AFC Hayes 3-1 Dunstable Town
31st August 2019
Written by Patrick MacKay and Picture by Liam smith.
A fiery, aggressive game saw Dunstable Town eliminated from the FA Vase on Saturday, despite Luke Little giving his side the lead within the first minute.
An early cross was whipped into the box, and the Hayes defender headed straight into the path of Little, who coolly finished from eight yards out.
The early goal didn't quite set the tone for the game though, as AFC Hayes responded well to going behind, attacking particularly down the left, but Davide Pobbe and Dalitso Chibwe were supplementing their defence well, and ensured the endeavours of the hosts were fruitless.
With ten minutes played, a Little header saw Chris Stapleton set through on goal, and with the angle narrowing, he was only able to get a dangerous ball across the face of goal, with nobody able to get a decisive touch on it.
Still, Hayes had their share of the possession and territory, but didn't test Mackenzie Taylor in the Dunstable goal until the eighteenth minute, when they were able to break with three men against two, an attack resulting in Taylor getting a strong hand to a firm shot from the edge of the area.
It was just short of the half hour when Taylor was left with no chance as a Hayes cross was deflected into his own net by captain Seb Smith, at a time in the game when Dunstable were looking to extend their lead, as Hayes were temporarily down to ten men, having had a man sin-binned.
Ten minutes later, Hayes were close to taking the lead after good wing-play on the left saw a pinpoint cross sent into the box, which was volleyed just over the bar.
The second half saw early chances for both team, Taylor denying the host with a fine save from a tight angle, and a Dunstable free kick producing some pinball in the box before going narrowly wide of the goal.
Some niggly fouls by the hosts were breaking up the play, and the referee wasn't firm enough with these incidents, Jack Harvey hit the bar and was then taken down from behind in the penalty area, a free kick was awarded to AFC Hayes.
With twenty-five minutes left to play, Marius Patru was trying to allow the ball to run through to goalkeeper Taylor, but the Hayes number 11 showed a real turn of pace and Taylor had to act fast, and in doing so, took the attacker down; Penalty to Hayes. To the relief of all travelling Dunstable fans, the resulting penalty was fired well over the crossbar.
The final ten minutes saw Hayes score twice more, the second of which was a contentious free kick in added time, to end a frustrating afternoon for the Blues. Saturday 7th September we take on Bishops stortford in the first round qualifying FA cup kick off 15.00 at Creasey Park.