass. I’m sure there were lines on the pitch but I couldn’t see them, just the touchlines visible against the yellow scorched earth. On these occasions you have to remember that the conditions are the same for both sides, and this is the result seen on many sporting surfaces across the land where there has been no rain for over six weeks. We count ourselves hugely fortunate that at Creasey Park we have groundsman, Dave and his Team, lovingly preparing the pitch and allowing the Council’s water rates bill to creep up as the automatic watering machine does it’s work up and down the pitch.
Quick quiz question. Can you name the last game when two brothers playing for Dunstable Town scored in the same match ? In recent years we’ve had Peter and Gedeon, the Wood brothers, the Lincoln brothers, possibly even the Carney brothers, that I can instantly recall, but after that I’m stuck, and I don’t think any of those players scored in the same match. Yesterday both Arel & Erin Amu got on the scoresheet which had proud father, and Committee Member, Andrew beaming with pride as his two sons tore into the Harefield backline at every opportunity.
There were strong performances from every one of the 16 man squad Tony had chosen for the match. Jonny Barnett rolled back the years and was imperious and commanding in everything he did, encouraging and praising the younger players and rallying calls to arms when needed. For me Jonny was the DTFC man of the match yesterday, but special mention in dispatches to three of Tony’s new recruits, Hassan Sheikh and Marius Patru, who were at the heart of midfield breaking up Harefield play and creating Dunstable forward movements, and to Chris Wreh who bent the ball into the top right hand corner from the edge of the box to get Dunstable back on level terms. I make that 5 goals in three matches for Chris, who always looks capable of scoring when he’s on the ball, powering his way past defenders.
Nathan Harness barely put a foot wrong all game and bravely saved at the feet of a Harefield striker bearing down at him after he had beaten the Dunstable off side trap. Nathan is reliable and consistent and goes about his work with customary modesty and humility. I’m not sure he realises just how good he is.
At the end there was a show of mutual appreciation and respect between Tony & Harefield’s Asst Manager / Coach Michael Molokwu which did the rounds in the Twittersphere, both men having been Youth Coaches at QPR together. A fitting finale to what had been a well contested game between two strong teams. We wish Harefield every success for the new season.
On Tuesday evening Dunstable drew against Enfield Borough at Creasey Park. Chris Wreh scoring late in the game to give the Blues a deserved equaliser.
Next up for Dunstable is the visit of Bovingdon FC to Creasey Park on Thursday 26th July (k/o 7 30pm) followed two days later by the visit of Harpenden Town on Saturday 28th July (k/o 3pm) Both matches will be played on the main pitch, and NOT the 3g. Admission is £5 for Adults & Concessions. U 16’s Free.
The next day a Dunstable Town Supporters XI go head to head with the Bedford Royals in a fundraising match, where all proceeds will be split evenly between Dunstable Town & this season’s chosen Charity, which will be released this week.
There is no entry fee for this game, so please come along and support this venture which has been the dream of Dunstable Town fan, Brian Day, who has spent many hours planning and organising this event. There will be a bucket collection so please give whatever you can afford.
Our thanks to Alpha Scientific who have made a generous donation to help with the costs involved in staging this game.
There will be hot and cold refreshments served as normally from the Clubhouse.
We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at these three forthcoming matches.