There are FA cup ties, and there are FA Cup ties, with thrills, spills, controversy, goals, sending offs and of course the full remit of every emotion known to man, ecstasy, pure unbridled delight, anger, sadness and pure unadulterated disappointment.
If you were one of the 20 or so Dunstable Town fans at Steel Park, Corby, yesterday, I’m pretty certain you experienced each of the above. Come ten minutes to five, Corby Town players and fans celebrated the great escape of coming from behind to score three second half goals to send this pulsating tie to a replay at Creasey Park on Tuesday 4th September.
Dunstable Town had surged to a three goal lead at half time thanks to a brace from Chris Wreh and a rocket from Arel Amu. All three goals had the mark of quality about them and be in no doubt, Dunstable were good value for their half time lead.
Ten minutes into the second half and Corby found a lifeline back into the game when Alex Taylor was adjudged to have fouled his man inside the penalty area, with the resulting penalty put away beyond Will Hunt’s reach, by Joel Carta who had only just come on as a second half substitute.
With Dunstable still two goals to the good, Arel Amu showed blistering pace to get to the bye line and sent over a near inch perfect cross for Chris Wreh, almost on the 6 yard line and shaping his body to what would have been his hat trick, only to be foiled by a heroic piece of goalkeeping by Dan George who kept his side in the game, as 30 seconds later with a swift counter attack, Corby had netted a second through Jordan Francis.
Within three minutes the game’s pendulum swung dramatically in Corby’s favour as Alex Taylor received a straight red for a tackle in the middle of the park. Corby, you sensed, had the bit between their teeth and were going to go all out to get an equaliser.
For a further ten minutes Dunstable weathered the storm only for the footballing gods to throw another thunderbolt on 85 minutes when former Blues man, Elliot Sandy headed in for the equaliser.
More drama followed with Will Hunt receiving a straight red card as he was alleged to have caught the ball outside his area. Kieran Ogden, who had a fine game, went in goal for the final five minutes and cooly kept everything out that came his way.
Despite the end result leaving you feeling as if you’ve been beaten there were many positives to take away from the game and our name will be in the hat for this week’s 1st round qualifying matches. There were solid performances all over the park. The striking partnership between Arel Amu, Chris Wreh and Jetmir Esso was potent as their understanding of each other’s games gets better each game. All the boys put in sound shifts and did the Club proud. We can ask no more of them than that.
The replay will be at Creasey Park on Tuesday 4th September, k/o, 7 45 pm. Normal admission prices apply. Before then Dunstable Town are at home to Coleshill Town on Saturday 1st September k/o 3 pm. If it’s goals you’re after then Dunstable Town are the team to watch as our first three games this season have seen 16 goal scored, four of which have been scored by Chris Wreh alone.