Stalemate in Local Derby....

25th July 2019

Dunstable Town 4-4 Leighton Town, Written by Patrick Mackay and pictures by Chris White (Cupcake 99 Football Photography).

Dunstable Towns final home game of the pre-season saw Leighton Town make the short trip to Creasey Park, and play out an entertaining game which saw both teams coming from behind to lead, but ultimate ended in a draw. Chances were forged for both sides early on, the best of which were headers, with Chris Stapleton unable to get clean enough contact for the Blues, and Leighton Town heading a dangerous free-kick wide. With quarter of an hour on the clock Leighton Town were awarded a penalty after a late challenge on the edge of the box. But the chance was squandered, with Mackenzie Taylor saving well with his feet. Five minutes later the visitors were punished when Chris Stapleton gave Dunstable fans more reason to be optimistic for the coming season, with an unstoppable header into the bottom right corner of the net. Dunstable then looked to extend the advantage, when Seb Smith sent a long ball out wide to Stapleton, who coolly turned his man and cut back to Rio Da Silva, who thundered a shot against the bar. After a drinks break, due to the hot weather, Leighton Town turned the game on its head with two goals in six minutes. The first saw a free-kick into a dangerous area ricochet past Taylor in the Dunstable goal, the second saw the Leighton Town attacker round the keeper to slot home. But Dunstable again showed they would not wilt under the pressure of going behind, and were level five minutes before the break when Kelvin Osei-Addo was put through with plenty of time and space to pick his spot and fire past the outrushing goalkeeper. In the second half it was Osei-Addo who turned provider, when he held the ball up well, waiting for the right option, which turned out to be Da Silva, who this time calmly slotted the ball into the bottom corner. On the hour, Leighton Town made several substitutions, and started to press for an equaliser, with one volleyed effort so far off target that perhaps the visitors found the ball on their return to Leighton Buzzard. But two goals in four minutes saw the game again turned on its head, with a cool side-footed drive into the bottom corner, and a header from a corner giving Leighton the lead. But, perhaps predictably, it was that man Chris Stapleton who had the last word. With twelve minutes left to play, a deep cross looked to have too much pace on it, when Stapleton hurled himself towards it, and with the cleanest of contact, headed the ball beyond the goalkeeper. An entertaining game, plenty of goals, and plenty of reasons to look forward to the season ahead, which starts on August 3rd, when our visitors will be Broadfields United.

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