10th February. Leverstock Green 1 AFC Dunstable 4
A combination of great goalkeeping by Leverstock Green's keeper Jordon I'Anson in the 1st half and a burst of goals in a 10 minute period in the 2nd half, saw AFC pick up a deserved 3 points. With many of the top half teams in action on the night, St Margaretsbury, London Colney and Hertford Town all dropped 2 points each but the main result though did not go AFC's way, as leaders Kings Langley ground out a 1-0 win over mid table Hadley.
Two changes were made from Saturday's draw as Wayne Mills replaced George Biggadike at right back and Jamie Head came in for Louis Porcelli in goal. Right from the kick off the visitors were on the front foot as they dominated the early stages. They could have been a couple of goals to the good even before the home side ventured into AFC's territory. A far post header from Fabio Bufano cleared the crossbar, then Chris Francis had the chance get on the score sheet but I'Anson denied him twice. Next up he kept out Jermaine Hall as he had a one on one.
It look like AFC would rue these missed chances, as the home side started to see more of the ball on the break and came close with a strike at goal. Then they had a good shout for a penalty which was waved away. AFC finally took the lead on on 36 minutes, when a looping Grant Fryer header deceived I'Anson and found the top corner. On the stroke of half time Francis had another chance to double the AFC lead but again that man I'Anson denied him.
Half time: Leverstock Green 0 AFC Dunstable 1
Looking to keep on the front foot, the home team drew level. A throw in back to keeper Jamie Head seemed to catch him unawares. His clearance went straight to Louis Bircham who joyful found an empty net to score. To say Leverstock scored against the run of play is an understatement but the old adage, if you don't take your chances, came into play.
This goal buoyed the hosts but to be fair to AFC went looking for a 2nd. When Jonathan Cooper was tripped on the edge of the box, it was the chance for Newman Carney to deliver one of his trademark free kicks, which gave the visitors the lead on 65 minutes. Within 4 minutes Fryer had extended the lead with a strike from the edge of the box. AFC were now well on top and when Francis escaped his marker, he crossed for Hall to score his 23rd goal of the season on 75 minutes.
The game was now won as AFC saw out the final 15 minutes. A pleased AFC boss Steve Heath said " I thought with all the chances we were not taking early doors might come back and haunt us. In a way they did, as they drew level but the lads showed grit and we came out easy winners in the end"
Team: Head. Mills. Carney. Fryer. Cashman. Griffith (Simpson 84). Cooper (Warne 79). Bufano (Silvestri 86). Hall. Bishop. Francis. Subs not used. Biggadike. Porcelli
Scorers: Fryer (36, 69). Carney (65). Hall (75)
Crime Count. Cooper. Fryer (both yellows)