19th April. AFC Dunstable 5 Holmer Green 1
Playing their last home game of the season, AFC Dunstable put relegation threatened Holmer Green to the sword, as they hit them for 5.
With runners up now a distant hope, AFC boss Steve Heath stated " we have had problems with putting teams away who occupy lowly positions, but hitting Ampthill for six and couple of weeks ago and now Holmer Green for five, we now have to learn for next season"
AFC got off to a dream start, when Brandon Carney did not give up a lost cause, as he chased down a ball going out for a throw in. He swept passed Holmer's right back and put in a super cross. It was too hot for their keeper, as he spilled it and Jermaine Hall was on hand to tap home on 6 minutes.
Having an early lead, surely AFC would now build on that goal, but no, a defensive mix up saw Mark Jamieson equalise 2 minutes later. The home team continued to push forward and Holmer's custodian denied Hall with 2 fine saves. Hall was on hand with 36 minutes on the clock, to scramble home his 2nd.
Half time: AFC Dunstable 2 Holmer Green 1
The 2nd half was mainly one way traffic, as AFC went for the kill. The ever improving Brandon Carney showed unbelievable technique for such a young man, to cushion a header into Leon Cashman's path, who fired home 10 minutes into the half.
With Hall dying to complete his hat trick, he forced Holmer's centre back to lob his keeper from 25 yards to make it 4-1. Injury ended his participation in the game and the icing on the cake was when Brandon Carney got on the end of a Jamie Warne cross to make it 5-1. The visitors were reduced to 10 men nearing the end of the game but AFC could not add to their tally.
Heath said " we now need a point at Sun Sports on Tuesday, which should guarantee 3rd place. I was given the task at the beginning of the season for a top 6 finish and have a decent FA Vase run. Even though 3rd is a great achievement, as the season went on, we were always challenging for the title but we fell just short. Getting to the 3rd Round of the FA Vase was also fantastic, but I still feel we were short changed at Saffron Walden and should have been successful there"
AFC Team: Perks. Bishop. N.Carney. Biggadike. Fryer. Mills. B.Carney. Olaleye (Bufano 70). Cashman. Silvestri. Hall (Warne 74). Subs not used. Porcelli. Langston. Francis.
Scorers: Hall (6 & 36). Cashman (55). OG (71). B.Carney (81)