20th October - AFC Dunstable 2 Beaconsfield Town 2
Friday night football came to Creasey Park and the way AFC opened the game, any neutral would have not denied them a 3 goal lead within the first 20 minutes. Of course games are not settled so early, but a comfortable lead would have been a massive advantage and to be fair to Beaconsfield fought back to take a lead.
In what was a cracking game of football, it was AFC who took the lead on 11 minutes. A free kick was placed into the Rams box and Jermaine Hall got his head to it, as the ball crossed the line.
Two minutes later a fine run by Nathan Frater saw him get his shot away. Jamie Norris in the visitors goal got down well to save. Chances were now free flowing and when the next fell to BJ Christie, his shot missed the target.
It was now the case if AFC would rue these missed chances. They still had time to create another as Hall came close.
Beaconsfield were now sensing they were still in the game, as only 1-0. Then on the half hour they drew level. Good work out wide by Spencer Bellotti found Lewis Putman at the far post to finish coolly.
Back in the game, the spirits of the Rams rose. They started to see more of the ball and were alot more dangerous. The game was now growing, as both teams showed great desire.
Half Time: AFC Dunstable 1 Beaconsfield Town 1
If the 1st half was a cracker, the 2nd period even surpassed it. Both sets of players went all out to provide a more entertainment.
It looked like AFC would be punished for the missed chances in the 1st half when the visitors took the lead. A through ball was misjudged by AFC keeper Jamie Head and a penalty was awarded. Putman made no mistake from the spot.
Back came the hosts on the hour, when a neat move was finished off by Frater. Not looking to settle for a share of the spoils, both teams continued to press. AFC were creating the more clear cut chances, but the visitors were extremely dangerous on the break to the extent they nearly pinched all three points with the last kick of the game. The AFC defence had to be on their guard to keep the dangerous Rams forwards in check.
Before that great chances fell to Hall and Frater but their headers did not have enough power to beat Norris.
AFC's big chance to win the game was when Hall was fouled in the box. A big delay in taking the penalty seem to affect Hall, as he blasted his effort over the bar with 10 minutes remaining. Then with the game entering the final minutes, a great chance fell to Bill Morgan but he did not get enough on his header as it flew wide of the mark.
So in the end, a point apiece and the players need to take great credit for delivering a great game.
AFC Team: Head. Tavernier. Carney. R.Frater (Morgan 28). Griffiths. Close. Bircham. Olaleye. Christie. Hall. N.Frater. Subs not used. Mannion. Silford. Murphy
Scorers: Hall (11). N.Frater (60)