6th December. Saffron Walden Town 1 AFC Dunstable 0 (FA Vase 3rd Round)

AFC crashed out of the FA Vase in front of a crowd of 442 but felt at least they should have gained a replay, as they dominated the ball for long periods but had no luck in front of goal.

They went into the game without both top goalscorers Jermaine Hall and Jimmy Hartley and the defence had to be rejigged, as George Biggadike was unavailable. Leon Simpson is still on the sidelines with a leg injury.

The game was touch and go if it would go ahead. Frost had taken hold of one side of the pitch due to the stand blocking out the sun. The pitch which was very poor, inhibited the AFC passing game and they had to be content with the long ball in periods of the game, as in the 2nd half, the frosty part of the pitch had frozen.

The tie was very tight and the home side took the lead on 16 minutes. Ricky Perks in the AFC goal cleared the ball but unfortunately it hit Graeme Turner and the kind rebound fell to Shaun Avis, who gleefully put the ball into an empty night.

With only getting a report back from the management team, this report will be only about AFC's game. Moses Olaleye had a good strike at goal on 22 minutes but Eloydi Croll made a smart save. Jonathan Cooper also had an effort that struck the crossbar

Half time: Saffron Walden Town 1 AFC Dunstable 0

AFC continued their possession of the ball after the break. With the conditions getting worse, AFC still created chances. With 20 minutes remaining, Chris Francis had a great chance. Then what looked like a penalty as Jamie Warne was brought down, the referee waved play on. It was not going to be AFC's day as a Leon Cashman header hit Cooper on its way to goal.

So AFC's great FA Vase run comes to an end, so onto next season to go further.

Before the game, both sets of players lined up for The FA's Football Remembers. It was to commemorate the 1914 Christmas Truce.

 

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