15th November - AFC Dunstable 1 Farnborough 3
If AFC could have taken their chances tonight, the result might have had a different outcome. Again the motorway network around Dunstable, meant the KO would be delayed until 8.15pm, as the Farnborough players had to endure a nightmare journey.
The home team went ahead after only 7 minutes, when a well worked corner saw Bill Morgan score from close range. It seemed the OD's were coming to terms with playing a team going all out for promotion. Five minutes later though that would change, when a huge slice of luck presented Dennis Oli to draw Farnborough level.
Half time. AFC Dunstable 1 Farnborough 1
Buoyed by the way they competed in the 1st half, the home team pushed back the visitors and nearly went back in front. BJ Christie got behind their back line but his usual composure was not evident, as he sliced his shot wide on 52 minutes. Up the other end a strike from Nic Cardini saw Perks make a low save. From the resulting corner AFC had to work hard to clear the danger.
The game was now being played at a fierce pace and it was AFC's turn to have the next chance. Good work by Christie saw him set up an unmarked Brandon Carney at the far post. It seemed all the had to do was slot the ball home from 5 yards but somehow mis-kicked and the chance was gone.
AFC would suffer for that miss as within 60 seconds Farnborough took the lead. Keith Emmerson latched onto a clearance and finished coolly.
Back came AFC and when Ollie Treacher cleared off the line with 67 minutes on the clock. Was it not going to be AFC's night? This was to be the case as from that clearance, Farnborough extended their lead. A Cardini cross shot was parried out by Perks but Perry Coles was on hand to tap home.
With 18 minutes left on the clock, AFC went all out to try and get something from the game. Getting the out wide another chance fell to Jermaine Hall but this time Sam Pearce headed off the line. The home team continued to press as the visitors worked hard to keep them at bay but it was becoming apparent that Farnborough were going to hold out for the 3 points.
AFC boss Steve Heath said after the game "with playing Farnborough tonight and Royston 2 weeks ago, we have pushed both teams all the way. We just have to be more clinical when our chances come and that cost us tonight. It showed with their 2nd and 3rd goals, that when chances come along they took them. Saying that though, the lads worked extremely hard and I thought matched Farnborough all over the pitch. In the end, the ball would just not drop for us in their box in the latter stages of the game, it was just not our night"
Team: Perks. Massay. Murphy. Morgan. Griffiths. N.Carney. B.Carney. Olaleye. Christie. Humbert (Mannion 69). Hall. Subs not used. Byron. Hankins. Silvestri, Cashman.
Scorer: Morgan (7)