Dunstable Town gave debuts yesterday to goalkeeper Fred Burbidge, signed on dual registration terms with Borehamwood and to Kyle Lincoln, who played with such distinction that in days long gone, when there was still a Dunstable Town fans forum, I agonised long and hard whether Kyle was going to get my vote for Player of the Year, or whether it would go to Jonny Barnett or inspirational captain at the time, Graham Buchanan.
Kyle re-signed for the Blues on Thursday evening after impressing management duo, Tony McCool & Gareth Jackson, playing for Crawley Green in a pre-season friendly at Creasey Park.
Fred was named as back up goalkeeper for Borehamwood in their National League Play Off final at Wembley against Tranmere Rovers in May this year and has had first team experience in the Herts Senior Cup against Stevenage proving to be the hero of the hour making a vital save in the penalty shoot out.
Both players made their way into the starting line up for the Blues away fixture at bottom of the table Kidlington, themselves without either a win or a goal in League action this season.
Having beaten higher ranked close neighbours, Banbury Utd 2 – 0 in a pre-season friendly, securing another win away at Fleet Town and losing by only one goal to Kings Langley, Kidlington players, management, supporters and officials can be forgiven for wondering how many black cats they’d crossed as the start of the season saw them ship 16 goals in the first two games of the season.
Although their defence has tightened things up at the back recently there were three new signings on display on Saturday including highly rated Brad Singh on loan from Kidderminster Harriers.
There was an impeccably observed minutes silence to commemorate the life of former Kidlington Youth Team player, 19 year old Aidan Sollis. The thoughts of everyone at Dunstable Town were with our football family colleagues at Kidlington and with Aidan’s family and friends.
There was a sparsely populated attendance of 44, which included 15 Dunstable supporters, on a day of persistent rain and an autumn temperature doing it’s best to pretend it was already winter.
The conditions dictated that this was always going to be a day when silky skills would be second place to “getting the job done” football & thus it turned out to be. Dunstable ultimately won thanks to an all round professional performance by the players, who having picked themselves up after last Saturday’s game against Aylesbury, put in a solid and grafting performance.
The game saw Arel Amu bag his first hat-trick for the Blues. An achievement which had fans scratching their heads trying to recall who, and when, was the last Dunstable player to score a hat trick in a competitive fixture. Answers on a postcard please.
Arel took his chances yesterday with confidence and aplomb and deserved the proverbial match ball for his overall performance yesterday. His brother, Erin, despite not being on the scoresheet also produced an eye- catching performance as did his midfield colleague, Ethan Lamptey. However, truth be told, all 14 players who played were stars yesterday, and the whole team deserve nothing but praise and credit.
So, here are some stats to brighten up your day. In all competitive matches this season, if you’ve watched every Dunstable Town game, you will have seen a goal, on average, every 16 minutes. We are equal second highest in terms of goals scored in the League this season, with 15 goals from 6 matches, and sit 4th out of 20 in the current “Away Form” league table.