28th January - Aylesbury United 0 AFC Dunstable 5
The visitors returned to a play off place, with this resounding victory over 9th placed Aylesbury United. The Ducks had been on a decent run in the league, which has seen them move up the table, so AFC knew this was not going to be a walk in the park, as the scoreline suggests.
As in the OD's last outing, they took the lead very early in the game. Just over a minute had lapsed, when a fine pass from Nathan Frater picked out BJ Christie wide on the left. A swift cross by Christie picked out Jermaine Hall who volleyed home from close range.
Hall should had doubled his tally 18 minutes in, when he only had to round the on coming Ducks keeper Zaki Oualah. Instead he tried to lift the ball over Oualah but put his effort wide. AFC continued to press and from a Newman Carney corner, Josh Humbert's powerful header struck the home sides crossbar.
It looked like AFC might rue these missed chances, as Aylesbury nearly drew level on 28 minutes. A fine move resulted in a shot at Garry Malone's goal but Lea Coulter missed the target.
Again AFC were still testing the Ducks backline and when Frater set up Christie, his attempt was blocked and the ball looped over the bar with 11 minutes left in the half.
On 41 minutes the visitors made it 2-0. Skipper Leon Cashman broke clear from midfield. He released Frater out wide on the right. The AFC striker cut in to get his shot away. Oualah saved well but the ball fell to Cashman who slipped the ball home.
It was looking like AFC would take a 2 goal lead into the break but the Ducks came close to reducing the arrears. A Coulter shot struck Malone's upright and Carney cleared the ball.
Half time. Aylesbury United 0 AFC Dunstable 2
With the hosts knowing they would have to up their game, they changed their tactics and started to be more direct. Just over the hour had surpassed, when they struck the post again through Ollie Hogg.
it was looking like AFC would have be on their guard. That all changed though on 71 minutes. A Carney corner eluded everyone in the box and found Hall at the far post, to knock in his 21st league goal of the season.
It now looked like the 3 points were safe. Yet again Hogg had another chance to put his name on the scoresheet for the home side. He missed the target though.
Fair play to Aylesbury they continued to look for a consolation but in the meantime were open to the counter attack. They were caught out when Christie robbed Jake Bewley on the half way line, rounded Oualah to score his 17th league goal this term.
The scoring was not finished, when sub Courtney Massay smashed in AFC's 5th in added on time.
AFC team: Malone. Bishop. N.Carney. Morgan. Griffiths. Byron. Hall (Massay 80). Cashman (Olaleye 64). Christie. Humbert. Frater (B.Carney 84). Sub not used. Murphy.
Scorers: Hall (2, 71). Cashman (41). Christie (89). Massay (90+2)