21st February. AFC Dunstable 2 Biggleswade United 0
With leaders Kings Langley's game being called off, AFC finally broke the hoodoo, of winning a match to take them to the top of the league.
It was a big day for the visitors, as they gave a debut to ex Chelsea and Espanyol midfielder Enrique De Lucas who recently signed for Biggleswade. The man who brought the ex pro to their club, Sky Sports Guillem Balague in his capacity as their Director of Football, was also in attendance.
AFC welcomed back Moses Olaleye after serving his 4 match ban. Steve Heath slightly tweaked his starting line up after the midweek draw with Tring Athletic. With Jonathan Cooper becoming a father for the first time, he had parental jobs in hand to carry out so was unavailble. Heath had the chance to balance up the midfield, as he put James Bishop at right back and moved Wayne Mills into midfield.
De Lucas showed off some flashes early on in the game, as he picked out a couple of decent passes. The first half was pretty much forgetable, as chances were very rare. The visitors keeper Grant Beckwith was called into action, to keep out a Chris Francis effort. Then a Jamie Warne shot only found the side netting.
Half Time. AFC Dunstable 0 Biggleswade United 0
The start of the 2nd period burst into life within 30 seconds. Warne was found by Olaleye and with the ball at his feet, he unleashed an unstoppable strike that gave Beckwith no chance. AFC were now taking a hold of the game, putting pressure on the visitors goal. Grant Fryer had a gilt edged chance to make it 2-0 on 62 minutes but he could not get his far post header on target. He made amends 8 minutes later when AFC were awarded a free kick. Up stepped Newman Carney who put in a dangerous ball and Fryer was first to the ball to stab home.
The dangerous forwards of Biggleswade were now feeding on scraps, as the AFC defence kept them in check. Fryer then had another chance with a diving header. He was thwarted by a fantastic save by Beckwith. The home team were now comfortable, as they saw out the remaining stages of the game and complete the double over the visitors.
AFC boss Steve Heath commented "with all the hype surrounding Biggleswade's new Spanish signing making his debut, we just had to keep focused on what we had to deliver. Also we are getting a bit preoccupied with where Kings Langley are at and doing a disservice to the other clubs in the title chase. I have told the players we have just got to concentrate on ourselves and the league table never lies when it is all over in May"
AFC Team: Perks. Bishop. Carney. Fryer. Cashman. Mills. Warne. Bufano (Silvestri 77). Hall (Campbell 83). Olaleye. Francis (Simpson 68). Sub not used. Langston
Scorers: Warne (46). Fryer (70)
Crime Count. Fryer & Bishop (both yellow's)