AFC Dunstable 2 Hemel Hempstead Town 3 (Pre season friendly)
A goal deep into added on time, denied AFC from recording a fine result against illustrious opponents from the National South League.
After the lack lustre performance against Hitchin Town, the OD's were on their game for the full 90 minutes and pushed the Tudors all the way. The decent crowd in attendance may have thought that Hemel were going to run away with the game when they opened the scoring after only 8 minutes. The same scenario happened on Saturday with an early goal, but instead of feeling sorry for themselves, the home team buckled down and put in a fine display.
With the game being a good work out for both teams, AFC drew level on the half hour when new signing Adiel Mannion broke clear and finished with aplomb. This gave the OD's confidence and were matching Hemel all over the pitch. They fell for the sucker punch though, as the visitors drew blood again to take the lead just before the break.
Half time. AFC Dunstable 1 Hemel Hempstead Town 2
AFC boss Steve Heath made 3 changes at the break but still his team competed well. It was soon all level again when BJ Christie rifled home on 55 minutes. With AFC pushing forward they nearly took the lead when Jermaine Hall rattled the bar. Then Hemel's keeper made a great save to keep out AFC.
With Heath making more and more changes, it would seem AFC cohesion might falter, but no. AFC keeper Ricky Perks was then called into action on a couple of occasions to pull off two great saves before he was replaced.
With AFC pushing for the winner in the dying embers of the game, they lost possession on the edge of the Tudors box and they broke with pace and secured the winner late on.
Heath responded after the game saying " I thought the lads were much better tonight and deserved something from the game. I used 8 subs as I wanted to look at all the players. It may have backfired slightly at the end when they scored but the main objective to have a tough game and come through it challenging all night was realised.