Dunstable Town 1-1 Ampthill Town July 10th 2019 19:30, Written by Patrick MacKay and Picture By Chris White (Cupcake 99 Football photography) After an impressive start to pre-season for Gareth Jackson's Blues, a much-changed line-up was to face a stern test in the form of Ampthill Town. This was to become clear very early on, when Ampthill broke down the left, and a cutback was put over the bar, much to the relief of all in blue. Both sides would go on to miss further early chances, most notably when a Dunstable Town free kick struck the post, before Ampthill Town took the lead on 12 minutes. The early goal woke the blues up, and they began to look dangerous down the right, with Chris Stapleton a regular focal point, but the next big chance was to fall to the visitors, in the 20th minute. Dunstable's defence failed to cut out a cross from the right, but this time it was Ampthill's turn to be denied by the upright. This was followed by more chances before the break, with a back heel prompting a lovely move down the left, the Dunstable keeper producing a fine double save to deny Ampthill. Dunstable Town looked a more potent attacking threat in the second half, Davide Pobbe swivelling to volley from 12 yards, and Rio DaSilva firing a free kick at goal; both well saved by the Ampthill keeper. The pressure Dunstable were applying was nearly for nothing when a stray backpass allowed an Ampthill attacker in on goal, but again, Mackenzie Taylor saved well, this time with his legs. With that wake-up call in mind, Dunstable got themselves back on the front foot, Chris Stapleton driving at the Ampthill defence, and winning a free kick in a dangerous position, which was fired narrowly over the bar. With a quarter of an hour left to play, the home crowd got what they wanted when Rio DaSilva, in only his second appearance after returning from 7 months out, jinked past a defender and shot low into the bottom left corner. And that's why the fans sing his name. Having got themselves back on level terms, Dunstable applied more pressure, with Ben Collins showing a burst of pace down the right before putting a dangerous ball into the box, with nobody there to capitalise on it. All things considered, a draw seems about right for what was a competitive and hard-fought match.