Bedford Town moved through the gears seemingly quite effortlessly at Creasey Park on Saturday to complete the double over Dunstable Town, becoming only the 5th team this season to achieve this. Given the topsy-turvey season Dunstable have experienced this little stat does hint at the way things can go according to plan on the field..and equally, the way things can go wrong on the field.
Impressive wins over Bromsgrove, Corby and Thame, hard fought draws at Peterborough, Cambridge, and last Saturday at Barton, show the ability the Team has when everything clicks. Too often though, game plans are not followed and tactics forgotten when the opposition seek our collective achilles heel, press hard, press high and force individual errors. It’s a situation which has Manager, Gareth Jackson, perplexed and frustrated. His pre-match preparations are extensive, exhaustive & professional. Tactics and drills are rehearsed twice a week on the training pitch & the boys go out at five to three with the Gaffer’s directions and instructions made as straightforward as possible. And then the problems start. Or can start. If you wanted a lesson on how to “do a job” then yesterday was pretty much such an example. Bedford were out of the traps quickly, pressed high and in numbers and barely gave the backline any respite. Outfought in midfield, Dunstable were indebted to Connor Coulson for keeping out the Bedford attack twice before Dan Walker, seized on a through ball, rounded Connor and slipped the ball into the empty net despite skipper Gedeon Okito’s frantic efforts to intercept it. 11 minutes played and the noisy Bedford contingent smelled blood. Again Connor was alert to get down to keep out Leon Lobjoit, but three minutes later Dan Walker got on the end of a cross and Dunstable found themselves two down. Hassan Sheikh received a straight red for headbutting an opponent and for the next hour Dunstable played with 10 men. With Hassan’s dismissal a tall order became a mountain. Two further goals and a hat trick for Dan Walker on 40 minutes had Bedford go in at half time four goals up and Dunstable looking bereft of an answer to the questions posed by the Bedford men in grey. The second half proved to be more of an even contested affair with Dunstable tighter at the back and more competitive in midfield. At half time Chris Wreh, still feeling the effects of his groin strain, was replaced by James Lauder. For half an hour Dunstable looked as though there was some pride and fire in their bellies. Alex Taylor urged the troops on to salvage some pride, Charlie Oddy was again impressive in unfamiliar surroundings. Erin Amu ran his socks off and was replaced late on by Davide Pobbe. A free kick just outside the box was Dunstable’s best chance of the second half but Saul Williams’ shot went over the bar. A fifth Bedford goal with 12 minutes to play scored by James Hall just about summed up a miserable and depressing afternoon for our lads. Having taken Bedford to penalties in the Beds Senior Cup at the Eyrie last Autumn and losing 3 – 1 in December, despite hitting the woodwork twice, many expected a much closer contest yesterday. Dunstable remain in 17th place, while Bedford leapfrogged Didcot to go into 4th position. Next Saturday Dunstable are at home to Yaxley, who are now mathematically safe from relegation following a good win over promotion chasing Coleshill. An intriguing contest is on the cards. Dunstable have a stronger away record, securing just 13 points at home than while the exact opposite is true for Yaxley with just 13 of their 40 points gained on their travels. We need your support and your encouragement to really get behind the lads on Saturday & help us to get what would be a very precious three points. Talking of three points…..the Development Team put in a five star performance yesterday away at Eversley & California, winning 4 -0, the goals coming from Callum Short, Clayton Lauder and a brace from Ehban Nancarrow-Martin. On Thursday the Development Team were again in action this time at Creasey Park, where the faithful die-hard support were treated to a seven goal thriller with the boys succumbing to a late winner for Fleet. The final word this weekend to the fine people at Grovebury Cars in Houghton Regis and Leighton Buzzard who have their names emblazoned on the players’ shirt backs and shorts advertising both Kia and SsanYong cars. Their decision to get behind the Club and act as major sponsors has been hugely welcomed by the Club, and we look forward to working closely with them over the next 18 months. We keep the faith, we stand united as one and we will play to the final whistle of the final game. One Club. One Family. Dunstable Town.