8th November. Colney Heath 1 AFC Dunstable 1
In a game that AFC Dunstable dominated for long periods, the last 15 minutes could have seen them drop all 3 points as debutant keeper Ricky Perks denied his old club with 2 excellent saves late on.
Perks, who moved from Colney Heath to AFC Dunstable in the week, was mainly a spectator in the 1st half, as he only touched the ball twice, once to remove from the back of the net and a weak effort which he fielded quite comfortably.
The visitors started the game strongly, as Leon Simpson had a header that just cleared the cross bar and a Fabio Bufano sweet strike was saved by Tom Blackman. AFC fell for the sucker punch when Colney Heath had their first attack and scored from a wicked deflection on 15 minutes. Blackman was the busier keeper, as he had to tip over twice from Leon Cashman then had to make a smart save from Jamie Warne.
Half time: Colney Heath 1 AFC Dunstable 0
The opening exchanges of the 2nd half was pretty much the same as the 1st and finally AFC deservedly drew level, when Simpson's turn and shot took a deflection and found the bottom corner on the hour. The visitors continued to probe and Chris Francis drew a good save from Blackman. AFC boss Steve Heath decided to go for the win and threw on wide men Jimmy Hartley and Taishan Griffiths. Hartley made an instant impact as he tormented the Colney back four and created a couple of half chances. With AFC flying forward, they left gaps at the back and the hosts started to take advantage. This is when Perks was called into action to keep the scores level.
AFC finally thought they got the breakthrough, when from a Newman Carney corner the ball was flicked home by Francis but the Assistant Referee deemed he had fouled Blackman.
Heath said after the game " in my management career, I have never won here and it was no different today but I thought we probably just shaded it on chances. I had to go for the 3 points and as the two lads I put on are superb attacking players, I knew it would leave gaps in midfield and Colney nearly took advantage of this. I am hoping to have our top scorer Jermaine Hall back next week. He has missed the last 11 games which is a massive loss, as he started the season on fire with 12 goals in 13 starts and any team would miss that strike rate" he continued " it shows, as Jermaine is still in the leading scorers charts and only 4 behind the leading scorer"
AFC Team: Perks. Mills. Carney. Biggadike. Cashman. Warne (Griffiths 72). Bishop (Hartley 72). Olaleye. Francis. Bufano. Simpson. Subs not used. Campbell. Harvey. Porcelli.
Goalscorer: Simpson (60)