Written by Andrew Madaras,Picture by Liam Smith.
Dunstable Town served up a belated Christmas treat to their fans with a sparkling display of attacking football at Creasey Park on Saturday afternoon against North Leigh, who had secured a vital point in their Boxing Day fixture away from home at Didcot Town. North Leigh had beaten Dunstable on the first day of the season at their picturesque Oxfordshire home demonstrating that there were going to be no easy games this season.
On Saturday Dunstable Town ran out winners by a clear four goal margin and in so doing produced the first clean sheet of the season. Braces from Captain, Arel Amu, and Saul Williams were loudly cheered by Town fans appreciative of all the effort and sacrifices this team of young men make on our behalf week in and week out for the pricely reward of petrol money every Monday.
Into the line up to replace Chris Wreh stepped up 17 year old Marcus Gouldbourne, signed from Stevenage FC on Thursday evening on work experience terms for a month to help bolster attacking options. John Sonuga dropped to the bench and was replaced by Daniel Trif, while James Lauder replaced Erin Amu in midfield.
Dunstable were on the offensive from the off with an Arel Amu effort missing the target by a matter of inches with just a matter of minutes on the clock. However North Leigh survived the early offensive and came back at the Blues with Nathan Harness needing to produce a smart save from a corner on the quarter hour.
As the game settled into a pattern Marcus Gouldbourne nearly celebrated a debut goal on the half hour with a delightful chip come lob which landed on the roof of the net. A minute later the young man was at it again with a lightning fast run in from the right and ball into the box which evaded advancing Blue shirts.
Five minutes later there was a palpable sense of relief as Arel Amu hammered home into the roof of the net to put the Blues one up and put a smile on the faces of supporters. Dunstable doubled the lead two minutes later when Saul Williams cheekily curled a free kick low around the wall leaving North Leigh Keeper Eddie Cavanagh rooted to the spot.
Two became three five minutes after the restart when Saul Williams volleyed home a precision cross from Gedeon Okito who showed great perseverance in getting the ball over from the left- hand side.
Moments earlier James lauder was only denied his first team debut goal by the legs of Eddie Cavanagh who was by far the busier of the two keepers.
Ten minutes later and Dunstable scored their fourth courtesy of an Arel Amu penalty following a foul on Alex Taylor as he wove his way into the box.
An assistant referee’s flag for offside denied Dunstable a fifth towards the end but the biggest cheer of the afternoon was reserved for Marcus Gouldbourne who was replaced on 85 minutes by Ben Collins. Marcus was named Man of the Match by the sponsors for an impressive all- round performance full of skill, trickery and perseverance.
On Boxing Day, Dunstable Town faced ground sharing opponents AFC Dunstable in a 1pm kick off. The attendance of 236 was the season’s highest but AFC played the better football on the day and were worthy winners and regained local bragging rights which the Blues had taken on the August Bank Holiday Monday. Former Blue, BJ Christie proved a handful all afternoon, and despite late goals from Gedeon Okito and Jonny Barnett, it was AFC’s day and promptly removed the Fizz from my Buck’s.
Four days earlier Dunstable Town had travelled back to Cambridgeshire to take on Yaxley in what turned out to be an ill- tempered affair which saw Nathan Harness replaced in goal after half an hour by Charlie Black following a heavy challenge which caused cuts and bleeding to Nathan’s knee. Marius Patru limped off after 10 minutes with hamstring problems, and despite three “worldies” from Charlie Black, Dunstable succumbed to the Cuckoos despite a brave and battling performance and the desire to play attractive football.
Simon & Colin’s Development Team sit in second place in the Suburban League, one point off leaders, Westfield, but with a game in hand over the Woking based outfit. They play away at AFC Hayes in a cup match on Saturday 5th January. If you’re in the area around Heathrow on Saturday at 3 pm please pop along and give the boys a cheer.
The First team return to League action on New Year’s Day, Tuesday away at Welwyn Garden City, kick off 3pm, before returning to Creasey Park on Saturday 5th January to take on Sutton Coldfield, kick off 3pm.
Off the field the Club is pleased to announce that Tim Welch has taken on the job of boosting sales of the 100 Club. This is a vital income stream for the Club as it only goes towards paying the players’ wages and is not spent on anything else. We would urge all of you, if you’ve not already done so, to sign up please and support Tony & the lads. Tim landed his
first sale on Saturday & we’d love to hear from anyone else who has a couple of hours spare a week to try and sell a few numbers. With Tony, Gareth, Simon & Colin and all the players doing their bit for the Club on the pitch it’s time that we, as supporters double our efforts to get things right off the park and provide the Managers of both sections with the finance and resources to carry on the tasks they have set themselves in rebuilding and remodelling the Club into a sustainable, pathway football club.
For extended highlights of Saturdays match, please follow the link below.
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