18th October. Stotfold 1 AFC Dunstable 2
After the disappointment of Wednesday night, AFC put in a much more determined effort to push up 2 places into 5th and keep in touch with the leaders in the league.
With players slowly coming back from injury, top scorer Jermaine Hall was close but manager Steve Heath decided to leave him on the bench. Louis Porcelli returned between the sticks and Leon Cashman also started. The game was always going to be tough and the blustery conditions did not help and the Stotfold pitch looked great from a distance but it had some hidden demons in it.
AFC had the better of the opening exchanges, as a long range Jamie Warne strike was just off target. The visitors opener had a large slice of luck attached to it. From a James Bishop corner, Stotfold's keeper seemed to have plucked the ball out of the air but as he landed, he dropped the ball and Jimmy Hartley gratefully put AFC in front on 12 minutes.
Stotfold were soon level, as Fabio Bufano and Porcelli communication skills were non existent and Aaron Browne nipped in to finish well. As the game went from end to end, from another corner, Stotfold failed to clear their lines and Cashman rifled home the ball with half time looming.
Half time: Stotfold 1 AFC Dunstable 2
With the wind having the better of the game, the 2nd half was a battle against it for both sides. AFC had a couple of decent chances that fell to Chris Francis and Cashman to extend their lead and up the other end the home team could not break through the AFC defence, as Porcelli was undisturbed.
So a 3 welcome points and AFC Manager Steve Heath was a bit more pleased with the performance " Wednesday was a dire night for me, so I was looking for a better attitude and commitment today and that is what I got. The players worked a lot harder in poor conditions and I think we deserved the 3 points"
AFC Team: Porcelli. Bishop. Carney. Biggadike. Bufano. Warne (Griffith 65). Hartley. Olaleye. Simpson (Smith 78). Francis. Cashman. Subs not used: Hall, Mills, Maci.
Scorers: Hartley (12). Cashman (39)