18th August - Holmer Green 0 AFC Dunstable 7
AFC Dunstable turned on the style at Watchet Lane, as they recorded their biggest ever win in the Premier Division, as they hit Holmer Green for 7.
Well and truly back in the AFC fold, BJ Christie helped himself to 4 goals, with Taishan Griffith, Jermaine Hall and Brandon Carney chipping in with one a piece. A happy AFC boss Steve Heath glowed about Christie saying " that is what we missed last season, someone who is lethal in front of goal and is in the right place at the right time. I am excited with the partnership he will forge with Jermaine Hall"
Heath made some changes from Saturday with Ricky Perks returning in goal now his 3 game suspension is complete. He rested Terry Griffiths, Billy Baird and Dale Turney, so Fabio Bufano started alongside Leon Cashman, Jonathan Cooper made his first start of the season and Brandon Carney was recalled.
The game was a pretty even affair for the first 20 minutes. Holmer then shot themselves in the foot, when their number 11 Nick Robinson decided to kick out at Christie and received a straight red card. This freed up area's around the pitch and AFC started to take advantage. On the half hour Roy Byronn released Christie and he finished cooly. It should have been 2-0 soon afterwards but Brandon Carney's shot was well saved. It was looking that the visitors would have to be happy with 1-0 at the break. That was soon to change as Griffith went on a mazy run down the right wing, cut inside a fired a low strike into the net.
Half time: Holmer Green 0 AFC Dunstable 2
With the home side hoping to tighten up and deny AFC space, it all changed within one minute of the re start. A sweet move resulted in Hall striking the bar from 3 yards out but Christie was on hand to put away the rebound. Hall was not to be denied though, as a lovely piece of play by Byron and Carney (B), set him up to make it 4-0.
On 65 minutes, it was great to see Danny Ryan introduced after a 18 month lay off through injury. He eventually took the captains armband later in the game.
It was now all one way traffic as AFC pulled the strings all over the park. On 70 minutes it was 5-0. Hall and Griffith linked well to set up Christie's hat trick. Looking to improve their goal difference, from a Newman Carney corner, he found his brother unmarked in the Holmer Green 6 yard box and he slotted home for number 6. There was still time for Christie to move to the top the goalscorers chart, as he grabbed his 4th and 6th of the season.
Team: Perks. Massay. Carney (N). Bufano. Cashman. Griffith. Carney (B). Byron. Christie. Cooper. Hall. Subs used. Jones. Ryan. Subs not used. Turney. Griffiths. Mallone (GK)
Scorers: Christie (30,61,70,90). Griffith (45). Hall (46). B. Carney (88)