Dunstable Town 2-1 Baldock Town
6th August 2019
Written by Patrick MacKay and Pictures by Liam Smith,
Dunstable Town claimed their first three points of the season with an impressive brace from Luke Little, and a resolute performance to keep Baldock Town at bay.
The early stages saw Rio Da Silva particularly instrumental in the centre of the park, showing Dunstable's attacking intent and creating a number of dangerous moments for the Baldock defence. It wasn't until the fifteenth minute that the breakthrough was made, a free header from a corner well saved by Baldock keeper Adam Harper, but he could only palm it into the path of a waiting Little, who gratefully accepted the chance to score his first goal for the Blues.
Little nearly had a second seven minutes later, when a sweeping, fast-paced attack saw him with a chance to shoot from just outside the area, and ultimately the shot was not far wide of the goal.
Dunstable Town were very much in control of the game, with Baldock mostly resorting to shots from distance when they did venture into the attacking third. One exception saw a penalty appeal when Marius Patru went to ground as the attacker cut inside, but the referee was resolute; no penalty.
It wasn't long before Dunstable doubled their lead, with Da Silva again involved, playing a through-ball to Dalitso Chibwe, who saw his shot blocked. However, Chris Stapleton was on hand to spread the ball wide to the incoming Luke Little, who shot accurately into the bottom corner of the goal.
Dunstable started the second half in the same spirit as they had played the first, but the first notable chance of the half came with twenty-five minutes left to play, with Stapleton meeting a free kick to the back post, but he was only able to put it narrowly wide. Stapleton's desire to get on the scoresheet was there for all to see, and it was only six minutes later when he displayed the great athleticism we are growing used to seeing from him, producing a spectacular overhead effort. The fact that it was easily saved is neither here nor there, as the unwillingness to let any opportunity escape untaken will no doubt see him a popular figure at Creasey Park.
With thirteen minutes left on the clock Baldock Town's Alex O'Brien made sure of a nervy finish to the game, placing a free kick from twenty yards into the top corner beyond Mackenzie Taylor's reach.
Baldock went in search of an equaliser, and again O'Brien was the focus of the attack, and with three minutes to play he drove the ball across the face of the goal, but to his frustration, nobody was arriving to turn it in.
Evans Lamboh, Jack Harvey and Davide Pobbe all came on in the closing stages, and their energy boost, along with the workrate of all in blue, saw Dunstable Town see out a well-deserved win.
The FA Cup is next on the agenda, when Chipping Sodbury visit Creasey Park for a 3pm kick-off on Saturday 10th August.