Colney Heath 3 Dunstable Town 0 - Saturday 17th August 2019
On paper this looked like a comfortable win for Colney Heath . In truth mistakes in critical areas cost the Blues dearly, in a game where Colney's more direct style contrasted with Dunstable's passing game.
The Blues gave a debut to the composed Adam Sawyer at left back, with Marius Patru moving to the right back berth, Dan Trif moving up front, and Captain Seb Smith returning to the starting line up.
Early exchanges saw Dunstable on the front foot with an early cross from Adam Sawyer just evading Luke Little coming in at the far post, shortly followed by a long shot from Chris Stapleton, that on this occasion, was wide of the target. It was far from one way traffic, and Mackenzie Taylor pulled off a fine save at his near post when Colney Heath got round the back of the Blues defence.
Persistent probing play from Rio Dasilva threatened to open the Colney defence, but is was an afternoon of what might have been.
An attacking move in the 26th minute from the Blues, was broken up by a speculative long clearance, which saw Chris Blunden keep his nerve to pass the ball beyond Taylor to open the scoring for Colney Heath.
The Blues responded shortly afterwards when Danny Blackman sent a free kick just wide of Colney keeper's Charlie May's post .
Colney doubled their lead in added time at the end of the first half, when the Blues lost possession twice in critical areas and the persistent Spencer Clarke- Mardel forced the ball home.
Turning round two down was always going to be an uphill task, and despite the introduction of Evans Lamboh at half time, the patient build up play saw the Blues only carve out half chances. This was compounded in the 74th minute when John Clemens headed home after the Blues failed to clear the initial corner.
From this point Colney Heath managed the game to its conclusion with only a 30 yard screamer from Marius Patru, that went inches wide, troubling Charlie May in the Colney goal.
So, ultimately a frustrating afternoon, but with enough creative football on display from the Blues to
go into Sunday's home FA cup game against Shortwood United in positive mood.
Team: Taylor, Patru, Zunguzah,(Lamboh 45 mins) Smith, Sawyer, Little, McArthur (Pobbe 74 mins), Blackman, Dasilva (Harvey 61 mins) ,Stapleton, Trif. Subs not used: Bokka, McMullen.