Written by Andrew Madaras Pictures by Chris White.
To commemorate the bravery and sacrifices of the nation’s fallen and wounded soldiers, Dunstable Town’s Club Photographer, Chris White, organised a delivery of shirts with the name of a local soldier on the back with the words Lest We Forget underneath the player’s number. The FA’s rules on advertising prevented the players wearing them during the game against Aylesbury Utd, but the players wore them during the warm up and during the minute’s silence which saw players from both sides gather in solidarity around the centre circle with members of the Air Cadets & British Legion proudly leading the players out from the tunnel.
The sale of the shirts has raised valuable income for The Royal British Legion, Help For Heroes & The Royal Air Force Association in Dunstable. A word of thanks to our kit suppliers, Macron, who manufactured the shirts at a discounted price in order that the charities could earn extra income.
Tony & Gareth’s injury ravaged squad was boosted by the morning signings of Development Team starlets, Sam Afolabi & Bay Fasida, who both went straight into the matchday squad. On Thursday night the Development Team had turned in a stunning performance to beat Abbey Rangers 4 -2 with a brace from Ehban Nancarrow-Martin and Charlie Black. Neither was available for selection for Saturday’s game, but Sam & Bay were, and in keeping with his philosophy for the Club about being a pathway club, Tony promoted Sam & Bay, who joined Rio Dasilva and James Lauder in making the step up from the Development Team this season.
There was no better representative of that pathway philosophy than Peter Kioso, who returned to Creasey Park on Saturday to watch his brother, Gedeon, and former team mates take on The Ducks. Peter’s rising star in the non -league world has been watched with interest and no doubt more than just a little bit of pride by the Creasey Park faithful. His performances at Hartlepool have won him praise and accolades and even his own song with his devoted fans in the North East.
Peter spoke to camera as did many others on Saturday, to assist the Club in promoting it’s activities by way of a short film which we hope will be finished by the end of the month.
We also welcomed as our guest for the day, Hayley Coomber, who is Head of Fundraising for Mind BLMK and has offered the Club incredible support and guidance this season as we have attempted to highlight the work that Mind do in raising awareness of mental health problems and attempting to reduce the stigma which still too often accompanies it.
Our two work experience volunteers, Bradley & Jon, organised a bucket collection which raised £76 for Mind BLMK. Thank you all for your generosity.
Joe Mead returned from suspension, but Alex Taylor’s injury left him supporting the team from the sidelines. Kyle Lincoln was named on the sub’s bench, but otherwise Tony & Gareth named an unchanged team with hopes that the momentum from last Saturday’s thrilling 3 – 1 triumph away at Kempston could be carried on home ground.
Things unfortunately didn’t go to plan. In the 6th minute a lucky rebound presented Aylesbury striker Aaron Berry with the chance to side foot the ball into an empty net to put the away side one up.
With Dunstable’s play makers being closed down and the middle of the park looking congested, the Blues were struggling to get a foothold in the game and get their pass and move game properly into gear.
Daniel Trif scored a sensational equaliser on 55 minutes, seizing on an inch perfect through ball from James Lauder to even things up and minutes later Chris Wreh looked certain to put the Blues ahead but was thwarted at the last by some brave goalkeeping from Archie Davis.
This period after the equaliser was the Blues best of the game. A deceptively curled free kick from Hassan Sheikh was narrowly over and minutes later a pile driver from Chris Wreh was blocked and went out for a corner.
The highest league crowd of the season of 158 started to find their voices and began to urge on the Blues to find a second goal. Kyle Lincoln came on to replace James Lauder, Erin Amu was replaced by Rio Dasilva, and Sam Afolabi replaced Chris Wreh. Still the Blues pressed but to no avail. The ebb and flow of the game continued and Dunstable started to come under the cosh. Sustained pressure from the Ducks resulted in a series of chances with James Connell producing some more good saves. Connell however was powerless though to keep out a shot from Greg Williams in the 82nd minute which wrapped up the 3 points for the visitors.
Our next two games are away from home, with trips to Didcot and Bedford on the 17th and 24th November respectively.
These are then followed by two consecutive home games against Barton Rovers and Thame Utd respectively on the 1st and 8th December. In between then and now, Community Engagement Officer, Pete Burrows will be back in the Quadrant Shopping Centre with the DTFC stall ready for a bit of banter and a chat so if you’re passing please stop and say hello and have a look at some of the leaflets we have about the Club.
One Club. One Family. Dunstable Town.